Bethany Beach Nature Center to celebrate Earth Day this Saturday

While “every day is Earth Day” at the Bethany Beach Nature Center, Saturday, April 15, will be an extra-special day at the former Addy Cottage.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the center will host an early Earth Day celebration that director Nancy Lucy said will bring together entertainment and education in a way that is sure to please all its visitors.

The celebration builds on the success of last year’s Earth Day program and will again feature Eric Energy and his Science Spectacular, Lucy said, kicking off the day’s programs at 11 a.m. His interactive program will be followed by a musical performance by Crabmeat Thompson at 11:30 a.m. “Gleemania” will present “Every Day is Earth Day” at 12:30 p.m.

All of the shows encourage audience participation, whether that audience is 2 or 92. Lucy said the center’s goal is to have a celebration that everyone in the family can enjoy.

In addition to the performers, the Earth Day celebration will feature ongoing activities inside the Addy Cottage, as well as outside. Raffles, an open house, nature-themed crafts and live animals are among the activities planned, Lucy said. The Center for the Inland Bays and Envirotech will be on hand with informational displays. A special Earth Day movie, “Simon Says Save the Climate,” will be on a continuous loop inside the cottage.

Saturday’s Earth Day celebration is an extension of a wide range of regular programming at the nature center, which includes the Kids’ Nature Adventure activities each Saturday at 10:30 a.m., “Mystery Guest” on Wednesdays, garden activities on Thursdays and scavenger hunt/snack time on Fridays. In addition to those programs, the center also features wetland trails that offer a peek into an important ecosystem of the area.

At the Earth Day, event pizza slices from Grotto Pizza will be available “while they last,” Lucy said. She also suggested that visitors “honor Mother Earth and walk or ride your bike” to the center on Saturday, if possible.

The Bethany Beach Nature Center is located at 807 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach. For more information, call (302) 537-7680 or visit the Town’s website at