SOJOURN UPDATE June 2018 & Summer Marsh Happenings

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June & summer Marshlands happenings

SOJOURN Day 8 UPDATE for June 23 (posted JUNE 22, 7:30 a.m.).  Breakfast for sojourners will be served at Bordentown Beach at 8:30.  Depending on thunderstorm forecast, a decision about paddling will be made by sojourn leaders at the beach.  If paddling isn’t possible, an alternate program is planned at the Tulpehaking Nature Center & Roebling Park, beginning at 9:45.  A walk is among the plans.


June 23 – Delaware Rive Sojourn; Lunch-n-Learn for non paddlers; deadline for registration June 15.

New trail maps on the website.
Exhibit, ‘Days Out of Doors: Exploring the Abbott Marshlands’, at the Nature Center

As well as other programs.
Summer nature center programs announced,
2019 Abbott Marshlands Photography exhibit.


May 31 (Thurs.). Meet and Greet. 6:30- 8 pm. New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, Friends for the Abbott Marshlands, New Jersey Audubon, and ANJEC are cosponsoring a meet-and-greet with Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo. Connect with your state legislator and let him know what environmental issues matter to you the most. RSVP today: . Location: Plainsboro Preserve, located at 80 Scotts Corner Rd, Cranbury, NJ 08512. Phone: (609) 897-9400).

June 1, 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. Donations benefit the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ.

June 2 (Sat.), Walking in Nature: Wellness Walk. Bordentown Bluffs, D&R Canal State Park.. 10 a.m. – noon. Meet at end of Stanton Ave., Bordentown Twp.   (Take US-206 south of I-195; take 1st right after Pointe Breeze apartments.  Look for Abbott Marshlands logo; street sign is missing). There is one steep hill, which can be avoided. Mountain Laurel should still be in bloom. Guides: Stephanie Fox & Mary Leck.

June 16 (Sat.), Tree Discovery Walk 10 a.m. to noon. Guide Nick Alpeza, Eagle Scout. Watson Woods, Roebling Park. A walk through Watson Woods with a focus on identifying the trees.  Learn about the trees of the marsh and their uses and ecological importance.  Meet at the Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ, (From South Broad St., turn onto West Park Ave., turn left onto Westcott, and right toward the Watson House. Park in parking lot at the Watson House).

June 23 (Sat). Delaware River Sojourn paddlers visit the Abbott Marshlands (Day 8). Day- trippers meet at the Bordentown Beach. at 9 a.m. For registration and details about the day (and week) see: This year’s theme is “Still Wild After All These Years”, a reflection on 50 years of protection and recognition under the National Wild & Scenic Rivers program.   Our local theme is: ‘Preservation: Preserved, Urban, and & Still Wild’.

Also, special for non paddlers:

Delaware River Sojourn – Lunch-n-Learn: White City Amusement Park

Sat., June 23, 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610
Questions: 609-888-3218.
$10/person, lunch included

REGISTRATION DEADLINE for Lunch-n-Learn: Friday, June 15, noon.

(a) via see Donate, use ‘Other’.
(b)   Under ‘Notes’ indicate: 
i. this is payment for the Sojourn Lunch
ii. the number of lunches for which you are paying.
iii. any dietary restrictions

If you decide to register by check: send or drop off a check for $10 (per lunch) made out to Friends for the Abbott Marshlands/ D&R Greenway Land Trust. Indicate that it’s for the Sojourn Lunch.

Address: Friends/ D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540. Please make sure that your check arrives by noon on Friday, June 15th. ]

Program presented by Jim Colello, local historian and author.   From merry-go-round to miniature railroad, learn about White City, the amusement park in the middle of the Hamilton marsh. Optional guided walk to follow for non paddlers, visiting the remaining structures of White City that are still visible to this day.


Tulpehaking Nature Center – summer offerings.

Insects – Sit, Learn, Discover Outside Event — Subject to Weather
August 10 (Fri)  (Aug. 11th rain date).  Evening Insects – Sit, Learn, Discover,
8-9:30 p.m.
(Eugene will stay longer if people are interested). For kids of
all ages. Guide: Eugene M. Fuzy, Entomologist and Deputy Mayor of
Bordentown Township.   Bring a chair and flashlight (for safe walking) and sit near a light trap to discover Insects that are active after dark.

Insect species represent more than half of all living animals, 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. For information: 732-821-8310.

Cosponsored by the Bordentown Twp Environmental Commission.



To learn about the Abbott Marshlands see:

For the Tupehaking Nature Center – 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ:

Center hours: Friday & Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays- noon – 4 PM; other times for programs

and by appointment.

Manager and naturalist – Kelly Rypkema

609-888-3218 or



FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT – Calling all photographers. Open to all.
The 9th Voices for the Abbott Marshland Photography Show call for entries will be available in June. The show will open in March 2019. The timing of this announcement is to encourage photographers to explore the trails during all seasons. 1st Saturday walks and other programs provide opportunities to explore marsh trails in this >3000 acre naturally and culturally important wetland area. For information about the marshlands, a schedule, and call for entries when available, see Questions:


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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


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.

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