More than 770 fourth-grade students from seven elementary schools participated in the April 5 Make a Splash festival, a Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control-sponsored event that educates students on the diversity of estuary life and the importance of Delaware’s water resources.
The festival was held at the St. Jones Reserve, a component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs’ John Dickinson Plantation near Dover.
Students visited 25 activity stations dedicated to the historical and current uses of Delaware’s water resources. At a station called The Incredible Journey, students learned how water moves through the water cycle and how a small amount of the world’s water is available for human use on the earth. At other stations, they explored topics including marine debris and microplastics, water pollution and solutions, Delaware’s wetlands, mosquitoes, the uses of water in colonial cooking, water concentration and the historical use of water wheels and groundwater.
The 2017 planning committee included representatives from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Project Wet, Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs’ John Dickinson Plantation, the National Park Service and Tidewater Utilities.
Participating schools included Allen Frear Elementary School, Camden Wyoming; Harlan Elementary School, Wilmington; Lighthouse Christian School, Dagsboro; MOT Charter School, Middletown; Newark Charter School; Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, Bridgeville; and South Dover Elementary School.
More than 100 volunteers — educators, scientists, teachers and parents — participated in the festival and included staff from Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Delaware Nature Society, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Kent Conservation District; New Castle Conservation District, Sussex Conservation District, Tidewater Utilities, the National Park Service, the city of Dover, the University of Delaware, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the Delaware Department of Transportation and Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Drinking Water.
For information, call 739-6377 or visit de.gov/dnerr.