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 Contact Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

DNREC plans events to celebrate Earth Day 2012 

DOVER (April 20, 2012) – This weekend, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is holding a variety of events to celebrate the 42nd annual Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. 

“For more than 40 years, Earth Day has been a day to celebrate and promote conservation of our planet. For DNREC and our environmental conservation partners such as the Delaware Nature Society, Delaware Wildlands and the many other 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 that many more Delawareans will join us this Earth Day weekend by cleaning up trash along the Christina River, celebrating the adoption of our wetlands, participating in our State Parks programs or simply getting outdoors to enjoy our natural world.”

Here are some of the Earth Day events planned for this weekend:

Delaware Adopt-A-Wetland Program

The Delaware Adopt-A-Wetland Program (DE AAW) will be recognizing a new wetland adoption in each of the state’s three counties, bringing the total of statewide adopting groups to 114, with approximately 3,000 volunteers caring for wetlands across Delaware.

Wetland Adoption, New Castle County
11:45 a.m., Saturday, April 21
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane, Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, Wilmington Riverfront

Adopt-A-Wetland will welcome the Delaware Nature Society, adopting a portion of the 212-acre DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) wetlands on the Christina River. The DEEC is planning a day of events, music and educational activities for the center’s Earth Day celebration and, as part of those activities, the DE AAW adoption will take place on their stage. For more information about the DuPont Environmental Education Center, call 302-656-1490 or visit .

 Wetland Adoption, Kent County
2 p.m., Saturday, April 21
DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve
2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford near Slaughter Beach

Adopt-A-Wetland will welcome the Friends of the DuPont Nature Center, adopting the marshland surrounding the center. The DuPont Nature Center (DNC) at Mispillion Harbor Reserve is known for its wonderful habitats that host hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds and horseshoe crabs each year. The DNC provides an invaluable and safe haven for shorebird species as they make their way from South America to the Arctic in spring and also provides a safe spawning ground for horseshoe crabs to lay their eggs, the excess of which feeds those shorebirds on their perilous journey. For more information on the DuPont Nature Center, call 302-422-1329 or

Wetland Adoption, Sussex County
1 p.m., Saturday, April 21
Bethany Beach Nature Center
807 Garfield Parkway (Route 26), one mile west of Route 1 on the right just past Grotto Pizza

Adopt-A-Wetland will welcome the Bethany Beach Nature Club (BBNC) under the auspices of the Bethany Beach Nature Center. The center’s 50+ acres includes wetlands which are being adopted by the BBNC, a group of children, young teens and their instructors, who are learning about the wonderful values and functions wetlands provide, and teaching their community about wetlands conservation and protection. From June to September, the club’s numbers and influence swells with summer education programs geared to beach visitors from other states. For more information about the Bethany Beach Nature Center, call 302-537-7680 or visit or

“Delaware’s wetlands benefit all our citizens with better water quality, flood control, recharge of aquifers, quality wildlife habitats, nurseries for our fish and shellfish resources and great places for recreation and relaxation – we can give back to nature by caring for them,” said Marlene Mervine, Delaware Adopt-A-Wetland coordinator.

For more information about the Adopt-a-Wetland Program, please call contact Program Coordinator Marlene Mervine at 302-735-8652, email, or visit or

 Division of Fish & Wildlife

Delaware Wild Lands Wineberry Pull
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22
Hugh R. Sharp Farm, Odessa
For a map and directions, please visit

The Division of Fish & Wildlife has partnered with Delaware Wild Lands (DWL) through a habitat restoration grant to restore native habitat at the Hugh R. Sharp Farm, a DWL property in Odessa. DWL is looking for volunteers to assist with the removal of invasive wineberry plants that have taken over the understory of important forest habitat. Removal will be done by hand. Preregistration with contact information is encouraged in case of postponement or cancelation due to inclement weather. To volunteer or for more information, please call 302-378-2736 or email

21st Annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.* Saturday, April 21
12 sites along the Christina River and its tributaries, northern New Castle County
*City of Newark begins at 7:30 a.m., and Naamans Creek at 8 a.m.

During this annual cleanup, volunteers will be picking up trash along shorelines and other areas accessible by boat along the Christina River, White Clay Creek, Naamans Creek, and various other tributaries. To pre-register online or for a listing of sites and directions, please visit or call 302-838-8197.


Delaware State Parks 

Party for the Planet: An Earth Day Celebration for Everyone
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21
Brandywine Zoo, 1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington

Celebrate the year of the bat and enjoy live entertainment, games, stories, crafts, live animal presentations and more for all ages. Rain date: April 22. For more information on the Brandywine Zoo, please call 302-571-7788 or

Delaware Solid Waste Authority Earth Day Festival
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 21
Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton

Join Trash Can Dan for this fun family event. Visit for more information. Free park admission. For more information on Killens Pond State Park, please call 302-284-4526 or visit

7th Annual Earth Day Beach Clean-Up
9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, April 21
Fenwick Island State Park, Route 1, north of Fenwick Island

Celebrate Earth Day by helping with a pre-season clean-up at Delaware State Parks' “quiet beach.” Meet at the parking lot of the main beach bath house at the south end of Fenwick Island State Park, just north of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce building. Dress for the weather. Trash bags and other supplies will be distributed to volunteers. The clean-up is open to all, with groups of 10 or more asked to call 302-227-6991 to make sure enough supplies are available. For more information on Fenwick Island State Park, please visit

Division of Air Quality

Air Quality Demonstration
1 p.m. Saturday, April 21
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane, Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, Wilmington Riverfront

The DNREC Division of Air Quality will perform an educational and entertaining three-act play demonstrating the meaning of the color codes associated with the Air Quality Index. For more information, contact Terri Brixen at 302-323-4542.

Vol. 42, No. 142

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