New wildlife academy at the zoo

Lisa Lightner

I can't believe that in my past two columns I forgot to mention that opening day of Trout Season was coming. I guess because we were still having cold and snowy weather, it slipped my mind.

Well, if you missed it, it's now open! So get your license if you haven't already done so. You can order them online and have it mailed to you from the Fish Commission or get one at Buck's in Avondale.

We saw plenty of action here in Avondale on the White Clay Creek. Also on the 30th we headed up to Baily's Dairy in Pocopson and saw lots of people fishing in that area as well. We love visiting Baily's and getting our milk there, I never thought to combine it with a fishing trip. Still some time to practice before the fishing derby at Anson Nixon park.

April is Earth Day month, so of course there are lots of activities for families to learn about Earth Day and help the cause.

The Philadelphia Zoo has just opened a new Wildlife Academy for kids. I can't wait to go; we have plans to go on the 19th. What's different about this section of the zoo is that it focuses more on conservation and allows kids to more closely interact with the animals. It has many interactive features that help families learn about conservation. It sounds fantastic!

Earth Day Earth Day celebration at The National Constitution Center, which is one of our favorite places to visit. Monday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; FREE with museum admission. During the National Constitution Center's Earth Day celebration, visitors can find out how to help their communities 'go green'-a key part of being an active citizen! Throughout the day, Philadelphia-based eco-friendly organizations will be on hand to discuss important topics such as the significance of eating locally grown foods. Children can create environmentally friendly crafts, including recycled paper and art projects made from recycled materials. Tune in online at to view a special Earth Day episode of the Center's popular webcast and live chat series, Constitution Hall Pass. Members of the National Constitution Center's staff will be available to answer viewer questions beginning Tuesday, April 16 through Earth Day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST (weekdays only).

White Clay Creek Fest White Clay Wild and Scenic Program in partnership with Delaware State Parks, United Water Suez Environment and the National Park Service, announces the fifth annual White Clay Creek Fest scheduled for May 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at Carpenter Recreation Area, White Clay Creek State Park and just minutes away from University of Delaware north campus. Visitors are encouraged to come early for an 11 a.m. pre-Fest Mason Dixon hike lead by the Pennsylvania Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve. Entertainment acts sponsored by the American Mushroom Institute, City of Newark and Friends of White Clay Creek State Park are featured. Creek Fest celebrates the many ways to enjoy and protect the White Clay Creek, a National Wild and Scenic River. The rain date is May 5.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy live music by Baltimore based band Unity Reggae and the antics of the Juggling Hoffmans and be amazed at the power and precision of the Free-Flight Bird Encounter by Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections. Falafels from Newark's Home Grown Cafe, pizza from Wood Fired Pizza and ice cream by UDairy Creamery are sure to satisfy. Fly tying, crafts, gardening tips, environmental discussions and much more are part of this fun and exciting day. Free water bottles will be given to the first 290 attendees as well as native plants and other give-a-ways and prizes! This is a free event; however, park entrance fees are in effect. More information about White Clay Creek State Park is available by calling the Chambers House Nature Center at (302) 368-6560, the White Clay Creek Park Office at (302) 368-6900, or by visiting

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