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Tree-Related Events



Tree Planting Events


Child and father planting a tree seedling during a tree planting at Blackbird State ForestVolunteers of all ages are invited to participate in tree planting events held throughout the year. Registration is required to participate in each event. Volunteers are asked to sign a consent form, and a parent or guardian must sign the form if under the age of 18.

Volunteer Consent Form

What to Wear and Bring for a Tree Planting

  1. Work shoes or work boots that can get dirty;
  2. Appropriate clothing and hats that can get dirty and are suited to the weather (cold, rain, wind, or heat);
  3. Sunscreen and insect repellant (if needed) depending on the weather;
  4. Work gloves; and
  5. A shovel, if possible.

The latest updates for the event will be posted on the Delaware Forest Service Facebook Page: DelForestService and DelawareTrees

September 29, 2022

Tree Planting at Kiwanis Park in Seaford

Volunteers are needed to plant 21 trees at the Seaford Kiwanis Park Event – Flyer on Thursday, September 29. The event will be hosted by the City of Seaford and the Delaware Forest Service’s Urban & Community Forestry division, and it will begin at 9:30 A.M. Contact Taryn Davidson at (302) 659-6704 or Taryn.Davidson@delaware.gov. No registration required.

Kiwanis Park is located on the West side of Seaford right along Stein Highway. Located on the east side of the park is the Seaford Veterans’ Memorial, where both Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day Ceremonies take place (weather depending). There is a sidewalk that leads from this location to the west end of the park, where you can visit the monument dedicated to the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department and the water fountain dedicated to George E. Higgins. The park is filled with different plants and trees and has benches throughout the walkway to sit and enjoy its beauty.

Directions to the Kiwanis Park Tree Planting Site

From the NORTH:
U.S. 13: Take U.S. 13 South until you reach Rt. 13A (Bridgeville Highway) in Seaford. Continue on Bridgeville Highway and turn right after Dunkin’. Continue on Rt. 20/W. Stein Highway, and the destination will be on the left.
From the EAST:
Route 9: Take Route 9 West until you reach the Georgetown Circle in Downtown Georgetown. Take the first exit onto North Bedford Street. Continue on Bridgeville Road/Seashore Highway and turn left onto Road 529. Road 529 becomes Old Furnace Road; turn left onto Middleford Road. Turn right onto U.S. 13 North, then turn left onto DE-20 West (Norman Eskridge Highway). Norman Eskridge Highway becomes E. Stein Highway, and the destination will be on the left.
From the SOUTH:
Route 13: Take U.S. 13 North until you reach DE-20 W in Seaford (near Arby’s and Starbucks). Turn left to DE-20 West (Norman Eskridge Highway). Norman Eskridge Highway becomes E. Stein Highway, and the destination will be on the left.
Route 113: (Selbyville) Take U.S. 113 North until you reach State Road 20 (Hardscrabble Road). Turn left and continue on Hardscrabble Road. Cross Route 9 and continue on State Road 20 (Concord Road). Turn right onto U.S. 13 North, then turn left onto DE-20 West (Norman Eskridge Highway). Norman Eskridge Highway becomes E. Stein Highway, and the destination will be on the left.


Educational Opportunities

Restoring riparian forests is a key strategy for improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, a “national treasure” and the largest estuary in North America, covering 64,000 square miles in six states and the District of Columbia. The Cypress Branch in southwestern New Castle County is one of the headwaters for the Chester River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay that begins where Cypress Branch and Andover Branch join together in Millington, MD. The planting site is near the Cypress Branch, part of the Chester River sub-watershed of the Chesapeake Bay Basin. The new trees will help enhance wildlife habitat, fight invasive species, and improve water quality in the critical Chesapeake Bay.

 

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Experience at Blackbird State Forest

Harriet Tubman noted a place called “Blackbird” as one of her landmarks as she journeyed through Delaware, but her precise pathways are unknown. She may have referred to one or more free black communities that existed in the area. The 6,000-acre Blackbird State Forest evokes the landscapes freedom seekers, and their guides would have encountered. These rich natural resources both hindered and enabled enslaved people on their perilous journeys to the north. Blackbird is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Historic Byway.

“Conductor” Dee Patterson led a 90-minute walking tour to experience the natural world that shaped the inspirational life of Harriet Tubman to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth. Blackbird State Forest is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Historic Byway. Conductor Dee Patterson is an acclaimed storyteller, historian, and nationally certified cultural interpretive guide. As founder and CEO of UGR3DAY Underground Railroad Experiences Inc., she brings her research-based narratives, poetic storytelling, and creative energy to each visitor experience.

Families participate in Harriet Tubman hike in September 2022

Stay tuned for more educational opportunities!


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