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  • DuPont Nature Center gets creative with recycling for Earth Day

  • Volunteers and staff at the DuPont Nature Center were all hands on deck Saturday to educate the public about the Delaware Bay and its wildlife, while also spreading a message of environmental conservation, protection and recycling.
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  • Volunteers and staff at the DuPont Nature Center were all hands on deck Saturday to educate the public about the Delaware Bay and its wildlife, while also spreading a message of environmental conservation, protection and recycling.
    “I don’t like to use the word hate, except for when I’m talking about trash,” said DuPont Nature Center Director Dawn Webb. “I hate trash.”
    Saturday’s celebration was also an opportunity for DNREC staff and volunteers to showcase alternative methods of recycling, like reusing materials for creative projects like soda can tab bracelets or painted rocks.
    “If you can clean it up and recycle it, you can use it for something else,” Webb said, adding that even the most trivial container can be converted into a new home for a potted plant or flower.
    Jessica Small, who started working at the nature center less than a month ago, said the event was an opportunity not only to showcase what the DuPont Nature Center has to offer on a regular basis, but to also get children excited about recycling.
    “It’s great just to get kids participating and to spread the word about recycling,” Small said. “It’s hands-on. It great to learn about [ways to recycle] here and take it out into the real world.”
    For 12-year-old Marygrace Beideman, her first visit to the DuPont Nature Center during its Earth Day celebration definitely won’t be her last, she said.
    “I got to do a lot of different things and interact and learn how to take care of the ocean and different species of fish and birds,” Beideman said. “It’s important to learn because if you don’t know how to help, you might kill something, and then you’re not helping the Earth and you might be hurting resources.”
    The pre-teen, while she was new to the center, was already filled with facts about horseshoe crabs, as well as an enthusiasm to keep the Delaware Bay clean.
    “If you leave a plastic bag, a turtle or fish might get caught and that’s not good,” Beideman said. “You want to keep it clean. You don’t want to swim in dirty water.”
    While the DuPont Nature Center hosts a variety of displays on marine life, including live horseshoe crabs and terrapins, the education of future generations is the mission of the nature center during events like the Earth Day celebration, Webb said.
    “Not only are we teaching about trash and how it harms wildlife, but how to keep the Earth clean,” she said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The next big event at the DuPont Nature Center will be the Peace, Love and Horseshoe Crab Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 17.

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