As we begin to return to normal life, it’s imperative that we not only account for our own safety, but also that of Mother Nature. That’s why this year’s Earth and Arbor Days are especially important, and for Wilmingtonians, there’s an awesome way to celebrate.
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Wilmington Department of Public Works have come together to host this year’s Wilmington Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration, held virtually between Monday, April 19 and Friday, April 23.
The celebration is held annually to educate the public on the individual parts they can play in caring for the Earth, as well as highlighting the beauty and importance of the planet’s trees, plants, and water sources. “Concern for our wonderful yet increasingly fragile natural environment is something that we all share,” said Mayor Mike Purzycki. “We come together each year to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day — a valuable reminder that it’s in our mutual best interest to properly care for and protect the Earth so that it – and we – can look forward to a long, healthy future. As we gather virtually on this Earth Day 2021 out of an abundance of caution, let us reflect on how our common home can and should unite us behind the goal of being the best stewards we can be.”
The Earth and Arbor Day Celebration is traditionally the largest event of its kind in the state. Despite being virtual this year, it will still include a number of fun and informative programming, like crafts, scavenger hunts, bicycle safety tips, and a youth panel. In addition, a number of “Try It” activities will be provided, which include planting flowers and riding bikes.
The order of events is as follows:
April 19: Plant-Powered Monday – Enjoy a curated YouTube playlist, learn about community gardening in Wilmington, and prepare a vegetarian meal!
April 20: Transportation Tuesday – Listen to storybook readings, join a green transportation webinar, and go on a bike ride!
April 21: Water Wednesday – Complete a choose-your-own-adventure story that highlights all the places around Wilmington that help our water quality!
April 22: Earth Day – Hear from Wilmington environmentalists, take a look at your personal trash footprint, and win a fun prize!
April 23: Tree Friday – Learn about the Urban Forestry Program, create some beautiful art, and win a gift card to a local plant nursery!
“As spring comes into full bloom, we are reminded of Earth’s beauty and how much we need to protect it and its ecosystems,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We have worked with the City of Wilmington on the annual Earth and Arbor Day celebration for years, and we are pleased to continue that tradition this year online… there are so many little things that each one of us can do to make our waters cleaner, habitats healthier, and communities stronger.”