Abbott Marshlands given the Dr. Ruth Patrick Excellence in Education Award

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LittleGirlBlueOn April 16, 2014, nominated by PSEG, the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin presented the Dr. Ruth Patrick Excellence in Education Award to Friends for the Abbott Marshlands, in Partnership with D&R Greenway Land Trust

The award was given for vision and leadership in developing and implementing environmental education and outreach programs for the Abbott Marshlands near Trenton, New Jersey.

Friends of the Abbott Marshlands would like to express our sincere thanks to our special cadre of supporters who have made this diverse array of educational projects at the Abbott Marshlands (formerly the Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh) possible.

Ecological and archeological studies have provided the foundation for education at the Abbott Marshlands for many years.  Numerous field and paddling trips have reached many students and the public.  Other programs for school groups such as Rider’s PROBE for high School students, used the marsh as an outdoor laboratory.  Many organizations, partners and volunteers have provided support and expertise.  Thus, as in an ecosystem, there has been a web of interconnections, one stage setting the way for the next, that has led to the existence of Mercer County’s Tulpehaking Nature Center at Roebling Park.

Watch for the opening of the new Nature Center; dedication is anticipated during the Autumn of 2014.  For information about the dedication as well as our events schedule click here.  We look forward to seeing you at the marsh!

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Update – Tulpehaking Nature Center

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Tulpehaking Nature Center

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Center Addition -classrooms

Center addition -classrooms; Jan. 2014

Renovations at 157 Westcott Ave. (Hamilton) are  completed. Once a permit of occupancy is granted, work can begin to make the center available to visitors for programs and as a place to learn about Abbott Marshlands nature and archaeology.

Mercer County is currently working on details for furnishings, internet connections, and displays so that it can be opened and operational as soon as possible. The opening and dedication are expected in October 2014.

The addition contains a large classroom space that’s approximately 1400 square feet. A partition will allow separation into two. This space will be available for classes and for meetings.   The outdoor pergola is 2,000 square feet.

There will be restroom facilities, accessible from outdoors, available during times when Roebling Park is open.

Parking will be near the Watson House.  No visitor parking will be provided on the street.

Initially, there will be temporary exhibits for visitors. Later, when funding becomes available, permanent exhibits will be installed. These will focus on the contributions of Charles Conrad Abbott to our understanding of the marshlands natural systems, as well as their archaeological legacy.

Visitors will be guided to explore the nearly trails and to discover the marsh on their own or with a guide.

Center Jan 2014

Pergola – Jan 2014

The center was funded by a Green Acres grant awarded to D&R Greenway Land Trust and with the Mercer County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund.

21 July 2014, update.

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