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This fall, the Mercer County Park Commission’s Tulpehaking Nature Center will be hosting a new program series to encourage family bonding through a love of nature. First Friday Story Time will take place at 10:30 a.m. the first Friday of every month, starting September 4th. Geared for families with children between 4 and 8 years old, First Friday Story Time offers a great way to spend time with your child while they have fun learning about the natural world around them.

The Mercer County Park Commission’s Naturalist staff and educators have selected the very best stories to foster the imagination and help children appreciate nature and the legacy of the Lenape Indians who lived in the Abbott Marshlands. A craft or activity will follow to encourage further exploration of the story’s theme. Story time will be held rain or shine, whether outside in the open-air classroom of nature or inside by the warm and welcoming fireplace.

First Friday Story Time sessions are free with donations accepted to benefit the Friends of Mercer County Parks, which supports education programs at the nature center.

The Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton. Starting September 2015, the nature center is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

The nature center provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore and discover the many cultural, historic and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands. It is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. For more information about the nature center, programs and schedule of events, call (609) 888-3218 or go to www.mercercountyparks.org.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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