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We regret to inform you that – due to decreasing federal funding to the Aquatic Resources Education Program under which it operates – support for the Delaware Adopt-a-Wetland (AAW) Program has been suspended until further notice. That means that no new adoptions can be undertaken and existing adopters will not be able to call on AAW support staff as provided in the past. Groups who wish may continue to carry on their good work in stewardship and monitoring of their respective adopted wetland sites (pending ongoing approval from landowners) through their own resources. For further information on this situation, please peruse the attached AAW status FAQs. Please tune into this website periodically for updates on any changes relevant to the future of the Adopt-a-Wetland program.












For more information contact:

Marlene Mervine, AREC AWW Coordinator, 302-735-8660

Gary Kreamer, AREC Education Coordinator, 302-735-8665


Adopt-a-Wetland (AAW) is a volunteer program where participants adopt a wetland to care for and watch over. The goal of the program is to teach Delaware residents about the importance of wetlands to humans and the natural world, all while helping to protect these same resources.

The program was founded in the late 1980s through the ideas and initiative of one woman, Dot White, a retired Sussex County chemist and farmer. Walking on her property, she wondered how she could improve not only her land and water, but those of her neighbors too. With the help of DNREC Ms. White worked to created a volunteer program to promote stewardship of wetlands across the state of Delaware.

From the humble beginnings of one site at Records Pond in Laurel, Delaware's Adopt-A-Wetland program has grown to over 90 sites and over 3,000 volunteers. To find out how you can be part of the fun keep reading, and remember, “Delaware’s good nature depends on you!”

Additional Information

Check out our “Working for Wetlands” video and meet some of our adopters!

For more information on the history of AAW click here

Click here for AAW brochure

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