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Nature Center and Field Trip Opportunities in Delaware 

There are multiple opportunites for wetland eduction and field trips in Delaware, below are examples of available programs. Click here for a complete list wetland field trip opportunties.
 

Opportunites Within DNREC

The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Research Education Center (AREC) offers extensive wetland education materials for teachers, a field trip based eco-explorer program, horseshoe crab and shorebird themed classroom visits, and nature retreats for urban and at-risk families, and youth fishing opportunities.

AREC Eco-Explorers
Students participating in the Eco-Explorers Program at AREC

The Division of Parks & Recreation offers many natural resource and wetland related programs across the state in the state parks.
 
The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is a cooperative program between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Delaware Coastal Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The goal of the program is to establish, protect, and manage natural estuarine habitats for research and education.
 
DNREC's DuPont Nature Center is owned and operated by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. This center offers one of the best viewing areas for spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds during the peak season.Visitors can learn about horseshoe crabs, migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, and the Delaware Estuary. Interior exhibition includes history on Slaughter Beach and the famed Mispillion Lighthouse, educational information on horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, waterfowl and plant life of the Salt Marsh. A live-cam will allow the public an up close and personal view of shorebirds feeding and horseshoe crabs spawning during peak times.
Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship offers in classroom programs to interested schools. Contact their Outreach Specialist at 302-739-9939 for details and to schedule a presentation today.  
Conservation Partners
 
The Thank You Delaware Bay! campaign was developed to showcase the beauty and amenities of the Delaware Bay and to encourage actions and activities that will help protect the bay's health and resources. The TYDB! campaign sprang from a collaboration of DNREC's Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Delaware Coastal Programs, The Nature Conservancy, and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
The Delaware Nature Society operates the DuPont Environmental Education Center on Wilmington’s Riverfront which is owned by the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware. DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is a partner in developing exhibit content for the Center and provides advisement on marsh projects related to the educational programming developed by DNS. The Center is on the edge of the 212-acre Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge that adjoins the tidal Christina River, which is home to many species of amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and native plants. The facility features indoor and outdoor exhibits on water related natural and cultural history topics and a boardwalk that extends into the marsh. Programs are offered for all ages, as well as courses for teachers.

Boy with horseshoe crab

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Additional Environmental Education Programs and Resources

Comprehensive List of Environmental Education Programs - In addition to wetland related programs there are multiple other programs offered through DNREC and our conservation partners that focus on a variety of other subjects.    

Visit our Educator Resource Page for kits, presentations, and workshops available for both formal and informal educators. 

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