Earth Day 2023 is celebrated on April 22. This year’s theme, Invest in Our Planet, speaks to a goal of building prosperous and equitable future.
At DNREC, Earth Day is what we do all year long.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will offer a variety of activities and ideas to build that future as we celebrate Earth Day all month long (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.
Read DNREC Sec. Shawn M. Garvin’s thoughts on Earth Day, 2023: “As we renew our commitment to our planet … we can be proud of the progress we are making toward reducing emissions by focusing on clean transportation, energy efficiency, clean energy, offsetting carbon emissions and more.”
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 including the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, the volunteer cleanup of Concord Pond 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.
DNREC staff will join city of Dover Parks and Recreation staff to clean up the Mirror Lake wetland, in Dover, on April 20. The group will remove trash, some invasive plant species and dead vegetation from the wetland and the lake perimeter to improve its habitat and aesthetics. The Mirror Lake wetland was built as part of DNREC’s award-winning Mirror Lake Remediation and Restoration project in 2013. The wetland plays an important role in improving water quality in the St. Jones Watershed.
Delaware’s State Parks offer Earth Day events throughout April 2022. The events are free with paid park entry fee unless otherwise noted. Some programs require advance registration.
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.”