The purpose of the Delta Woods & Waters Expo is to educate our youth in the knowledge and value of the environment and the wonders of our beautiful Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The Delta Woods & Waters Expo is a vital program of the City of Spanish Fort, highlighted annually with a festival held at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. The goal of the Expo is to heighten awareness, appreciation and concern for our valuable natural surroundings (plants, animals, waterways) and to share positive skills for lifelong outdoor recreational pleasure through an enjoyable educational experience.
As the "Gateway to the Delta”, it is only natural that Spanish Fort and 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center should partner in hosting this annual 3-day event. Since the Expo's inception in April of 2009, approximately 600 fourth grade students from Spanish Fort and area grade schools, along with their teachers and parent-chaperones, have attended the event on field trips each year during the two scheduled school days. Saturday is Family Day at the Expo, featuring a full day of fun and educational activities, demonstrations, food and music.
The Environmental Studies Center's birds of prey program and the Dauphin Island Estuarium's touch tank of sea creatures fascinates children and adults alike with their up-close experiences of birds and sea life indigenous to the area. Informative demonstrations of archery, retrieving dogs, turkey calling, campsite setup, and boating use and safety are ongoing throughout the day. Learn new skills through hands-on experiences such as casting a rod and reel combo, capturing images through digital photography of the outdoors, hand-tying a fishing fly and learning to cast a fly rod, or tying knots using centuries-old techniques, just to name a few.
Each year since the Expo began, Dr. John C. Hall, award-winning author and curator of the Black Belt Museum, has reprised his role as naturalist William Bartram, mesmerizing audiences with tales of Bartram's travels through the Mobile-Tensaw Delta in 1775. We are pleased and excited about the addition of Rosa Newman Hall to the Expo lineup for 2014. Ms. Hall's character, Moccasin Woman, portrays a Creek Indian woman of the late 18th, early 19th century. Sharing her vast knowledge of the woman's place in Indian life, particularly, in a hunting camp, Ms. Hall will talk about food, cooking, camp life, the woman's social role and the deerskin trade of the day. Click HERE
more information about Rosa Newman Hall.
The Delta Woods & Waters Expo is admission-free and entirely supported by the City of Spanish Fort, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, sponsorships by local and area individuals and businesses, and the time and energy of scores of volunteers. The Expo is scheduled annually on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the last weekend in April. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this fun and educational community event which educates area youth in enjoying the recreational opportunities in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, while being good stewards of this environmental treasure.
Plans are underway for the 9th Annual Delta Woods & Waters Expo in 2017. School field trips are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 27rd and 28th, and Family Day will be held on Saturday, April 29th, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission to the event is free, with ample free parking and shuttle service. For more information, visit the official Expo website at deltawoodsandwatersexpo.com
, email DWWE@cityofspanishfort.com or call 251-626-4884.