Call for presentations for DAEE 2015 is now open!

November 11, 2014

Have a great environmental-based lesson plan or activity that needs to be shared? We want to hear all about it!

Whether you are a veteran presenter at DAEE, or a first timer, we now welcome you to propose a concurrent session at our 2015 conference on March 28! Session audiences include classroom and non-formal educators from all over the state and region. You can specify your preferred audience, session length (20, 45, or 90 minutes), and the related themes.

The deadline is Friday, December 12 has been extended to Friday, January 16, 2015!

The site of this year’s conference is Sussex Tech High School in Georgetown, DE. The theme is Meaningful Experiences: Connecting Education and Nature.

Don’t hesitate, submit a session proposal today!


Delaware Conservation Districts Poster Contest

September 19, 2014

The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts are accepting entries now for their annual conservation poster contest based on the theme, “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil.” Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 7. Posters will be judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a cash prize valued at $50, $25 and $15, respectively. Entries also will be accepted from high school students (grades 9-12) in a separate category for computer generated/graphic design posters.

For more information and educational resources about the theme and poster context guidelines, please visit http://www.nacdnet.org/education/contests/poster/2014. For an informational flyer about the Delaware poster contest guidelines, please visit www.newcastleconservationdistrict.org, www.kentcd.org or www.sussexconservation.org.

For more information, please contact Rick Mickowski at 302-832-3100 ext. 113 or by email at Rick.Mickowski@state.de.us.

A press release about the contest is also available.


38th annual Coast Day is October 5!

September 15, 2014

The University of CD logo 2014-colorDelaware’s festive Coast Day returns for the 38th year on Sunday, Oct. 5. The theme this year is “Weather & Climate: On Our Radar.” Throughout the event, UD scientists, staff and students will highlight some of the ways they observe and study the effects of climate and weather in Delaware and around the world.

Each year, Coast Day introduces thousands of people to the wonders of the sea, the importance of Delaware’s marine and coastal resources, and steps being taken to ensure that those resources remain available for future generations to enjoy. Coast Day attendees can interact with researchers, tour ships, try hands-on activities, and attend presentations on a range of topics.

Family-friendly activities will include an event-wide treasure hunt for answers to questions about the environment and Coast Day exhibits. Children can meet sea-dwelling animals such as horseshoe crabs and dogfish sharks at the critter touch tanks. The event also features live music, vendor displays, and seafood favorites showcased by local chefs at the Crab Cake Cook-Off and the Seafood Chowder Challenge.

Parking and the event, which runs from 11am-5pm, is free.

For more information, including directions, please visit www.decoastday.org.


Delaware APA annual conference to focus on sustainability

September 15, 2014

The Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Delaware) serves as the local source for networking and professional development for planners in the First State. APA Delaware gives you a chance to share experiences with colleagues and broaden your perspective beyond your commission or office.

This two-day conference will feature exemplary planning efforts in Delaware, Maryland and beyond which seek to create healthier and more sustainable neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions.  Planners and public health professionals have come to better recognize the interaction between the natural and built environment and population health.

Registration information can be found at on the Delaware APA website.


Delaware Greenways 25th anniversary celebration!

September 15, 2014

Delaware Greenways is growing……… up! And they’re having a party!

Friday, October 17th at 6:00 PM at Historic Penn Farm in New Castle.
807 Frenchtown Road (Rt. 273)
New Castle, DE 19720

Help them celebrate 25 years of accomplishments:

  • Many more greenways, trails and bike paths
  • Preservation of our scenic and historic byways
  • Restoration of Historic Penn Farm

And hear about what’s coming next for promoting outdoor connections for healthy, vibrant communities!

Please join them, along with their many partners, to celebrate their birthday with a casual, fun-filled evening.

  • Enjoy great food prepared by culinary students from William Penn High School
  • Relax with beer, wine, music and an inspiring photo display
  • Learn the winner of our 2014 See You Outside Challenge
  • Bid on 25 fantastic auction items

Tickets are $50 per person.  Space is limited, so RSVP now at registration page.


Delmarva Restoration of the American Chestnut

September 4, 2014

Once the mighty giants of the eastern forest, American chestnuts stood up to 100 feet tall, and numbered in the billions. From Maine to Georgia, the chestnut was a vital part of the eastern forest, provided abundant food for wildlife, and was an essential component of the economy. In the beginning of the 20th century the fungal pathogen responsible for chestnut blight, accidentally imported from Asia, spread rapidly through the eastern forests and by 1950 the fungus had eliminated the chestnut as a mature forest tree.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 6-9 pm the Delmarva Restoration Branch of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) will hold their inaugural meeting at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, the site of the peninsula’s first chestnut education orchard.

The ticketed event will feature a casual, full-course dinner combined with a keynote presentation by Sara Fitzsimmons, TACF North Central Regional Science Coordinator. Other festivities include: local craft beer, live music, chestnut-related raffles, and door prizes. Each ticket purchased includes a 1-year membership in both TACF and Delaware Native Plant Society.

Ticketing options include: single tickets ($60); couple’s tickets ($80); youth tickets ($15); sponsor-level single tickets ($320); and sponsor-level couple’s tickets ($340). Sponsor-level tickets include QTY=4 Restoration 1.0 chestnut seeds. To purchase tickets, please contact Edward Crawford by phone at 703-901-4380 or by email at delmarvachestnutrb@gmail.com.

Click to download the full event press release. Click to download the event flier.


Delaware Native Plants Society Symposium announced

September 4, 2014

Planting for Beauty and Biodiversity:
Putting Back the Layers – A Symposium

Presented by The Delaware Native Plants Society in cooperation with the Bombay Hook Garden Keepers

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: Visitors Center Auditorium, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, DE 19977

Landscape designer, photographer, and author Rick Darke will look at landscape layers from ground cover to canopy and will describe how to create and manage them in gardens that are beautiful, biologically diverse, and eminently livable. Darke’s presentation will illustrate proven plants for the mid-Atlantic region and will describe a practical, ecologically sound approach to layering he calls “spacemaking with organic architecture”. Bill McAvoy, Botanist with the Delaware Natural Heritage Program, will show us the layers of a Delaware forest as a model. A complimentary lunch is included.

The symposium is free and open to the public but registration is required and space is limited. To register, contact Quentin Schlieder by phone at (302) 653-6449 or by e-mail at qcsjr@comcast.net.

Click for the full symposium flyer.


Delaware Envirothon!

August 15, 2014

It’s time once again to begin thinking about the 2015 Delaware Envirothon.

The Envirothon is an environmental program and competition for high school age students (grades 9-12). Combining in-class curriculum and hands-on training, the Delaware Envirothon is guaranteed to enhance your students’ and your practical knowledge and application of environmental science. Some program highlights include:

  • College Scholarships and Cash Awards
  • Career Exposure
  • Current Environmental Issues
  • Collaborative Learning Experience
  • Problem Solving
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Teacher Credit Hours through the Delaware Teacher Center
  • Hands-on workshops—these hands-on workshops are scheduled for October 18th (Soils and Forestry), November 8th (Urban and Community Forestry), and January 24th (Air Quality, Aquatic Ecology, and Wildlife)
  • Winning team will attend the NCF Envirothon in Springfield, Missouri July 27-August 1, 2015
  • Scholarships and prizes for top teams at the NCF Envirothon

For more information, please contact Rick Mickowski, DE Envirothon Chair, check out this flyer, or visit the website: www.delawareenvirothon.org.


K-12 Teacher Workshop

June 13, 2014

Hosted by the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, the “Food, Land, and People” workshop will explore how agriculture, the environment, and people connect.

This workshop is free, and runs August 4-5 at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, DE. Teachers will receive an 800 page curriculum ($35 value), numerous giveaways and classroom supplies, clock hour credits, and have the opportunity to visit local farms and explore Trap Pond! Lunch and refreshments are also provided.

To register, email lisabaird@nanticokeriver.org or call 410-443-8878 by July 11.

Download the workshop brochure here.


Highlights from DAEE event at Mt. Cuba Center

May 13, 2014

On Friday, May 9, DAEE held a special event for new and existing members at the Mt. Cuba Center. Thank you to the Mt. Cuba staff for hosting this fantastic get together!

Photos by Rick Mickowski


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