December / January Marsh Happenings

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Below: Trash, programs, photo show info, and more.

Trash pick up.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the trash pick up on Nov. 10th such a success. Sara Sayed, Watershed Ambassador for Area 20, coordinated this effort.  Special shout outs to the American Heritage Scouts and the Rider University students who made tremendous contributions. Altogether more that 55 bags of trash and assorted other debris including a very large TV were removed. Most bags contained indestructible plastics that were prevented from continuing to the ocean and contributing to the enormous gyres of plastics that adversely affect all kinds of marine organisms.

Bagels & Cream generously donated the bagels and Friends for the Abbott Marshlands the coffee.







Rider University students with abandoned TV and other stuff.

The next formal trash pick up will be in Marsh, but each day visitors help. Thank you to all!

Exhibit at Tulpehaking Nature Center: ‘Gorilla Haiku’.  Haiku by visitors, young and older!  Try your hand too.

New trail maps on the website (see Trails & Directions).
New trail and interpretive signs.  Throughout the marsh.
Consider jointing the Friends. (See Contact us)
Volunteer to be a trail steward.

Call for entries
Open to all photographers. 9th Voices for the Abbott Marshlands Photography Show. Entries are due Feb. 15th; see call for entries for specifics.  The show will open March 17, 2019.  The 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, see Questions:

Photography any time trails and parks are open!


Programs (schedule to Feb.):
Programs below include Tulpehaking Nature Center (TNC) listings. The nature center is located at 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ. 609-888-3218

TNC. Wednesdays. Watson Woods Walking Club, 10-11:30. Meet at the Tulpehaking Nature Center. 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, 08610. Info: 609 888 3218. Tie up your sneakers and join us for this weekly series. Enjoy an easy mile-long walk with our group as we explore beautiful Spring Lake or other trails of Roebling Park each week. Coffee and refreshments will follow each outing.

TNC. December 7, January 4, February 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! Donations benefit the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. FREE, donations welcome. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ. Info: 609 888 3218.

TNC. December 9, January 13, February 10 (Sunday). Winter Bird and Duck Walk, 1-3 p.m. Meet at Spring Lake, Roebling Park. Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave., drive to the end of Sewell, turn left and drive down the hill to the parking lot. REGISTRATION required: 609 888 3218. Join us for a casual hike dedicated to spotting our fine feathered friends. All abilities of birders are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, extra binoculars are available for those who don’t. Free. For adults and teens.

TNC. December 8, January 19, February 9. Girl Scout Days – Winter 2018.
A series on the beauty of winter focused on art. Girl scouts attending the full 3-hr program will meet all requirements for the badge. (Patch not included.) Bring a snack!
Dec. 8, 9am-12 noon – Brownie Outdoor Art Creator
Jan. 19, 1-4 p.m. – Junior Outdoor Art Explorer
Feb. 9, 1-4 p.m. – Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice

Girl Scout Days are open to individual scouts and groups as long as space is available.
Registration and pre-payment required. 609-888-3218. $8/girl scout (county resident); $10/girl scout (non-resident).

January 5, 2019. 1st Saturday Walk. Bordentown Beach. A winter walk, with photography opportunities as the marsh show entries are due Feb. 15th. 10 a.m. – noon.  Guide- Mary Leck. Some tidal ice, a bit of local history, and, time permitting, a walk to lock 1 of the D&R Canal. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Bordentown Beach: take W Park St, and drive down the hill past the light rail station. Contact: 732-821-8310.

January 12 (Saturday) 9 am. Bird Walk. Led by Brad Merritt and Andrew Bobe. Follow the trails and see how the marsh and its wildlife adjust to the cold weather. In case of inclement weather, contact Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964. Directions: Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave. turn onto Sewell at traffic light; at road’s end, turn left and continue downhill to parking lot. Co-sponsored by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands.

February 2. 1st Saturday walk. Spring Lake Roebling Park – Island Trail with Wintering Ducks. 10 a.m. – noon.  Meet at Spring Lake. Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave., turn onto Sewell at traffic light; at road’s end, turn left and continue downhill to parking lot.Guide: Kelly Rypkema.  Cosponsors with Friends: Robert Wood Johnson Hospital – Hamilton, Mercer County Park Commission.


Marshlands video produced by the two Alliance for Watershed Education interns, Amanda Buchner and Giovani Rivera who interned at the TNC summer 2018.

Links to the video on Facebook:<>   And Youtube: []<> Abbott Marshlands<>

For 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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*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 Trails & Direction or



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