Water Family Fest & Native Plant Sale

Water Family Fest & Native Plant Sale

The 2023 Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note: This event is rain or shine.

The Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale, which started in 2019, is free and family-friendly. It features “feet-wet, hands-dirty fun,” outdoor recreation and educational opportunities, multiple exhibits, food trucks, and a native plant sale.

Organizations and nonprofits will be at James Farm Ecological Preserve the entire span of the festival so attendees can take their time exploring activities and exhibits.

Local plant nurseries will be there to answer questions on the importance of native species and will have a variety of native plants for sale to the public.

Educational exhibits will help people explore environmental topics such as seagrass, shellfish, waves, beaches, wetlands, tax ditches, rain gardens, and more.

Throughout the event, there will be a series of short talks on diverse topics such as diamondback terrapins, invasive species, coastal ecology, plants and more. There will also be fun family activities including horseshoe crab tagging, fish seining, bird identification, and a guided walk through the Preserve’s trails.

For more information on the event, please contact Caitlin Chaney, by email at cchaney@inlandbays.org, or at 302-226-8105.

Exhibitors, Sponsors, and More

Special thanks to our 2023 Water Family Fest and Native Plant Sale Sponsors!

New to the 2023 event is music by the Homestead Bluegrass Band!

Attendees can explore hiking trails, take a guided bird walk, or even try paddle boarding and kayaking.

Check back here for more detailed information in the event program guide, to be posted as the date approaches.

Thank you to our sponsors and local food trucks that help make this community event great!

Food And Beverages

Parking Information

Event parking for attendees is located across the street from the Preserve’s main entrance. Overflow parking will be available at G&E Hardware (30264 Cedar Neck Rd, Ocean View) with a free shuttle service.

Interested in sponsoring this event? For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mark Carter, by email at mcarter@inlandbays.org, or at 302-226-8105 (x 717).