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Facilities at the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve


St. Jones Reserve Facilities

Boardwalk TrailThe St. Jones Reserve facilities house the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve offices, classroom space, laboratories, conference rooms, dormitory rooms, and exhibits. It is a federally-funded, state-owned and -operated environmental education, training and research facility that can offer a unique setting for your visit, conference, office retreat, training workshop, or special meeting.

The St.Jones Reserve features a one-mile nature trail, with a quarter-mile boardwalk over the salt marsh that connects the Reserve with the adjacent Ted Harvey Wildlife Management Area past the native plant nursery of the Delaware Native Plant Society. Visitors are welcome to tour the St. Jones Center for Estuarine Science, open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and enjoy the wonders of estuaries through our interpretive exhibits.

St Jones Reserve CenterThe Barn, Meeting Room, and Dorm Rooms are available to accommodate groups from eight to 75 people.  The Barn has two conference rooms that can be combined into a larger auditorium that can accommodate up to 75 people. The St. Jones Reserve also has four dormitory rooms available for overnight lodging of researchers or educators.  A rental fee will be assessed and reinvested in the Reserve program and facilities for use of the center by educational, governmental, natural resource, and non-profit groups. The center is not available for private parties, or for use by any group not falling into the aforementioned categories. Reservations will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The St. Jones Reserve is located at 818 Kitts Hummock Rd, Dover, DE 19901 (located off Rt. 9, about 1 mile on the right past the John Dickinson Mansion).For more information or to schedule a reservation please contact Colleen Holstein at (302) 739-6377 or by email .

Blackbird Creek Reserve Facilities

Canoeing on the Blackbird CreekThe Blackbird Creek Reserve boasts several miles of trails through uplands and along the marsh and a canoe/kayak launch. The Blackbird Creek Reserve is located at 801 Blackbird Landing Road, Townsend, DE.  This property is open to the public from dawn until dusk 7 days a week.  We encourage passive use of the property for your enjoyment including walking, running, hiking, bird watching, photography, sketching, painting nature, canoeing and kayaking.  There is limited hunting on this property and is coordiated through the Division of Fish & Wildlife.


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