The Bethany Beach Nature Center will host its second annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is the brainchild of the Bethany Beach Nature Center Club, or BBNC, made up of kids ages 8 and older, under the guidance of nature center Director Lisa Daisey.
“This event was their idea,” explained Daisey. “They helped build the displays [inside the center]. They do the tours of the center that day. We are just kind of helping out!”
The tours will be held every half-hour and will include a tour of the inside of the center, as well as the gardens and the trails on the property.
Daisey explained that the group of eight to 10 girls — though boys are welcome, too — is from all different schools in the area and meets every Friday during the school year from 4 to 5 p.m. The group grew from the Saturday-morning activities that are held every Saturday at the center, from 10:30 to noon, which are geared toward younger children.
On Saturday, April 20, they are asking that, in honor of Earth Day, people try to walk, ride their bike or carpool to the center. For those who need it, there is overflow parking in the corner of Grotto Pizza’s parking lot for that day.
During the day, about 15 local vendors will be on hand. There will be a bingo tent set up, and they will have two puppet shows. New this year, they will have a woman with wild birds that she rehabilitates, and they will host “James the Bee Guy,” who will talk about the importance of bees to the environment.
“We will also have a craft table and face painting and T-shirt dyeing,” said Daisey.
Vendors include Weber Geothermal, CNC Solar — which installed the solar panels at the Nature Center — Birch Tree Cafe, Good Earth Market and Going Green on Delmarva magazine.
Daisey said the event will be like an “open house,” at which people can learn about all the things the Nature Center has, such as its rain garden, native plant garden, nature trail and the solar panels.
The Bethany Beach Nature Center is located at 807 Garfield Parkway, Route 26, just west of Grotto Pizza.