Summer at the... HEY, HEY IT’S A BIRTHDAY! Celebrate your child’s special day at the Tulpehaking Nature Center with hands-on activities and guided nature exploration led by one of our staff naturalists. You bring the cake and decorations, and we’ll provide the program and party room. 157 Westcott Avenue Hamilton, New Jersey 08691 609-303-0704 COME IN FOR A VISIT ! NEW! Tulphaking Nature Center Summer Hours through September 13th : Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm Mondays: 10 am to 4 pm This summer the Tulpehaking Nature center will spotlight “The Absorbed Landscape: Art Installations Expressing the Human-Earth Connection” by artist Joy Kreves. Experience the texture, shape and color of the world in a new way with these 3-D collages of moss, twigs, ceramics and more. Children can create their own nature art to put up for display in our Hands-on Lab Room. The exhibit will be on display during the Nature Center’s regular business hours through September 13th (closed Memorial Day weekend). Artist and creator of the installation will be on site June 7th from 2 to 3 pm, to discuss the exhibit and answer any questions. Exhibit is free and open to the public. The Tulpehaking Nature Center is the main gateway to the Abbott Marshlands, an urban oasis located on the western edge of central New Jersey, and bordered on the west by the Delaware River. The Nature Center provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore and discover the many cultural, historic and natural resources of the marsh. Need help meeting those badge requirements? Then register for a scouting activity at the Nature Center! Our naturalists are ready to help your group work toward completion of any nature- or sciencerelated badge through fun and interactive activities. Workshops are 1½ hours long and can accommodate up to 15 scouts and chaperones. Fees: $60 per 15 person In-County groups $75 per 15 person Non-County groups 2015 SUMMER TRAIL C R EW It is time to kick off the 2015 Summer Trail Crew season! Trail Crew is a dedicated team of volunteers that maintain the naturalized park areas. Projects range from blazing trails, garden maintenance and trail trimming. For volunteer dates or more information email: Stewardship Coordinator, Emily Rogalsky at ste[email protected] Park Commission Nature Programs The Park Commission offers opportunities for adults, children, and families to connect with nature. Programs vary from brisk trail hikes and citizen science initiatives to family-oriented pond explorations and children’s summer camps. Program participants have the opportunity to spend time as a family, meet other outdoor enthusiasts, and have an up-close encounter with nature. Experienced naturalists guide educational programs in some of Mercer County’s most pristine natural areas, and take an explorative approach to learning about the natural world. Summer 2 01 5 Summer 2015 Nature Programs LICHEN WALK Saturday, July 11 10 am - 12 pm Tulpehaking Nature Center $5 per person $20 per Family Join lichenologist Dennis Waters for two hours of fun field work and learn how to identify some of the common lichens of Mercer County. Gain insight into the interesting lifestyles and ecological importance of lichens. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED for all programs, unless noted. NATIONAL TRAILS DAY Saturday, June 6 10 am - 2 pm Roebling Park Free In celebration of National Trails Day, bring your family out for a free interactive scavenger hunt through Roebling Park. Scavenger hunt is geared for families with children 6 and older. Scavenger hunt groups start every 15 minutes and last about 90-minutes. EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANT WALK & TALK Sunday, June 7 2 - 4 pm Howell Farm Suggested Donation $3 Enjoy a beautiful afternoon at Howell Living History Farm while Mercer County Stewardship Coordinator, Emily Rogalsky, leads you on a walk to learn about the variety of beneficial edible and medicinal plants that grow right in your backyard. ARTIST’S TALK WITH JOY KREVES Sunday, June 7 2 - 3 pm Tulpehaking Nature Center Free BUTTERFLY WALKS 1 - 3 pm 1 - 3 pm 1 - 3 pm 1 - 3 pm Sunday, July 12 Afternoon Mercer Meadows @ Reed Bryan Farm Tulpehaking Nature Center Baldpate Mountain @ Summit Lot Howell Farm Howell Farm EARLY BIRD WALKS Tuesday, July 28 8 - 10 am Tuesday, August 11 8 - 10 am Tuesday, August 25 8 - 10 am D&R Greenway’s St. Michael’s Preserve Baldpate Mountain @ Fiddler’s Creek Lot Mercer Meadows @ Reed Bryan Farm CRICKET WALK Suggested Donation $3 Experience nightfall on the farm during this under-the stars excursion. The horses and sheep may be in for the evening, but that doesn't mean the farm is asleep! Tune up your night vision and join County Naturalist Jenn Rogers and farmers for a walk through the barns, fields and lanes where animals with nocturnal schedules are just starting their ‘day’. BATS OF THE MARSH Free Butterflies have been described as the pulse of nature; their population changes provide a look into the health of an ecosystem. Work on your identification skills with Naturalist Jenn Rogers on these walks. Butterfly watchers of all experience levels are welcome to join. Saturday, August 15 7:30 pm Tulpehaking Nature Center $5 per person $20 per Family Join us for an evening bat watch and learn about these fascinating, insect-eating, acrobatic mammals as day turns into night. We'll use an acoustic detector to unlock the "secret" ultrasonic language of bats as they pass overhead. A flashlight and insect repellant are recommended. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. To register or for more information: Executive Director Kevin B. Bannon Call: 609-303-0706 Email: [email protected] Thursday, July 2 Thursday, July 9 Wednesday, July 15 Wednesday, July 22 Wednesday, July 29 Thursday, July 30 Wednesday, August 5 Thursday, August 6 Wednesday, August 12 Wednesday, August 19 Thursday, August 20 Wednesday, August 26 Tour Rates: In-County Adults: $10/person Children & Seniors: $8/person Out-of-County Adult: $12/person Children & Seniors: $10/person Our Nature Tours are a popular way to experience the plants and wildlife of Mercer Lake. View great blue herons, double-crested cormorants and painted turtles in their natural habitat from your seat on the County’s pontoon boat. Tour tickets are sold at the Mercer County Park Marina beginning at 11:30 am on the day of the tour. Children must be 6 years old or older. Boat seats 15 people. For more information, please call 609-448-4004. KAYAK TOURS OF MERCER LAKE Join us for a casual hike dedicated to spotting our fine-feathered friends. All abilities of birders are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, extra binoculars are available. Free for adults and teens. Howell Farm Tours run 12 - 1:30 pm and 2 - 3:30 pm, weather permitting. Free This summer, the Park Commission will participate in an annual butterfly count to help collect data for the North American Butterfly Association and their mission to monitor butterfly populations. Participants must register to take part in the Butterfly Count. Time determined by temperature. Friday, August 14 7:30 - 9 pm Meet the artist behind the Tulpehaking Nature Center’s current exhibit; The Absorbed Landscape. Find out what inspired her, how she created it, and get answers to your own questions of how this exhibit came to be. Wednesday, June 10 Wednesday, June 24 Wednesday, July 8 Friday, July 31 ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT PONTOON BOAT NATURE TOURS OF MERCER LAKE County Executive Brian M. Hughes Friday, July 3 Friday, July 10 Friday, August 14 Friday, August 28 Wednesday, September 9 Tours run 9:30 am - 12 pm Tour Rates: In-County $20/person Out-of-County $22/person Enjoy a morning of paddling, exploration, and wildlife viewing on a Kayak Tour! The Park Commission provides the kayaks, paddles, binoculars and life jackets. Participants will receive kayak instruction before the tour. For adults and children over 16 years old. A limited number of kayaks are available for each tour; pre-registration is required.
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