The third annual "Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival" celebrating the annual spectacle of migrating shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs takes place this weekend at the DuPont Nature Center in Milford.

The third annual "Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival" which celebrates the annual spectacle of migrating shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs takes place this weekend at the Dupont Nature Center in Milford.

A free, family-friendly event, the festival focuses on finding fun ways to educate the public about the natural wonders that are closer than most realize.



Support through shopping

How would you like to attend a fundraising event that feels more like a shopping excursion? Friday night's social event will give nature lovers the opportunity to support the local ecosystem by bidding on items that all levels of nature lovers would enjoy.

And, unlike other fundraising social events, the public is invited completely free of charge. Well, sort of.

There may be no admission price but there's still money to be spent during the silent auction. The center is still rounding up items but, so far, there are paintings, a half-day birding excursion with Bill Stewart worth $200, and a sterling silver bracelet featuring a horseshoe crab clap from Forney's in Dover worth $200.

Moonbirds and music

How do you feel about hobnobbing with famous, award-winning authors while sampling festive fare and listening to live music?

Stop by Friday night and visit with Newberry Honor and National Book award winner Phillip Hoose, whose book, "Moonbird" follows the fictional story of one of Delaware's own migratory shorebirds. Four advance copies of the book will even be raffled off to four lucky winners.

Local folk musician Em McKeever will provide music and light refreshments will be served, all while overlooking the spectacular views of Mispillion Harbor.


Passport to fun

Saturday is when the real fun begins, though, with crafts, vendors, food, music and a little education, too. But, you'll be having so much fun, you might not notice.

Seven eco-stations will be set up for a hands-on learning experience that combines education and entertainment for kids of all ages.

Stop by the first station and pickup a passport. Follow that station up with a trip through stations that explore bird watching, the food chain and the effects of trash on an ecosystem. Once all seven stations are complete, go back to the beginning and cash in your passport for a prize. And, while the prize is still a secret, it does come in addition to the education you didn't even realize you were getting.