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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 entertained 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.









Should I be an adopter of wetlands?
Do you want to care for Delaware’s natural resources?

Do you have a wetland near where you live, work or go to school?

Do you have a few extra hours each month?

If you answered yes to one or more of those questions, you are ready to be an adopter!

Anyone can be an adopter they just need to have an interest in improving Delaware's natural beauty and an adoptable wetland. Adopting groups (over 100 strong statewide) range from big businesses to families and individuals, including school groups, youth groups, and community organizations.

For a list of current AAW groups click here.

For more information contact:
Marlene Mervine , AREC AWW Coordinator, 302-735-8660
Gary Kreamer , AREC Education Coordinator, 302-735-8665




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