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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://www.dupontnaturecenter.org/ .
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.
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