Earth Day 2024

Earth Day 2024 is celebrated on April 22. This year’s theme, Planet vs. Plastics, focuses on the health risks of plastics and the need to phase out all single use plastics.

Two people planting a young tree on a sunny day.

At DNREC, Earth Day is what we do all year long.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers a variety of activities and ideas to build that future as we celebrate Earth Day throughout the month of April (and every other day).

Earth Day began in April of 1970, when Americans gathered together to raise awareness of pollution and the effects of pollution. Since then, Earth Day has served as a focal point for outdoor activities, volunteer efforts, and environmental education in Delaware and around the nation.

Join In!

DNREC encourages residents and visitors statewide to pitch in and help keep Delaware’s waterways, wetlands and landscapes clean and free of trash by participating in organized volunteer cleanups such as those focused on the Christina River Watershed, Concord Pond, Slaughter Beach and other events.

Delawareans and visitors are also encouraged to clean up neighborhoods, green spaces and waterways throughout the state on days, times and at locations of their choice, and to support Governor John Carney’s Keep DE Litter Free initiative.

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The DNREC Earth Day Top 40

How about some musical inspiration for Earth Day? We asked our DNREC colleagues for their Earth Day song suggestions and we created an Earth Day Top 40.

Earth Day Events in Our State Parks

Delaware’s State Parks offer Earth Day events throughout April 2024. The events are free with paid park entry fee unless otherwise noted. Some programs require advance registration.

Delaware State Parks Youth Art Contest

All young artists can let their imaginations run wild and make a difference for Earth Day. Artists aged 3 to 18 are invited to craft a mixed-media monster or creature using upcycled materials to symbolize the impact of plastic pollution on Earth’s ecosystems.

Registration for the Delaware State Parks Youth Art Contest is now open. Submissions will open soon and run through April 30. Public voting will run from May 16 to May 30. Winners will be announced on June 5.

Prizes will be awarded in four age groups. Winners will receive a prize package that includes a 2024 State Park Annual Pass and tickets to Fort Delaware State Park.

All participants’ artwork will be showcased in a public virtual gallery.

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