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For more information, contact Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Celebrate Earth Day at a DNREC event

DOVER (April 17, 2012) – To celebrate the 44th annual Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is holding a variety of public events.

“For more than 40 years, Earth Day has been a day to celebrate and promote conservation of our planet. For DNREC, our environmental conservation partners, and the many community groups and volunteers who support efforts to conserve our precious natural resources, Earth Day is every day,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “We hope all Delawareans will join us and celebrate Earth Day by pledging to take an action that will protect our planet– for instance, riding a bike to work rather than driving a car, taking reusable bags to the grocery store, planting a tree, or turning off a light when you leave the room.”

Here are some of the Earth Day events planned:

DuPont Nature Center Earth Day Celebration
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, April 19
DuPont Nature Center
2992 Lighthouse Road, Milford (near Slaughter Beach)

Visitors will learn about marine wildlife, water quality, clean earth and living shoreline, and will have the opportunity to participate in recycled crafts, take an earth pledge, make recycled plastic flowers, and create a fish make-n-take project.

Perched on the edge of Mispillion Harbor at the intersection of the mouths of the Mispillion River and Cedar Creek, the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve offers a variety of interactive exhibits. Indoor tanks allow a close-up look at a variety of aquatic species, from horseshoe crabs to diamondback terrapins. For more information,

Dover Mirror Lake Volunteer Planting Event
9 a.m., Tuesday, April 22
Mirror Lake at the Fireman’s Memorial
Park Drive, Dover

Senator Chris Coons and DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara will join with DNREC scientists and volunteers to plant native shrubs, and flowering plants on the intertidal wetland and bank of Mirror Lake. The plantings will not only beautify the area, but will also create habitat for small fish and help restore the ecology of the lake. Registration required by contacting DNREC Public Affairs at 302-739-9902.

Wilmington’s Earth Day Celebration – Clean Waterways in Wilmington
Press Conference at the city’s Earth Day Celebration
Noon, Tuesday, April 22
10th & North Market Streets
Rodney Square, Wilmington

Topics:  Clean Water for Delaware’s Future and Air Quality Awareness Week
Speakers: DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara, EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M, Garvin, City of Wilmington Communications Director Alexandra Coppadge, American Lung Assoc. President and CEO Deb Brown, and Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Exec. Director Jennifer Adkins. For more information, contact DNREC Public Affairs at 302-739-9902.

 Delaware State Parks

Earth Day-- Hike on History at Auburn Heights Preserve
10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 22
3000 Creek Road, Yorklyn, DE 19736

Hike the new Trolley Trail and Auburn Valley Trail at Auburn Heights Preserve, and learn about the area’s industrial and agricultural past. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this hour-long trip. For more information, call (302) 239-5687.

Party for the Planet – Earth Day Celebration at the Brandywine Zoo
10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26
1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802

Make every day Earth Day! Stop by a learning station or talk with a volunteer docent, meet live animals and learn about your “Carbon Footprint” during this fun, educational day!  Catch the Wilmington State Parks Nature on the Go Mobile near the Josephine fountain to find out more about Parks and Earth Day! For more information, call (302) 571-7850.

Earth Day Hike at Lums Pond State Park
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22
1068 Howell School Road, Bear, DE 19701

Join the park in celebrating Earth Day by taking a hike through the park to learn what plants and animals call Lums Pond home. This is a free event that all ages are welcome to join! For more information, call (302) 368-6989.

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt for Children
11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 22
Cape Henlopen State Park
15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958

Look for clues to some of the park’s plants and animals and discover how they hunt and live on our bit of planet Earth. Dress to go outside and explore! For ages 5 to 9. Limit 16. Cost is $5 per child. Contact the Nature Center for more information and additional kid-friendly programs available April 19-April 24. Learn how you can celebrate Earth Day, every day!  (302) 645-6852.

Vol. 44, No. 114

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