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The DuPont Nature Center
Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

DuPont Nature Center to reopen March 1
Center offers a window into the heart of Delaware’s Bayshore Region

DOVER (Feb. 26, 2014) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife facility located in the heart of Delaware’s Bayshore Region, will reopen on Saturday, March 1 after being closed for the winter. Spring hours from March 1 through May 3 will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Beginning May 4 and continuing through Aug. 26, the center also will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

New for 2014, the DuPont Nature Center will be open to schools and organizations, for reserved group tours only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 4 through Aug. 26. For more information about educational programs, or to schedule tours and field trips, please call 302-422-1329 or email

Special events open to the public during the 2014 season include:

  • Earth Day Celebration – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26
  • 5th Annual Peace, Love and Horseshoe Crab Festival – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 17
  • Fish Camp Summer Day Camps – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on the following Mondays: June 16, July 14 and Aug. 11 

Perched on the edge of Mispillion Harbor at the intersection of the mouths of the Mispillion River and Cedar Creek, the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve offers a variety of interactive exhibits, school tours and educational programs. Indoor freshwater tanks allow a close-up look at a variety of aquatic species, from horseshoe crabs to diamondback terrapins.

In the spring, the center’s large deck overlooking the harbor offers wildlife watchers a front-row seat for the spring spectacle of spawning horseshoe crabs and the migrating shorebirds including the red knot that depend on horseshoe crab eggs to help fuel their 9,000-mile journey.

The DuPont Nature Center is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, near Slaughter Beach, east of Milford. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the center and its programs, please call 302-422-1329 or visit

The DuPont Nature Center supports DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, click Delaware Bayshore.

Vol. 44, No. 51

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