Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale

DNREC and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays host an annual Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve, in Ocean View.

A composite graphic with images of wetlands and family fun and text announcing the Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale on May 4, 2024.

The event highlights the work of each organization to improve Delaware’s wetlands, water and recreational shorelines.

The 2023 Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale, on May 6, was a great success. Stay tuned for more information about the 2024 event.

What’s It All About?

The Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale, which started in 2019, is free and family-friendly. It features “feet-wet, hands-dirty fun,” outdoor recreation and educational opportunities, multiple exhibits, food trucks, and a native plant sale.

A group of people browse among a selection of plants at an outdoor plant sale on a sunny spring day.
Browsing among native plants for sale at the 2023 event.

Organizations and nonprofits gather at James Farm and offer a variety of activities and exhibits.

Staff from local plant nurseries are on hand to answer questions on the importance of native species and offer a variety of native plants for sale to the public.

Educational exhibits help people explore environmental topics such as seagrass, shellfish, waves, beaches, wetlands, tax ditches, rain gardens, and more.

For more information on the event, please contact Olivia Allread, by email at, or at 302-739-9939.

Exhibitors, Sponsors, and More

The 2024 Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale will feature exhibits and activities from nature-based organizations and nonprofits, providing environmental education for all ages.

Attendees can explore hiking trails, enjoy kids’ activities and hands-on learning or even try paddleboarding and kayaking.

There will be food, and drink, and live entertainment!

Interested in Sponsoring this Event?

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mark Carter, by email at, or at 302-226-8105 (x 717).