Tulpehaking Nature Center Opens

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Ribbon Cutting (D Byers photo)

Ribbon Cutting (D Byers photo)

Opening of the Tulpehaking Nature Center at the Abbott Marshlands

Dedication of the center and cutting of the ribbon by Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes took place on Oct. 7th. Among the invited guests were ; NJ Senator Linda Greenstein; Mercer County Freeholders; representatives of NJ DEP, NJ DOT, NJ Transit; staffs of the Mercer County Planning Office, Mercer County Park Commission, and D&R Greenway Land Trust; and members of the Stewardship Council, council committees, Friends for the Abbott Marshlands; Jeanne Perantoni, SSP Architects; and Richard Hunter, site archaeologist.

Remarks were made by emcee Kevin Bannon, Director of Mercer County Park Commission; Brian Hughes, County Executive; Dennis Whigham, Senior Botanist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and marsh ecologist; Linda Mead, President D&R Greenway Land Trust; and Kelly Rypkema, manager of the nature center.   The Marsh Native Plant Garden was dedicated to Mary and Charlie Leck.

The nature center opened to the public with family activities on Oct. 11 (Family Fun Day) and Oct. 12. (Kayaking at Spring Lake).





Awards – 7th Voices for the Abbott Marshlands

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September 20th. ‘The Abbott Marshlands – More than Meets the Eye’ exhibit opened at The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park to acclaim. In a nutshell, it features the 7th Voices for the Abbott Marshlands photographs, art in other media, as well as artifacts from the Abbott Farm National Historic Landmark and natural history panels. The artifacts were loaned by the NJ State Museum and panels, designed by Kelly Rypkema, provided by Mercer County Parks. The Voices show was juried by Aubrey Kauffman and Jeff Worth; the exhibit curator was Jack Koeppel.

Photography show awards were sponsored by Princeton Photography Club, Sierra Club – Central Jersey group, and Washington Crossing Audubon Society, as well as Friends for the Abbott Marshlands.  Awards went to:

Best in Show – Towards the Light – Alice Grebanier

Best in Flora – Fern – Charles Plohn

Best in Habitats – Sunset at Spring Lake – Terry Donofrio

Best in Wildlife – Caterpillar Camouflage – Jacqui Bonavito

Best in People Connecting with Nature – Kayaking – Ann Darlington

Honorable Mention:

Alone in a Crowd – Ann Darlingon

The Blue Dream – Dumitru Drinovan

Kingfisher –Natalie Morawsky


To see these photos, go to 2014 Photography Gallery.


The exhibit is at Ellarslie until Nov. 16, 2014. Photographs may then be seen at the Tulpahaking Nature Center from Nov. 20 – April 1.   Sponsors of the exhibit at Ellarslie are: D&R Greenway Land Trust, Friends for the Abbott Marshlands, Mercer County Park Commission, New Jersey State Museum, and The Trenton Museum Society.


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