Oct. 11. Family Fun Day
Despite the morning rain, Family Fun Day was well attended. Among activities were examining feathers with a microscope, finding small organisms in pond water, spinning the marsh wheel (correct answers were rewarded with book marks), face painting, making a beaver hat, etc.
Two animal programs, one by Jenn Rogers, featuring turtles and a live corn snake, and by Diane Nickerson, who was accompanied by a Virginia opossum, broad-winged hawk, great-horned owl, and bats, were popular.
The Tulpehaking Nature Center at the Abbott Marshlands is located at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton. The current exhibit includes the Best of Voices for the Abbott Marshlands, winning photographs from six photo exhibits dating to 2004, as well as panels that show aspects of the marshlands species diversity and Indian culture. On Nov. 22, the 7th Voices show, currently at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, will move to the center and be there until April 1.
Photographs are by David Byers, except the corn snake by Mary Leck.
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).