Biennial Report 2018-2019 - Page 10

Celebrating DuPont Environmental Education Center (Continued from page 9) and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed. Support from the Alliance brought about the development of the highly popular NatureMobile, River Days, and Watershed Fellowship. The Watershed Fellowship provides critical support for outdoor engagement on the Wilmington Riverfront and is helping to create a new youth development program for 2020 based in Southbridge called Trail Ambassadors. DEEC and the marsh trails are open year-round from dawn to dusk. Visit DelNature.org/DEEC to learn more. Celebration In the fall of 2019, DelNature, along with RDC, celebrated DEEC’s 10-year anniversary. In addition to a fun run, crafts, music, and canoeing, the Delaware Division of Natural Resources and Environmental Control unveiled a new upland trail system in the Russell Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. The ribbon cutting occurred just 1 year after opening the Jack Markell Trail. DEEC 10 Year Anniversary Funders: Artesian Water, Dogfish Head, DuPont Corporation, EDiS Company, RK&K, and Pike Creek Valley Running Club. Programs at DEEC are provided by the generous funding of numerous partners, foundations and corporations including: Riverfront Development Corporation, Chichester du Pont Foundation, DuPont, BlackRock, SL Gimbel Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Chemours, and individual donors. Advocate for Nature DelNature advocates on wildlife and habitats, land conservation, clean water, renewable energy sources, climate change, and protection of our region’s natural resources. DelNature’s advocacy work in 2018 – 2019 remained as strong and impactful as ever. We worked extensively with state legislators, DNREC, New Castle County and the congressional delegation on a variety of environmental issues. We successfully advocated for millions of dollars in State funding for Clean Water, 10 open space, and farmland preservation. DelNature also became more active in county and local environmental and land use policy. We worked with 3,000 water warriors, added climate change as one of our priority issues, and fought for the passage of the successful state plastic bag ban. At our Clean Water Rallies, more than 300 Water Warriors and Clean Water Alliance members flooded Legislative Hall in blue in support of Clean Water Funding To learn more, email us at Advocacy@DelNature.org. Photography by Nicholas Tonelli