Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will celebrate May as American Wetlands Month with activities to honor wetlands as an important natural resource that plays roles in protecting Delawareans from storms and flooding and providing habitat for wildlife.
DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program will highlight wetlands by hosting a family event, releasing a new wetland video and posting wetlands trivia and stories online.
The second annual Wetlands Celebration will be held in conjunction with the 15th annual Get in Gear Family Bike Rally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel.
These two events have joined together to provide entertainment for the family that brings awareness to Delmarva’s wetlands and the critters that inhabit them, as well as offering a mix of outdoor recreation, science, art and history.
The Wetlands Celebration features interactive activities, exhibitors, demos, live music and games, self-guided wetland walks, a rain barrel raffle, scavenger hunt and free pontoon boat tours of Trap Pond. Boat tours will be offered every hour, with the last one pulling out at 2 p.m., and provide a brief history of the pond and some of the plants and animals that call Trap Pond home. Rental fees for the park’s canoes and kayaks are covered by the event admission.
Exhibitors include Delaware Museum of Natural History, DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, Rehoboth Art League, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Tri-State Bird Rescue and Trap Pond State Park. Snacks will be available for purchase.
The Get in Gear Family Bike Rally, run by Trap Pond Partners, will start at 10:30 a.m. and will traverse the perimeter of Trap Pond. Registration for the bike rally is $10 per person or $25 per family, and it is requested that riders bring their own bike. Funds support Trap Pond State Park. For registration and more, visit trappondpartners.com/bike-rally.html.
Park admission will be covered by the bike rally entry fee or by mentioning the Wetlands Celebration at the fee booth; the first 150 cars that go through the booth also will receive free park admission. This outdoor event is rain or shine, but some of the day’s activities are weather-permitting.
Other Delaware American Wetlands Month activities include:
— Wetland Warrior Award nominations: Nominations for the 2018 Delaware Wetland Warrior Award will accepted through June 22. Now in its 11th year, the award recognizes students, teachers, classrooms, citizens or organizations that have demonstrated exemplary efforts to benefit Delaware wetlands. The awards will be presented on Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair in July. Find more information about submitting a nominee at de.gov/wetlandwarriors.
— Social Media Campaign: Each week during the month of May, the Delaware Wetlands social media accounts will post trivia questions, highlighting unique wetlands around the state and focusing on how wetlands naturally provide important services every day.
DNREC’s American Wetlands Month activities are organized by the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program.
For more, visit de.gov/delawarewetlands.