September 2017 Happenings!

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  • Art Exhibit – on going
  • Events
    Watson House Rededication
  • Appeal
  • Thanks
  • Support an Eagle Scout project
  • Water and upland trail apps
  • Council report

Note: program locations vary. TNC- Tulpehaking Nature Center.

Art Exhibit
TNC – At The Essence: Wildlife Reliefs.   Art exhibit ongoing until Oct 29. Susan Hoenig, sculptural paintings of animals on fabric. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 609-888-3218, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610.

During September (note that some programs require registration):

Sept. 1 (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. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ.  For Information: 609-888-3218.

Sept. Saturdays. Birding 201 Series. Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Each class $5/person or $15 for the series. Continuation of Bird Watching Series from last spring; Bill Pitman will help you build your bird watching skills by practicing on the birds that migrate through the Abbott Marshlands each Fall. Most time will be spent outdoors; dress accordingly, bring binoculars or borrow ours. Appropriate for teens and adults.  Registration required, please RSVP to 609-888-3218 or Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610.

Sept. 9 (Sat.) Evening Insects – Sit, Learn, Discover, 7-9 p.m. For kids of all ages.  Guide: Eugene Fuzy, Entomologist and Deputy Mayor of Bordentown Township (  Bring a chair and sit near a light trap to discover Insects that are active after dark.  Insect species represent more than half of all living organisms, and they are the most diverse animal group on Earth, yet we know very few of those that live nearby.  See what Northern Community Park has to offer.  Free.  Meet at Bordentown Township’s Northern Community Park on Groveville Road, between Rts. 130 and 206. Contact / info: 732-821-8310.  (Cosponsors with Friends: Bordentown Township Environmental Commission).


Sunday, September 10, 2017
You are Cordially Invited to Join us
for the Rededication of
Isaac Watson House
NJDAR State Headquarters
151 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08610

the Fun Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Tour our House Beautiful
Learn the History of the Watsons of Notinghamshire
See Plans for our Future Pollinator Garden
Visit the Tulpehaking Nature Center
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 2:30 p.m.
The Founders Committee
of the New Jersey State Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
R.S.V.P. by August 31, 2017
Janice Bongiovanni – 973-865-8575

Sept. 10 (Sun.) Grandparents’ Day Hike, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.   Celebrate Grandparent’s Day by coming out for a walk at Roebling Park. We’ll take a stroll around Spring Lake and see what kinds of critters we can discover. No theme, no focus, just a family stroll around the lake. Meet at parking lot: 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. FREE. Contact/ information: 609-888-3218

Sept 24 (Sun.) World Rivers Day along the Delaware River, 2-3:30 p.m. Discover the Delaware River, Delaware & Raritan Canal and Abbott Marshlands from the Light Rail with railroad historian John Kilbride.   Meet at the Bordentown RiverLINE light rail station.  (Turn left into parking lot at 100 W. Park Street at Prince Street, above the boat landing), purchase tickets, and receive a brief introduction before boarding the train.  Tickets are $1.60 ($.75 for seniors).  Contac/ information: To obtain materials, please pre-register using:; subject line –‘World Rivers Day’.

Optional walk to the D&R Canal following the trail ride.

World Rivers Day is a global celebration of the world’s waterways, observed every last Sunday in September.  Established in 2005, it highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness while encouraging the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. Rivers in every country face an array of threats, and World Rivers Day promotes the active involvement of citizens to ensure the health of rivers in the years ahead.  The focus this year will be the trains along the Delaware River.  Cosponsors: Washington Crossing Audubon Society, Bordentown City Environmental Commission


Support Appeal
In case you’re not on our mailing list, please consider supporting the marshlands:

  1. A financial contribution. Please Donate (click on Donate) or by check (Write “Friends for the Abbott Marshlands / D&R Greenway Land Trust”; mail to: Friends for the Abbott Marshlands, c/o D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540). Your tax-deductible contribution will directly support the Abbott Marshlands.
  2. Attend educational programs offered by the Friends and by the Tulpehaking Nature Center. Bring guests. Share your caring for the Marsh with a child!
  3. Volunteer. The Marsh needs many hands. Volunteer to lead a walk along your favorite trail, help organize the herbarium (some knowledge of local plants would be useful, but not necessary), coordinate trash pick-ups, prepare PR for programs, etc.

Friends for the Abbott Marshlands are grateful to all who have volunteered time or other support to caring for the Abbott Marshlands. The field and paddle trips, trash pickups, and development of the new signs and apps represent contributions by many volunteers. We take this opportunity to thank all who helped.

A Friend of the Marsh, Yesterday and Today – link to letter with photos, click here.

Hello, my name is Nick Alpeza and I have been visiting the Abbott Marsh since I was five years old. That is my picture on the left from the Friends for the Abbott Marsh website (photo taken by Dr. Mary Leck and used with permission). I am now seventeen years old and working on my Eagle Scout Project. For my project I will be working on the kiosks at Spring Lake and Watson’s Creek. I will be painting both kiosks, and installing new park maps and locking message centers. I will also have a litter cleanup and build a perennial garden behind the Spring Lake kiosk. I have gained a lot of knowledge and enjoyment from this area and want to give back to the Abbott Marsh. I chose this project because the message centers will provide exposure and information to people visiting the marsh who may not know about the Friends for the Abbott Marsh or the Tulpehaking Nature Center.

In order to complete my project, I am requesting your financial support. It will cost approximately $1,400 to do my project. If you are willing and able to make a donation I would greatly appreciate it. Any amount, no matter how small would help me complete my project and earn my Eagle Rank in Scouting. Checks can be made out to BSA Troop 112, with Nick Alpeza-Eagle Scout Project on the memo line. Thank you for considering making a tax deductible donation to my project. You may send it to my address, which is 144 Davenport Drive, Chesterfield, NJ, 08515. I hope to hear from you soon.

Yours in scouting,

Nick Alpeza

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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


Abbott Marshlands Stewardship Council: The 2016 Council report, with 5-year summary, is available: (


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.