The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is celebrating American Wetlands Month in May.

Events and activities honor a natural resource that plays key roles in cleaning drinking water and protecting Delawareans from storms by buffering coastal areas.

Delaware American Wetlands Month activities include:

— Wetland Warrior Award Nominations:

The Delaware Wetland Warrior Award, now in its 10th year, is presented to students, teachers, classrooms, citizens or organizations that have demonstrated exemplary efforts to benefit Delaware wetlands. The award has two categories, education and professional. For more information, visit

— Conference Program Cover Art Contest:

The winner of this new contest will be featured on the cover of the 2018 Delaware Wetlands Conference program and will be the sole art vendor at the conference. Any medium is acceptable, but the format must be 8.5-by-11 inches and content must be wetland-related. More information can be found at

— Social Media Campaign:

Each week during the May, the Delaware Wetlands social media accounts will focus on a different aspect of wetlands, including working in wetlands, invasive plants, how to identify wetlands and wetland migration.

DNREC’s American Wetlands Month activities are organized by the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program. For information, visit