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Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center celebrates Earth Day on April 20

SLAUGHTER BEACH (April 16, 2013) – DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve near Milford will celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the center.

The day’s events will include:

·         10 a.m. to noon – Activities for kids with nature center staff and volunteers, including nature journaling and learning about the harmful effects of trash on wildlife;

·         1 to 2:30 p.m. – Shorebirds 101, a presentation by biologists Kevin Kalasz and Anthony Gonzon about migratory shorebirds and how to identify them;

·         3:30 to 5 p.m. – Ten Things You Should Know About the Horseshoe Crab, featuring amazingly fun tidbits about horseshoe crabs, with Gary and Sharon Kreamer; and

·         Visiting Slaughter Beach to look for horseshoe crabs, shorebirds and other critters.

The event is free of charge and open to all. For more information, call Dawn Webb at 302-422-1329 or email

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, a DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife facility, regularly offers a variety of interactive exhibits, school tours and educational programs. The Center is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford. From March 1 to April 30, hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sundays and Mondays. From May 1 through Aug. 31, hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 302-422-1329, or visit .

This program is part of DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, click Delaware Bayshore.

This program also is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.

 Vol. 43, No. 149

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