Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DuPont Nature Center to hold Earth Day celebration on April 19
SLAUGHTER BEACH (April 3, 2014) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife facility located in the heart of Delaware’s Bayshore Region, will hold an Earth Day celebration for all ages from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19.
Participants 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, school tours and educational programs. Indoor 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 the migrating shorebirds including the red knot that depend on horseshoe crab eggs to help fuel their 9,000-mile journey.
The DuPont Nature Center is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, near Slaughter Beach, east of Milford. Admission is free and open to the public. Spring hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday are in effect through May 3. Beginning May 4 and continuing through Aug. 31, the center also will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information about the center and its programs, please call 302-422-1329 or visit www.dupontnaturecenter.org.
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.
This recreational activity would benefit from Governor Markell’s Clean Water for Delaware’s Future initiative – a comprehensive plan for cleaning up Delaware’s bays, rivers and streams so they meet water quality standards for drinking, swimming and supporting fish and other aquatic life. The plan accelerates a wide range of clean water projects that protect public health and safety, improve water quality, increase the resiliency of Delaware’s communities to storms and flooding, support our multi-billion dollar tourism and agriculture industries, create jobs and bolster the economic revitalization of our towns and cities.
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