HOCKESSIN, Del. (April 6, 2017) — Delaware Nature Society will be hosting an Earth Day celebration open to the public along with their 52nd Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The annual meeting will be held for members from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Ashland Nature Center in the auditorium. Following the meeting will be several events in celebration of Earth Day free to the public from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
The Earth Day celebration will include a variety of family-friendly events. Members and non-members can join us on guided hikes, try out stream sampling, see live animals, discover spring raptors at the Hawk Watch and participate in activities that can make a difference to improve our environment. The first 100 attendees will receive free Cliff Bars. We will also be giving away a variety of small tree seedlings. No registration is needed.
The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with our Annual Meeting: the official commencement and awards ceremony held annually at Ashland Nature Center. The Annual Meeting will include a short program and two awards will be presented: Delaware Nature Society's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Environmental Educator Award.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Delaware Nature Society will present the Lifetime Achievement award to an early founding member, and board member, Peter Flint. Mr. Flint joins just a handful of recipients of Delaware Nature Society’s most prestigious award, which has only been presented eight times in the organization’s 52-year history. Mr. Flint and the Flint family joined the Society in the early 70’s. Flint’s interest in conservation led him to leadership roles in the organization. As board chair, Mr. Flint led Delaware Nature Society for 14 years during an expansive growth period, and for more than 3 decades, has played an active role in committees including the conservancy, governance, development and executive committees. His philanthropic and leadership support has made a difference in local, national, and international community through his reverence for conservation, education, and the natural world, perhaps most notably, in the establishment of Flint Woods Preserve- the largest remaining old growth hardwood forest in Delaware. Mr. Flint’s generosity of time and wisdom over many decades has made a difference in the growth of the organization and its long-term sustainability. Mr. Flint will be ending his board tenure, but joining Delaware Nature Society’s honorary board beginning in April, 2017.
Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year Award
Since 1982, Delaware Nature Society has conducted a state-wide competition to identify and recognize school teachers and other educators who are enthusiastic and creative in teaching their students about the natural world. The 2017 Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year award winner is Jessica McCarthy, a Kindergarten teacher at North Star Elementary School in Hockessin, DE. Ms. McCarthy has been a constant champion for getting children of all ages out into the natural world and recently campaigned for and created an outdoor classroom for North Star’s 700+ students. Her dedication to environmental education through research projects, observation of nature, and creation of lessons and activities for her fellow teachers to use in their classes is the embodiment of this award.
Refreshments will be served, and registration is required to attend the Annual Meeting. To register, call 302.239.2334 or email Info@DelNature.org and provide your name and the number of people attending.
Founded in 1964, Delaware Nature Society works to improve the environment through conservation, advocacy, and education. The Annual Meeting is free and open to Members. For more information or to reserve your spot at the Annual Meeting, visit www.delnature.org.