Spring is coming, and with it, the cleanup

Lisa Lightner

You know, for as disappointed as I was that we didnít get that last snowfall we were promised, I guess itís a good thing. Iím enjoying the weekend mild temperatures and not envious of my relatives in Colorado who did experience a blizzard. We got out our swingset stuff, cleaned it off and are getting ready for another season of outdoor play.

Speaking of outdoor play, if you want your kids to get their/your first choice of summer camps, now is the time. In fact, it may even be too late.

From either BVA to Longwood Gardens to Delaware Nature Society and beyond, there are hundreds of fantastic options for our kids. Weíre really fortunate to have so many great offerings to close to home. I just havenít had time to profile them all, and now weíre heading into spring and Earth Day, which brings lots of activities.

So, speaking of spring and some activities you may be interested in, here is a spring event sponsored by the Delaware Nature Society and the Red Clay Valley Association. Our homes arenít the only thing that needs to be prepped for spring, so do our area parks and outdoor areas. Help if you can!

Volunteers are needed for the annual Red Clay Valley Cleanup, which will be held Saturday, March 23, at 8 a.m. The clean up is cosponsored by the Delaware Nature Society and the Red Clay Valley Association. The clean up focuses on more than 44 miles of stream and roadway along the east and west branches of the Red Clay Creek, starting in Kennett Borough and ending at Kirkwood Highway. The cleanup area includes the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway, an area that the state of Delaware has recognized as having special scenic, natural and historic qualities.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Red Clay Valley Cleanup, which is now in its 25th year. Last year, 670 volunteers collected more than 11 tons of trash. ďVolunteers work hard but most also consider it great fun and an opportunity for family and neighbors to get together,Ē says Jim Jordan, chair of the Red Clay Clean Up project.

The cleanup kicks off at 8 a.m., when volunteers assemble at Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, Del., or in Kennett Square, at either Anson Nixon Park or Kennett Area YMCAís outdoor pool. After check-in and refreshments, volunteers disperse to their assigned areas along the clean up route. All necessary materials (trash bags, gloves, reflective safety vests, etc.) will be provided. The cleanup should be completed by noon.

Large groups are encouraged to contact Delaware Nature Society or Red Clay Valley Association for their route assignments prior to March 23. For more information, or to sign up, call Delaware Nature Society at 302-239-2334 or Red Clay Valley Association at 610-793-1090.

As always, you can reach me at LisaLightner at Yahoo.com or Facebook.com/KPGreatOutdoors.

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.