Earth Day 2017

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) offers a variety of activities for Earth Day 2017 and will partner with other organizations for more.

Wilmington Earth & Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, April 21
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rodney Square, Wilmington

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day on your lunch break. Visitors to Rodney Square will enjoy giveaways, free raffles, food trucks and dozens of exhibitors offering green products, services and tips, plus a free plant, while supplies last. The City of Wilmington has joined with its partners to offer this rain-or-shine event, including the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Delaware Forest Service. Recycling and climate and energy displays from DNREC.

Planting a Seedling

Pot Native Plant Seedlings at the St. Jones

Saturday, April 22
9 a.m. to Noon
DNERR St. Jones Reserve, Dover

Join the staff at the St. Jones Reserve to celebrate Earth Day by potting native plant seedlings. These seedlings will be tended and grown in the St. Jones’s native plant nursery this summer and will be planted next fall at the Blackbird Creek Reserve near Townsend. All ages are welcome, with preregistration required. To register, please call the St. Jones Reserve at 302.739.6377. Volunteers will need to supply their own work gloves.

Hike with the White Clay Creek State Park Superintendent

Saturday, April 22
Starting at 9 a.m.
White Clay Creek State Park, Newark

Enjoy a 3.1 mile hike on the Chestnut Hill Trail at the Judge Morris Estate and meet the new White Clay Creek State Park Superintendent Vincent “Vinny” Porcellini. Dress for the weather, bring plenty of water and plan about 2 hours of hiking and chatting. Hike meets at the Judge Morris parking lot, 76 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711. Park information, 302.368.6900. No program admission fee; daily park entrance fee in effect.

Historic Car at Auburn Heights

Brandywine Zoo Earth Day Celebration: Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington

What can you do to help save species? Learn about what you can do to make every day Earth Day during this special Party for the Planet. Be sure to also check out the Wilmington State Parks’ Nature-on-the-Go cart as well. Free.

Estate Walk at Auburn Heights Preserve

Saturday, April 22
12:15 p.m.
Auburn Heights Preserve, Yorklyn

Stroll the grounds of Auburn Heights and celebrate Earth Day! Learn more about the preserve and the Marshall family while enjoying the Victorian architecture and beautiful surroundings. Wear comfortable shoes and meet on the front porch of the mansion. Parking is available in the field lot across Creek Road. Free.

Earth Day Celebration at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, April 22
1 p.m.
Brandywine Creek State Park, Wilmington

Join a leisurely one-hour hike through Brandywine Creek State Park. Free.

Earth Day Hike at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, April 22
11 a.m.
Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes

Celebrate Earth Day with a hike searching for early spring plants and animals. Discover how they get a head start on other organisms and how they adapt to life in the park. Dress for the weather. For ages 7 and older with a paying adult. Limit 20. Pre-registration recommended by calling 302.645.6852.

Charles W. Cullen Bridge

Earth Day: Sunup to Sundown at Delaware Seashore State Park

Saturday, April 22
5:50 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach

Watch the sun come up over the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. A park interpreter will answer questions about the history of the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, and give you some ideas on how to spend your Earth Day in the park. As the sun begins to set, return to the bridge to watch the sun set over Indian River Bay. Share with park staff how you spent your day in the park and enjoy the sights as the evening sets in and the blue lights of the bridge illuminate the sky. Sunrise walk: 5:50 a.m. Sunset walk: 7:30 p.m. Attend either or both walks – it’s up to you. Meet at the South Inlet Day Area bathhouse. Free.

Storybook Saturday Kickoff at the DuPont Nature Center

Saturday, April 22
11 a.m. to Noon
DuPont Nature Center, Milford

Join the kick-off of Storybook Saturdays with a special Earth Day storybook and activity on the importance of food webs, featuring “Octopus Escapes Again!” by Laurie Ellen Angus. This is a family-friendly activity is open to visitors of all ages. Walk-in visitors are welcome, but please RSVP at 302.422.1329 or by email. Free.

Nature Cam Launch at the DuPont Nature Center

Saturday, April 22
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
DuPont Nature Center, Milford

Check out the nature camera and see who’s visiting the Mispillion Harbor! Located on the back beach, across the harbor, this 360 degree, high definition camera allows users to zoom-in on Delaware Bay visitors. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with identifying wildlife. Free.

If These Trees Could Talk at First State Heritage Park

Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Green, downtown Dover

Celebrate Earth Day by traveling around The Green to experience some natural history, learn tree identification and hear some events to which these trees have borne witness. Tours begin on the hour. Free.


Earth Day Hike at Killens Pond State Park

Saturday, April 22
1 p.m.
Killens Pond State Park, Felton

Join us for a hike around the pond to celebrate Earth Day. Meet at the Nature Center. Free.

Sunset Kayak Trip at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, April 22
6 p.m.
Lums Pond State Park, Bear

Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water. Suitable for beginner paddlers. Instruction is provided. Pre-registration required by calling 302.368.6989. Meet at the Boathouse in Area 2. $20 per person.

Earth Day Hike at Trap Pond State Park

Saturday, April 22
3 p.m.
Trap Pond State Park, Laurel

Meet us at the Nature Center for a hike to celebrate Earth Day. Lend a helping hand and pick up litter along the way. Free.

Earth Day Event for Schools at the Brandywine Zoo

Friday, April 28
10 a.m. to noon
Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington

Groups take a self-guided tour through the Zoo as we Party for the Planet! Celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo and stop at various conservation activity stations to learn how you can become a better steward of our planet. (Rain date: Monday, May 1)

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