With acorns in abundance this time of year, volunteers are needed for DNREC’s Sixth Annual Acorn Collection Day being held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 16. Volunteers will collect acorns from places where seedlings would not generally be able to grow — along trail edges, open spaces and roadsides — at the Smyrna Rest Area in Kent County.


With acorns in abundance this time of year, volunteers are needed for DNREC’s Sixth Annual Acorn Collection Day being held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 16. Volunteers will collect acorns from places where seedlings would not generally be able to grow — along trail edges, open spaces and roadsides — at the Smyrna Rest Area in Kent County.

Acorn Collection Day is an opportunity for families and youth groups to volunteer, gain community service hours and help Delaware’s environment. Since the volunteer event was initiated in 2005, nearly 2,300 pounds of acorns have been collected.

The acorns will be scattered in reforestation areas to grow on their own. The oak trees will expand wooded areas and forested corridors that provide valuable habitat — shelter and food — for many native wildlife species.

Pre-registration is encouraged by calling Lynne Staub at 735-3600 or emailing Lynne.Staub@state.de.us.

For more information about volunteering for the Division of Fish and Wildlife, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/volunteers.