157 Westcott Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08610
Mercer County’s Tulpehaking Nature Center is the main educational facility for the Abbott Marshlands.
Located at 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton Township, New Jersey, this building was acquired in 2005 with NJ DEP Green Acres Development Grants to D&R Greenway Land Trust that were matched by Mercer County. It is owned by Mercer County and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission.
Because the ranch style home and property are located within the Abbott Farm National Historic Landmark, extensive archaeological surveys were required before renovations could begin. The Tulpehaking Nature Center opened to the public in October 2014.
‘Tulpehaking’ is a Lenape Indian word meaning ‘Land of the Turtle’. It is a name used for an area near the marsh and the turtle was a totem for one of the Lenape clans. There are many turtles to be seen in the Spring Lake area of Roebling Park. They’re most obvious in early spring when they can be seen sunning themselves on logs, at the edge of vegetation, or near the water surface.
Programs and exhibits (in development) encourage visitors to explore and discover the many cultural, historic, and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands.
NOTE: Due to Covid 19, the Nature Center is closed to the public until further notice.
The Nature Center staff continue to operate and deliver programs. For more information or to book a program, please call Kelly Rypkema, Nature Center Manager, at 609-888-3218 or via email
For information about the Tulpehaking Nature Center on the Mercer County Park Commission website, click here.