August 31, 2017 Share

D&R Greenway, Tulpehaking Nature Center, Extend Internship of Delaware River Watershed Fellow

D&R Greenway, Tulpehaking Nature Center, Extend Internship of Delaware River Watershed Fellow Elizet Moraliz-Perez

D&R Greenway Land Trust and Tulpehaking Nature Center at the Abbott Marshlands extend the internship of Delaware River Watershed Fellow Elizet Moralez-Perez. The Alliance for Watershed Education internship engages young people in surrounding communities to become ambassadors for the Delaware River.

“We are especially excited that Elizet is bilingual,” says Tulpehaking Nature Center Director Kelly Rypkema. “A large proportion of the community surrounding the nature center is Spanish-speaking, and Elizet reaches out naturally to them.”

Moralez-Perez reports that, as a Trenton resident, she had not paid much attention to the outdoors. Her internship is teaching her “how to connect with my community; to inspire and guide them to fall in love with, care for and utilize nature.”

D&R Greenway and the Tulpehaking Nature Center are working together on the William Penn Foundation’s Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) of the Delaware River. This network of 23 environmental education centers from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey is aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of the Delaware River watershed, a 13,500 square mile system that provides drinking water for 15 million people. It includes public opportunities to explore, enjoy and engage in activities on their local waterways with the ultimate goal of advancing protection of this critical resource.

“After the fellowship, I plan to continue my education,” says Moralez-Perez. “At the beginning of the program I was unsure of what direction I wanted to take in life. Working alongside Kelly gave me a better understanding, not only in what I want to do but also in how to accomplish my goals. My journey doesn’t end after the fellowship. I will continue inspiring others that might be in the same place as I was in the start of the program. For that I am most thankful.”

 

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THE TULPEHAKING NATURE CENTER is the visitor’s home base for exploring the Abbott Marshlands, 3000 acres of natural open space located just 3 miles south of Trenton. Owned by Mercer County and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission, the nature center offers programs that feature the Abbott Marshlands’ forest, wetlands, and wildlife, 19 miles of hiking and kayaking trails, and its standing as one of the most significant American Indian archaeological sites in the Eastern United States.

D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 28TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship — caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity — D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved close to 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.

The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land.