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.

The 2022 event on May 14 was a hit! We look forward to 2023 (Details will eventually appear here).

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 exhibits, food trucks, and a native plant sale.

Organizations and nonprofits will be at James Farm the entire span of the festival so that attendees can take their time exploring activities or exhibits. The local nurseries will be there to answer questions on the importance of native species and will have a variety of native plants for sale to the public.

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.

Exhibitors, Sponsors, and More

The event will feature exhibits and presentations from nature-based organizations and nonprofits. It will provide environmental education for all ages.

Attendees can explore hiking trails, take a guided bird walk, or even try paddle boarding and kayaking. The event program guide is now available.

Event parking for attendees is located across the street from the Preserve’s main entrance. Overflow parking will be available at G&E Hardware (30264 Cedar Neck Rd, Ocean View) with a free shuttle service.



Thank you to our sponsors and local food trucks that help make this community event great!

For more information, please contact Olivia McDonald, Delaware Wetlands, at 302-739-9939.