A group of adults and teens stand on rocks and boulders at the edge of a stream during a volunteer cleanup event.
Fall Watershed Cleanup Young volunteers celebrate River Days during the Stream Stewards Fall Watershed Cleanup at First State National Historical Park, Sept. 2021. © John Hinkson / TNC

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TNC Celebrates Earth Day with First State Historical Park Clean Up

The Annual Earth Day Clean Up is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service.

Calling all Earth Day fans! You are cordially invited to The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Annual Earth Day Clean Up along the Brandywine Creek in the First State National Historical Park on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Advance registration is required.

“All too often, plastic waste and other trash clog our waterways and harm wildlife,” said TNC Delaware and Pennsylvania Chapter Executive Director Lori Brennan. “The Annual Earth Day Cleanup is a great way to celebrate spring and help the natural environment.” 

“Keeping communities across the First State clean and safe from pollution, degradation and the impacts of climate change is key to safeguarding our current and future generations. I thank The Nature Conservancy in Delaware for their steadfast commitment to climate action and this year’s Earth Day community clean-up,” said U.S. Senator Chris Coons.

“Every year, The Nature Conservancy hosts a Cleanup to celebrate Earth Day and Delaware’s rich natural heritage,” said Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester. “To this year’s Earth Day Cleanup participants—thank you for doing your part to protect our state and our planet!”

The Annual Earth Day Cleanup is a partnership between TNC and the National Park Service. Adults, families and groups are welcome. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the Pilot School at 208 Woodlawn Road in Wilmington and must register in advance. Bring a reusable water bottle. Gloves, trash bags and pickers will be provided.

Can’t make the cleanup? Host your own Earth Day independent cleanup and let us know! There are many other small things you can do this Earth Day to protect the planet. Limit your car travel, calculate your carbon footprint, purchase and use cloth bags when you shop, learn to compost, avoid single-use food and drink containers and learn more about environmental justice work in our backyard. 

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.