Every day, the tides change twice at the Abbott Marshlands in Trenton, NJ, and depending on what time you are there, you can experience two very different natural habitats. When the tide is high, an expansive lake forms, but as the tide recedes, the lake bottom becomes a mudflat, exposing prey for the hundreds of species of birds that live here year round, and birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. The Tulpehaking Nature Center at the Abbott Marshlands is the gateway to this changing habitat, and the educational anchor for visitors to learn about the history of the Marshlands and the wildlife that lives here.
The Center is a short bus or bike ride from the Trenton Train Station where you can connect to SEPTA Regional Rail to Philadelphia and NJ Transit train and bus lines. Four bus routes (409, 603, 607, 613) also stop a few blocks away from the center and other gateways to the park. In addition, the Center is a short and flat bike ride from the Trenton Train Station so bring your bike on board to cover the last few miles.
Our team recently met at the Trenton Train Station, and biked the three-miles to the Center. The trip was under 20 minutes on side streets with few cars on the road. After we arrived and locked our bikes to the bike rack at the main entrance, we spoke with Kelly Rypkema, Director of Environmental Education, about the Center, the Marshlands, and what she hopes people learn and experience during their visit here.
Watch our video interview with Kelly Rypkema, Director of Environmental Education
The easiest way to get directions to the Tulpehaking Nature Center at the Abbott Marshlands is to download the GoPhillyGo Android app or save the GoPhillyGo mobile website to your home screen. Use GoPhillyGo to stay up to date on events happening at the Marshlands and to find many more exciting places to visit that you don’t need a car to get to.