Families Spring into Nature at Wildlife Preserve

Families with little ones took advantage of Saturday’s summer-like weather and went fishing on Wilmington’s Riverfront. Yes, the Russel Peterson Wildlife Refuge at the DuPont Environmental Education Center had the good fortune to plan their spring open house on a day when you only wanted to be outdoors.

Kids enjoyed free dip netting all afternoon, and with 212 acres of fresh water tidal marsh, the Wildlife Refuge is home to lots of water creatures such as tadpoles, crayfish, glass shrimp, striped bass, turtles and red belly cooter. The children also took turns playing with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that hovered near the top of the water and zoomed left and right throughout the marsh. The ROV has a camera tucked inside, which takes pictures of water life and anything else down under.

The ROV has its own interesting story. The apparatus was created and engineered by a team of 8th graders from Delaware Futures who were inspired by reading the book, “Rosie Revere the Engineer” as part of the Longwood Gardens Community Read program. The 8th grade team developed the ROV based on design ideas presented in the book, which they read at Longwood Gardens. This is non-profit symmetry at its best!

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Christy Fleming

Christy Fleming

The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.

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