Tulpehaking Nature Center to Hold a Build a Bee Abode Workshop

The Mercer County Park Commission invites you to join the fight against declining bee populations by taking part in a Build a Bee Abode workshop on Saturday, February 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tulpehaking Nature Center. Participants will be provided with the knowledge and materials to create a bee-utiful bee home.

Workshop participants will join the nature center manager for a short presentation about native bees and techniques to attract them, and then take to the trails to collect the materials and construct these humble abodes to take home.

New Jersey is home to 300 different species of native bees, which are of vital importance to the Garden State. More than 100 crops depend on bees for pollination — including our famous Jersey tomato. Scientists worry that native bees are decreasing in number due to lack of nesting habitats in urban areas. Do your part to welcome bees back into your yard. This workshop is $5 per person or $20 per family. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

Preregistration is required; please call 609-888-3218 or e-mail natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

The Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton. It 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, go to www.mercercountyparks.org.

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