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Earth Day 2010 celebrations and events in Delaware


A recent tree planting along the buffer of the St. Jones River at Silver Lake in DoverApril 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day – the perfect time to celebrate the beauty and amenities of Delaware’s natural resources, volunteer at an earth-friendly activity, visit an Earth Day festival or event, or take everyday actions that reduce impacts to our environment.

Numerous volunteer activities and Earth Day events are available over the next few weeks for Delawareans of all ages.

Volunteer Activities:

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17 – Tree Planting at Blackbird Creek Reserve near Townsend; organized by DNREC’s Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR). Contact Kimberly Cole, 302-739-3436.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24 – Scrap Tire Drop-off Event: Seaford; DNREC's Solid and Hazardous Waste Section's Scrap Tire Program.

10 a.m., Saturday April 24 – Town of Townsend National Wildlife Habitat Certification and Storm Drain Marking event; contact Sara Wozniak, DNREC's Watershed Assessment Section at 382-0335 or

9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday April 24 – St. Jones River Planting Event behind the Elizabeth W. Murphey School in Dover; contact Lyle Jones, DNREC's Watershed Assessment Section at 302-739-9939.

6 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 28 – Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey Training at the St. Jones Reserve near Dover; Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Events Celebrating Earth Day:

1 p.m., Saturday, April 17 – Outdoor concert at Bellevue State Park, north of Wilmington, Delaware State Parks.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, April 17 – Delaware Solid Waste Authority Earth Day event at Killen’s Pond State Park near Felton.

 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17 – Kid’s Green Fest  at Newark Center for Creative Learning School. 

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17 – Earth Day Celebration 2010 – Party for the Planet at Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington; Delaware State Parks.

8 a.m., Saturday, April 17 – Earth Day 2010 – Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware State Parks.

10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17 – Earth Day 2010 – Salt Water Fly Tying for Kids at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes; Delaware State Parks

11 a.m., Saturday, April 17 – Earth Day 2010 – Salt Marsh Trek at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes; Delaware State Parks.

Horseshoe Crab surveying is a volunteer activity annually supported byDNREC2 p.m., Saturday, April 17 – Earth Day 2010 – Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes; Delaware State Parks.

 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday, April 18 – Delaware Green Fest held at Legislative Mall in Dover; organized by Homebuilders Assoication of Delaware Green Building Council.

12 - noon, Sunday, April 18 – Air Quality Partnership Kick-off at the Delaware Green Fest on Legislative Mall in Dover; Wilmington Area Planning Council

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., April 22 – Earth Day on Rodney Square in Wilmington organized by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the city of Wilmington; Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the City of Wilmington.

6 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 22 – Improving the Future for Delaware’s Wetlands presentations at the University of Delaware’s Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center in Newark organized by the Delaware Nature Society.

 9 a.m., Saturday April 24 – Duck and Trout Stamp Competition; Greenwood Owens Station; a Ducks Unlimited Greenwings event; contact DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-739-9911.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, April 24 – Ag Day 2010; University of Delaware College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Townsend Hall grounds in Newark. 

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, April 24 – Milford Bud & Bug Festival, in downtown Milford.

For a complete list of Delaware State Parks events, visit

Each year, Earth Day is officially celebrated on April 22, the anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control encourages Delawareans to make every day Earth Day by taking steps to protect and preserve our natural resources and have a positive impact on our environment. Go here for some of the actions you can do for Delaware.

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