by Terry Rogers
On Saturday, October 6, Delaware Nature Society kicked off fall with the Harvest Moon Festival at the Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville. The event featured several live bands, hayrides, pumpkin carving, artisan demonstrations and a beer garden. There was also a corn maze live animal photo booth and International Turtle Race at the event designed to kick off the fall season at Delaware Nature Society.
Coverdale Farm Preserve is a 177-acre working farm that showcases regenerative agricultural methods. These methods lead to healthier soil and minimize the impact of farming on the land. In addition, the farm offers panoramic views of a rolling countryside overlooking vegetable gardens as well as a professional kitchen that is used for culinary classes.
Through the Delaware Nature Society, there are many events planned locally for the fall season. Matt Babbitt, Site Manager at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, provided information about many fall activities at the Mill designed to help individuals and families learn more about nature while having fun.
“Every Wednesday until November 14, we offer the Knee High Naturalists Series,” Babbitt said. “We invite families to explore the great outdoors here at Abbott’s Mill. Parents and children enjoy hands-on nature experiences through songs, stories and games with an Abbott’s Teacher Naturalist. Classes include a craft and snack. We end the program in November, but it picks back up again in March.” Classes are from 10 to 11:30 AM. Delaware Nature members pay $4 per child per session while non-members pay $7 per child per session. The program is geared for children aged two to five years of age.
Bird watching has been a common past time on Delmarva for many years. The Delaware Nature Society and Abbott’s Mill offer free beginning bird walks on Thursdays until October 25. Alice Mohrman, Abbott’s Mill Education Coordinator takes participants on weekly guided walks in search of resident and migratory birds. Participants learn basic bird identification skills while exploring the stream, forest and field habitats of both Abbott’s Mill and the Milford Millponds Nature Preserve. Binoculars are available for use and all levels of experience are welcome. The walk is free but anyone interested is asked to call 302-422-0847 to RSVP. The walks will begin again in the April.
“We are currently planning our next Movies at the Mill event,” Babbitt said. “The films are produced by Duct Tape Then Beer & Patagonia. Each film is designed to inspire folks to think globally and at locally via surfing, trail running, climbing, skiing and more. Regardless of our region, we are all locals in our backyard. This one-night outdoor film festival is made possible with the support of Dogfish Head, Delaware Electric Cooperative and other sponsors.”
Although a date has not been determined, tickets are available for $25 for adults, $10 for seniors aged 60 and above or $10 for children aged 5 to 17. Children under five are free. Tickets include one complimentary Dogfish Head Craft beer or non-alcoholic beverages. In order to receive a free beer, participants must be 21 or older. Food will be available from Delicious Craving, 2 Dips Ice Cream and Amity Coffee Roasters and Café. There are also VIP Tickets available for $50 which includes one complimentary beer or non-alcoholic beverage, 6 PM early entry, beer tastings, preferred seating and a food voucher.
Every third Saturday between March and November, Abbott’s Mill guided tours are available. The tours are free for Delaware Nature members. Non-members pay $5 for adults and $3 for children.
“Take a tour of the mill with a seasoned mechanic,” Babbitt said. “Learn about the unique history of the mill, dating back to 1795 and experience the rush of water through the turbine while feeling the rumble of the millstones. There is no pre-registration required, just show up.”
For more information on what is happening this fall through the Delaware Nature Society or Abbott’s Mill, contact Babbitt at 302-422-0847.
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