With the 2018 Delaware Sea Grant and College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment online calendar, you can bring the beauty of Delaware's coastal resources to your computer screen. In addition to scenic wallpaper for each month, check out the list of notable dates as well as environmental facts, tips, and web links.
April — Re-imagining Laurel, Delaware
Photo by Teresa Messmore
Have you visited the town of Laurel lately? Situated in Delaware’s southwest corner on Broad Creek, Laurel was once considered one of the wealthiest communities in Delaware with a booming agricultural and fishing economy.
Now, as much of southern Delaware is growing exponentially, Laurel is planning for the future. With the help of the University of Delaware’s Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative and Delaware Sea Grant, Laurel’s residents are considering ways to preserve the town’s small-town heritage while expanding its tourism economy and preparing for population expansion. The town has established a Downtown Development District
to make it easier for small businesses to thrive around the historic waterfront. The town has also designed the Laurel Ramble
, a mixed-use development project centered around Broad Creek to emphasize the town’s focus on ecotourism and sustainable business creation.
1-30 - Earth Month
- April is nationally recognized as Earth Month and this year’s theme is plastic pollution
. Make it a goal this month to reduce your plastic use by bringing reusable shopping bags to the grocery store, using reusable utensils rather than plastic ones, and refusing drinking straws at restaurants.
1 - Easter
- Celebrate Easter with a non-traditional egg hunt by searching for shark egg cases
on the beach (and reduce the number of plastic eggs in the process)!
1 - April Fool’s Day
- Don’t get caught in a joke today! Instead, have one on us by checking out our 15 Second Science blooper reel
6 - National Walk to Work Day - Save gas and the environment by taking the opportunity to walk to work today!
14 - National Dolphin Day - Have you seen dolphins off the Delaware coast? Spotting for Atlantic bottlenose dolphin is a favorite pastime of residents and tourists alike along Delaware’s ocean beaches.
22 - Earth Day
- Celebrate our planet today by focusing on sustainability! Try limiting your plastic use for the day and walk or bike to work instead of driving. Plus, check out these resources
to measure and reduce your impact on the planet.
25 - World Penguin Day
27 - Arbor Day
- Plant a tree in your backyard or volunteer
for a local tree planting event!
Once you have downloaded your wallpaper, you can fine-tune its appearance using your computer's desktop preferences menu (i.e. whether the image is centered, tiled, stretched to fit the screen, etc.).
Click on the link below the image of the month representing the size that you are interested in. This will open the image in its own window.
Step 2 For PC users:
1. Position your cursor over the image.
2. Click the right mouse button.
3. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer (v. 6.0 or higher), select "Set as Background" from the popup menu.
Step 2 For Mac users:
OSX: Drag the image onto your desktop.
Go to System Preferences and open the "Desktop & Screen Saver" icon.
Under the "Desktop" heading, use the file navigator to add the image to the library.
OS9: Drag the image onto your desktop.
Go to your Control Panel and select "Appearance.
Click "Set desktop" and choose your new image.