The snow is gone, there are red-winged blackbirds calling as well as spring peepers and cricket frogs! Soon seedlings will appear and the now brown marshlands will turn green, in subtle and exuberant shades. Wild flowers? Visit Northern Community Park for skunk cabbage flowers. Then watch for other early bloomers and listen for returning avian migrants and summer residents.
March 2 (Fri). First Friday Story Time. 10:30 a.m. Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a craft or activity. We’ve chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside or outside if the weather is nice! FREE. Donations welcome. For information: 609-888-3218. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ.
March – April 29. Art Exhibit – Second Life. Exhibit by artist Spriha Gupta explores the rich textures and colors of nature through the use of reusable items like tissue paper, magazines, tree bark, flowers, and leaves. On view: Fridays, Saturdays 10 a.m. -4 p.m. and Sundays noon – 4 p.m. For information: 609-888-3218. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ.
March 3 (Sat.), Walking in Nature, Wellness Walk. 10 am – noon. 1st Saturday walks for those not generally comfortable outdoors or alone on trails without a walking companion and all who would like to discover the marshlands trails, a new location each month. Abbott Brook Trail at Watson Woods, Roebling Park – meet at Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton. Guides: Charlie Fisher & Mary Leck. Cosponsors: Robert Wood Johnson – Hamilton, Tulpehaking Nature Center/ Mercer County Park Commission, & Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. For information: 609-888-3218.
March 16 (Fri.), Beaver Walk. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Leader: Kelly Rypkema, Mercer County Naturalist. Donations accepted. For kids, but all are invited. Under-age children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration required, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-888-3218. Search for beavers and other wildlife that come out only at night. Bring a flashlight. Meet at Spring Lake – Roebling Park, Hamilton, NJ. Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave., at traffic light turn onto Sewell Ave.; at the end of Sewell, turn left and drive down hill to parking lot. (Cosponsors: Washington Crossing Audubon Society, Mercer County Park Commission; Friends for the Abbott Marshlands).
March 24 (Sat.), Marsh Cleanup, 9 a.m. – noon. Bring gloves if you have them, water to drink; wear long sleeves, long pants. Meet at Spring Lake – Roebling Park, Hamilton, NJ. Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave., at traffic light turn onto Sewell Ave.; at the end of Sewell, turn left and drive down hill to parking lot. Please register. Contact: Julia Galayda, AmeriCorps Watershed Management Area 20 Ambassador (609 888 3218). Cosponsors with Friends: AmeriCorps, Mercer County Park Commission, Sierra Club, Washington Crossing Audubon, D&R Greenway Land Trust.
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*App – Abbott Marshlands Paddling Tour –free; it can be downloaded: TravelStory GPS available through the App Store and on Google Play.
Explore the Abbott Marshlands with a guide or walk or paddle the trails on your own! If you are an inexperienced paddler, not familiar with tidal rivers, you are strongly encouraged to learn with an experienced guide.
Walking trail maps are available for Roebling Park, Northern Community Park, the Bordentown Bluffs, and the D&R Canal State Park Tow Path Trail, see njtrails.org.
Tupehaking Nature Center – 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ:
Center hours: Fridays & Saturdays – 10 AM-4 PM, Sundays – noon – 4 PM;
other times for programs and by appointment.
Manager and naturalist –Kelly Rypkema – 609-888-3218.