Water Family Fest

DNREC and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays host an annual Water Family Fest at the James Farm Ecological Preserve, in Ocean View. The event highlights the work of each organization to improve Delaware’s wetlands, water, and recreational shorelines.


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Olivia McDonald
Delaware Wetlands

The Water Family Fest, which started in 2019, is free and family-friendly. It features “feet-wet, hands-dirty fun,” outdoor recreation and educational opportunities, multiple vendors, and native plant giveaways.

Attendees explore hiking trails, wetland storybook walks, and the beach. They might take an orienteering challenge or try kayaking or paddle boarding.

Educational exhibits explore environmental topics such as seagrass, shellfish, waves, beaches, wetlands, tax ditches, rain gardens, and more.

There are short talks on topics such as horseshoe crabs, aquaculture, green infrastructure, and native plants. Local vendors sell nature-based products, art, and books.