Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to celebrate Earth Day April 18
DOVER (April 15, 2015) – DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a Division of Fish & Wildlife facility located in the heart of Delaware’s Bayshore Region, will hold an Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18.
The event will feature hands-on activities throughout the day, including “We Care about Delaware Bay,” a special program about aquatic wildlife that inhabit the Mispillion Harbor shoreline. Participants will learn about fish and visit with live horseshoe crabs, whelk and diamondback terrapins.
Other special events coming up at the center include:
- 6th Annual Peace, Love and Horseshoe Crab Festival – 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, May 16
- Youth Fish-N-Fun Days – 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., on the following Tuesdays: June 23 (for ages 6-9) and June 30 (for ages 10-13)
- Family Fish-N-Fun Day – 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, July 5
Perched on the edge of Mispillion Harbor at the intersection of the mouths of the Mispillion River and Cedar Creek, DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve offers a variety of interactive exhibits, school tours and educational programs. Indoor freshwater tanks allow a close-up look at a variety of aquatic species, from horseshoe crabs to diamondback terrapins.
In the spring, the center’s large deck overlooking the harbor offers wildlife watchers a front-row seat for the spring spectacle of spawning horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds including federally-threatened red knots that depend on horseshoe crab eggs to help fuel their 9,000-mile journey.
DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, near Slaughter Beach, east of Milford. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the center and its programs, please call 302-422-1329 or visit DuPont Nature Center.
The DuPont Nature Center supports 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.
Vol. 45, No. 107