January 2018 – Abbott Marshlands Happenings

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

May 2018 bring you health and wealth in natural experiences – discover great views, excellent birds and plants, all to be found at the Abbott Marshlands. Join us for scheduled programs, or visit the marsh trails and the nature center on your own.

In March we will begin a series of 1st Saturday Wellness Walks, with RWJ Hospital, Hamilton. You can find details on the Jan – June schedule (click here).

  • “Second Life” exhibit begins Jan 5;  14th, reception.
  • Story time
  • Bird/ duck walks
  • Trail crews
  • Build a bluebird box

Volunteers needed
*Please let us know if you can provide help for the art exhibit reception January 14th. Contact us via info@abbottmarshlands.org. Thanks.
* Trail crews (see below).

PROGRAMS

Note: some programs require registration & locations vary.
          (TNC = Tulpehaking Nature Center, information at bottom.)

TNC. First Friday Story Time. Jan. 5, 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.

TNC. January 5 – April 29. Art Exhibit – Second Life. Second Life, an 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. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 609-888 3218

January 13 (Sat.). Bird walk. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Leader: Brad Merritt.  Washington Crossing Audubon Society. Meet at Spring Lake, Roebling Park. Take S. Broad St. to Sewell Ave.; turn onto to Sewell; drive to the end, turn left and drive down the hill to the parking lot.  Contact info: Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964

January 14 (Sun.), Winter Duck Walk.  1-3 p.m.  Each winter many species of ducks flock to the wetlands and waterways of NJ, including the Abbott Marshlands.  Join expert Bill Pitman for this excursion into the marsh to view wintering waterfowl. Please dress for cold, windy weather, and bring binoculars if you have them!  For information and to register: 609 888 3218.  Meet at Spring Lake, Roebling Park.  Take S. Broad St. to Sewell Ave.; turn onto Sewell; drive to the end, turn left and drive down the hill to the parking lot.

TNC. January 14 (Sun.), Reception for Second Life, 2-4 p.m. Meet artist Spriha Gupta and enjoy refreshments provided by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands as we welcome this new exhibit to the nature center. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610. FREE, sponsored by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands.

January 19 (Fri.). Trail Crew. 1-3 p.m. Roebling Park. To join the trail crew and to get involved with Abbott Marshlands trail stewardship, contact Jillian Stark, Mercer County Land Steward, at jsstrak@mercercounty.org or call 609-303-0718.

(A trails stewards program for the Abbott Marshlands will be announced in late February. If interested, please contact info@abbottmarslands.org.

TNC. January 25 (Thurs), Your Wild Yard Series: Build Your Own Bluebird Box. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tulpehaking Nature Center $5/person + $15/box Registration required. RSVP to natureprograms@mercercounty.org . Become a steward of your own wild yard! Come celebrate the success story of the eastern bluebird’s comeback in North America in the past decades. Learn about their ecology and habitat preferences. You will be guided through the assembly of a bluebird box that can go home with you to help improve your backyard habitat. By building them during the winter time, your nest box will be ready and available to welcome these birds when they return in the early spring. Building materials and tools will be provided. Bring your own gloves. Ages 12+. Registration is required to natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

TNC. First Friday Story Time. Feb. 2, 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.

February 2 (Fri.). Trail Crew. 1-3 p.m. Roebling Park. To join the trail crew and to get involved with Abbott Marshlands trail stewardship, contact Jillian Stark, Mercer County Land Steward, at jsstrak@mercercounty.org or call 609-303-0718.

(A trails stewards program for the Abbott Marshlands will be announced in late February. If interested, please contact info@abbottmarslands.org

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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.

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

http://mercercountyparks.org/facilities/tulpehaking-nature-center.

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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