Written on: March 15th, 2017 in Outreach
Start American Wetlands Month off right with the 14th Annual Get in Gear Family Bike Rally and the inaugural Wetlands Celebration on Saturday, May 6th from 9am to 2pm at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, Delaware. These two events have joined together to provide fun and engaging entertainment for the whole family that brings awareness to Delmarva’s wetlands and all the critters that call them home. If your interest is in science, art, or history or you just like to be active and outside, then this event is for you.
The day kicks off with the Wetlands Celebration starting at 9 am with interactive activities, exhibitors, demos, music and live animals including horseshoe crabs, macroinvertebrates, geese, and even an opossum. Families will get the chance to take a wetland storybook walk, learn how to build a rain barrel, become a wetland scientist in the Volunteer Olympic Games, see a puppet show and more!
Multiple exhibitors will be present and include: Aquatic Resources Education Center, 3 Palms Zoo and Education Center, Ward Museum, Salisbury Zoo, Delaware Wild Lands, DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, Delaware Division of Public Health, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, and Trap Pond State Park.
Not to be forgotten are the free pontoon boat tours of Trap Pond that will take off every hour with the last one pulling out at 3:00pm and will give you a brief history of the pond and some of the plants and animals that call the place home. Are you the adventurous type? You can chart your own path and rent one of the park’s canoes and kayaks to go exploring on your own.
If you prefer to travel around the park by land instead of sea, join the Family Bike Rally which is run by Trap Pond Partners, starts at 10:30 am and allows you to traverse the perimeter of Trap Pond using the power of your own two feet. Registration for the Bike Rally is $10 per person or $25 per family, and it is requested that you bring your own bike. All funds go to support Trap Pond State Park. Click here to sign up or for more information about becoming a sponsor.
Worried that you will be having too much fun, but there won’t be anything to eat? You’re covered with food trucks and vendors providing breakfast, lunch and dessert from Backyard Louies, Abbotts Grille, Hotdogs from the Beach and Ritas Italian Ice.
Park admission will be covered by the Bike Rally admission fee, or by being one of the first 150 cars to mention the Wetlands Celebration day at the fee booth! While you’re at the park, don’t forget to check out the trails or the Bald Cypress Nature Center to see all that Trap Pond State Park has to offer! This outdoor event is rain or shine, but some activities are weather permitting.
The Wetlands Celebration Event is supported by DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program.