On a day that’s typically for gathering together, planting trees and celebrating nature, this year, although we’re spread apart, there are still plenty of meaningful ways to celebrate the wonderful planet we call home. Remember to practice social distancing whenever you’re outdoors and please stay home if you’re feeling sick.
Plant a vegetable garden
Many fruits and vegetables can be grown at home with items you already have! Potatoes, tomatoes, onions, apples and peaches can be planted right in your backyard from kitchen scraps. View tips from Coverdale Farm of Greenville here.
Plant a sustainable garden
Wildlife can always use a helping hand and you can do your part by planting native plant species in your yard or garden. Start with plants for pollinators like butterflies or ones that provide food and shelter for birds or choose some beautiful plants and flowers from local nurseries like Ronny’s Garden World in Smyrna or Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin. Find the best native plants to thrive in your garden using Mt. Cuba Center's Native Plant Finder.
Learn about nature
The Delaware Nature Society provides great online resources for both little kids and bigger kids. For the little ones, you’ll find engaging videos about local wildlife and on the other page, you’ll see more advanced information about plant identification and more. Check back weekly for new videos and information!
Crafts and Coloring
Draw your own nature scene or print some online coloring books like these from Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. While you have the crayons out, try creating some leaf rubbings or get even more creative with some of these ideas from Mt. Cuba.
Cook a local meal
Support local farmers by cooking up a dinner featuring farm fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and more! Check out top spots like T.S. Smith & Sons in Bridgeville, Fifer Orchards in Wyoming or Dewey Beach and Willey’s Market in Townsend.
Pack the binoculars and head to top birdwatching spots like Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge or Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. It’s easy to view birds from the comfort of your car or explore the trails and boardwalks along the wetlands which offer great opportunities to stretch your legs. Discover more birding locations and get great tips from the experts at Delmarva Birding Weekends.
Go for a hike
Take in the fresh air with a walk outside. Whether it’s around your block or in a public space, enjoy a brief break from the indoors. Opt for lesser known trails like wildlife areas rather than popular parks which may make social distancing difficult.
Ride your bike
Pedal around the neighborhood or take advantage of central Delaware’s flat countryside where you can comfortably bike for miles on open roads. Also consider one of Delaware Greenways’ trails like the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail or the Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail.