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April 26, 2024

Ocean View, DE - The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) are once again uniting to host the much-loved Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve located at 30048 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View, Delaware.

With its beginnings in 2019, the Water Family Fest showcases the work of DNREC's Division of Watershed Stewardship and CIB, highlighting their efforts in improving our environment, managing wetlands, enhancing recreational shorelines, and upgrading water quality.

Attendees can look forward to a day full of family-friendly activities, including clay crafting, insect identification, and visiting a reading nook. The event won't be short of learning opportunities, with over 30 nature-based organizations and nonprofits showcasing exhibits exploring topics from shellfish and wetlands to rain gardens and native plants.

Additionally, plant lovers will be able to shop from a variety of native plants offered for sale by local nurseries, including Inland Bays Garden Center, Roots Landscaping, Coastal Tributaries, and East View Farms.

Families attending can also explore a brand-new touch-a-boat area and enjoy a feast from food vendors like Taco Reho, Bountiful Bowls, and Ocean View Brewing Company. The Homestead Bluegrass band will play live music on the main stage, adding to the ambiance.

The Water Family Fest, proudly sponsored by Coastal Plant Care, Freeman Institute, Ashton Pools, Inland Bays Garden Center, Blooming Meadow Nursery, and Del-Coast Design & Build, is planned as a rain-or-shine event. 

Parking is conveniently located across from the Preserve's main entrance, with additional overflow parking available at G&E Hardware.

For more details about the Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale, head to dnrec.delaware.gov. Here's your chance to enjoy a fun-filled day with the family while contributing to the cause of Delaware's natural resources and environment.