Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve Fall 2012 Programs

Registration is required for all programs unless noted; 
to register call 302-739-3436.

5th Annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival (no registration required)
Saturday, October 20, 2012   10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for Free Family Fun!  Enjoy the sounds of live music; explore the Reserve by foot or by hayride; visit the numerous vendors and exhibitors; and take part in fun demonstrations, hay rides, kid’s crafts, and free face painting. Admission is free!  Rain or shine.  The Festival will be held at the Blackbird Creek Reserve at 801 Blackbird Landing Road in Townsend, DE.  Arrive early and join the Run for Our Rivers 5K and Fun Walk at 9 am.

Coastal Heritage Driving Tour
Monday, October 29, 2012     9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Join us as we discover the natural and historic resources of the Delaware Bay Communities.  Leave the driving to us as you board our touring van.  We will make a stop for lunch along the way. The tour will meet at the St. Jones Reserve at 818 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Delaware. This program is designed for participants 16 years of age or older.   Space is limited.

St. Jones Reserve Open House and DNPS Native Plant Sale (no registration required)
Saturday, November 3, 2012     10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Discover the St. Jones Reserve and support the Delaware Native Plant Society through their Delaware Native Plant Sale.  Explore the reserve and enjoy a day full of activities including research and laboratory explorations and the premier of the NEW ST. Jones River video entitled The Price of Progress…The Promise of Protection. Refreshments will also be provided.

Fall Tree Hike at the Blackbird
Monday, November 5, 2012   9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join a naturalist as we hike along the creek and journey through wooded areas, meadow habitats, and shrub areas.  Be ready to use your keen detective skills to identify the trees that live in the Reserve.  Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  We will meet at the Blackbird Creek Reserve, 801 Blackbird Landing Road in Townsend, DE.

Bayberry Candle Making
Saturday, November 17, 2012   10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Discover the amazing uses of the bayberry shrub!  A Reserve naturalist will discuss the ecology of the bayberry while the Plantation staff and volunteers will give insight to the historical use of the plant as we enjoy the art of candle making. What a wonderful way to start off the holidays.  This program meets at the John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, DE. Space is limited.

Who Drank My Water
Thursday, December 6, 2012        2:30 – 4:00 pm

Have you been sharing your drinking water with someone, or something, before you? Join us to see how your drinking water has been cycled and recycled through the ages. Our program on drinking water will include an assortment of topics such as comets, dinosaurs, wetlands and the International Space Station!

For additional information and to register for programs please contact Jennifer Holmes at (302) 739-3436.

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