September Marsh Happenings

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New trail maps on the website (see Trails & Directions)..
Exhibit, ‘Days Out of Doors: Exploring the Abbott Marshlands’, at the Nature Center, on view until Oct. 7.
New trail and interpretive signs.  Throughout the marsh.
Consider jointing the Friends. (See Contact us)
Volunteer to be a trail steward.

FALL SCHEDULE

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

September 1. 1st Saturday Walk, Roebling Park – Island Trail. 10 am – noon. Meet at Spring Lake, Roebling Park. Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave., turn onto Sewell, drive to end, turn left and drive down the hill to the parking lot. Trail is flat. Guide: Kelly Rypkema

TNC. Fishing Club – Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs.   Saturdays, September 1-Nov. 17. 9:00-11:00 a.m. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610. FREE, Registration and participation in the whole series required. Call 609-888-3218. Join us as we dive deep into the world of fishing, including fish ID, selecting the proper lure, cooking your catch, and fun exciting trips, all fishing related. Designed specifically for youth aged 10-14, the goal is to develop positive life skills, nurture self-esteem and confidence, and participate in constructive recreation. Limited to 15 participants.

TNC. September 7. 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

TNC. September 8, 15, 22, 29 (Sat). Birding 201. 8:00-10:00 a.m. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610. Each class $5/person or $15 for the series. Registration required to: natureprograms@mercercounty.org. In this a continuation of our Birdwatching series from last spring, we’ll help you build your birdwatching 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.

TNC. Watson Woods Walking Club. Wednesdays, starting September 12. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610. FREE. Tie up your sneakers and join us for this new 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. September 15 (Sat). 12-3 p.m. River Days. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610. FREE (Sponsored by the Alliance for Watershed Education). Celebrate the life-giving waters of the Abbott Marshlands with family activities, prizes, and lunch on the lawn. Leave your mark on the nature center with Guerilla Haiku, a new special exhibit featuring the work of you, our visitors. Then get a closer look at the Abbott Marshlands with a family-friendly activity course and wildlife search on the trails. Are you up to the challenge? Free meals with dessert to the first 100 visitors. Opportunity to learn about the Roebling Park Restoration Project

TNC. September 20 (Thurs). Roebling Park Restoration Project – Public Information Meeting. 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm/. An open forum for members of the public to learn about and ask questions about the Roebling Park Restoration project.  A representative from Princeton Hydro, the company contracted by the county to perform the restoration, County Naturalist, Jenn Rogers, and County Land Steward, Jillian Stark will be in attendance. Tulpehaking Nature Center,157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ. 609-888-3218.

TNC. Girl Scout Days – Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 (Sundays), 1-4 p.m. – Check TNC for registration details and specifics about badges.

September 30 (Sun.). World Rivers Day. Take a walk! Enjoy the Delaware River. (No formal programs scheduled this year). 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.

TNC. Cub Scout Days – Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, (Sundays), 1-4 p.m. – Check TNC for registration details and specifics about badges.

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Also:
Photography any time trails and parks are open!

PHOTOGRAPHERS:  Two exhibits for your consideration.

Healing Trails exhibit (trails includes the Abbott Marshlands tidal water trail and upland trails (combined) – submission due date is Nov. 4, 2018.   For submission details see: https://abbottmarshlands.org/photo-gallery/voices-for-the-marsh-photography-show/

9th Voices for the Abbott Marshland Photography Show.  Open to all photographers.  Entries due Feb. 15, 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, see www.abbottmarshlands.org. Questions: marshphotos@abbottmarshlands.org

To learn about the Abbott Marshlands see: www.abbottmarshlands.org.

For 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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*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 njtrails.org.

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