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School Programs at the Reserve


Are you looking for a great field trip opportunity or possibly a visit from a naturalist into your classroom? Have you thought about the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve? The Reserve provides wonderful field trip and classroom outreach opportunities for you and your students! There are two locations for field trips including the St. Jones Reserve in Dover and the Blackbird Creek Reserve in Townsend. 

The Reserve offers school programs for students in grades K-16 including a feature field trip for the 4th grade in conjunction with the John Dickinson Plantation. The programs are grade appropriate and are designed with the state science standards in mind.  Programs are engaging, science based, and include a hands-on component. The Reserve offers a wide variety of activities on topics such as watersheds, ecosystems, land and water, wetlands, organisms (fish, horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, mammals, etc.), and water quality and pollution.

Come out and enjoy a day at the Reserve or have us bring the “field trip” to you!

School programs are available September-June and are scheduled from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Field trips are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

See our program guide by clicking on the image below.












For more information and registration, please contact Johanna Hripto at or (302) 739-6377.


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