Earth Day (April 22) is right around the corner, our yearly reminder to appreciate the environment we live in and recognize how we can help it stay healthy and beautiful. All across Delaware there are ways to get involved with fun celebrations and educational activities. So go ahead, hug a tree. The Earth deserves it.
Bethany’s Nature Center will host an early fifth annual Earth Day Festival, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on April 16. The day will consist of live animals, a nature walk, a walk-through RV full of interactive exhibits, and an 11 a.m. show by Eric Energy, the Science Spectacular Show.
Six days later on the actual Earth Day, the Nature Center will hold interactive activity tables and display terrariums of tree frogs and turtles. Kids and their families can also take butterfly nets and binoculars outside and participate in a nature scavenger hunt.
807 Garfield Pkwy. (Del. 26)
Enjoy an afternoon in Rodney that will feature free giveaways including native plants, food and music, a free raffle and eco-friendly products and advice. Tropo the clean-air mascot will even make an appearance. Presented by the Delaware Estuary, the event is being held Friday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
110 S. Poplar St., Suite 202
An Earth and Arbor Day Celebration in Wilmington. // Photos courtesy of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
While we celebrate the Earth, Cheyenne Luzader and Joshua Vervin can help you go deeper to heal yourself and envision the plight of the environment and its inhabitants. Luzader and Vervin are experts in the field of spirituality and musical healing respectively, as Luzader leads a monthly healing circle and Vervin is a Hollywood film composer and musician. The event takes place April 22, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Lewes Public Library, 2nd floor
111 Adams Ave.
This event has got it all, highlighted by a panel of three university professors who will deliver lectures on sustainability, gender and water accessibility and environmental justice. The panel will run from 4-5 p.m. outside of Mechanical Hall on the University of Delaware campus. Following the panel will be a concert from 5:30-7 p.m., featuring hip-hop artist Frank Wain, Gambian rapper Egalitarian and hip-hop artist and spoken word performer Richard Raw. The event is free and anyone can come.
Outside Mechanical Hall (otherwise known as the Old College building)
30 N. College Ave.
Another early Earth Day celebration, at the DuPont Environmental Education Center, will be held Friday, April 15 from 9:30-11 a.m. People of all ages can plant a seed, read a story, or use recycled materials to construct their own pot. Members must pay $6 for entry, while non-members are charged $10.
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane