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DuPont Nature Center Educational Programs & Events

 

 
The DuPont Nature Center will be offering weekly and monthly scheduled programs from April through September. All programs are free of charge.
 
Feeding Time
Join nature center staff as we feed our aquatic friends. Species fed may include horseshoe crabs, fish, turtles and blue crabs. Fun for all ages! No registration required; see dates and times for "Feeding Time" below.
 
Storybook Saturday
Join nature center educators as we read stories about aquatic species and visitors to our Delaware Bay. Each story will be followed by an activity (most at K-6 grade age level). This is a family friendly program and is a great way to spend a morning at the Bay!
PRE-REGISTER: Walk-ins are welcome but we do ask that you pre-register for this program so we can make sure we prepare enough supplies in advance. To pre-register, please call 302-422-1329 or contact Lynne Pusey at
lynne.pusey@state.de.us.
 
Creature Feature
If you like to learn interesting facts about the fascinating creatures that live in the Delaware Bay, stop by during one of our Creature Features! Each Creature Feature will highlight a different creature and will allow visitors to get an up close look while they learn cool facts from an educator. Fun for all ages!
 
Lunch and Learn Lecture Series
Bring a bagged lunch and a hunger to learn! We'll hear from biologists and educators about topics that highlight the species and habitats of the Delaware Bayshore region. These programs are geared toward adults, but families are welcome.
PRE-REGISTER: Walk-ins are welcome but we do ask that you pre-register for this program so we can let our speakers know how many guests to prepare for. To pre-register, please call 302-422-1329 or contact Lynne Pusey at
lynne.pusey@state.de.us.
 
 
     APRIL
 Date  Time  Program  Notes
 April 7  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time  
 April 14  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time  
 April 14  11 a.m. - Noon Storybook Saturday  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us
 April 21  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time  
 April 21  1 - 2 p.m.  Earth Day Celebration!
 Fish Print Totes
Design your own re-usable tote bag using Gyotaku fish printing!  
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us
 April 28  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time

  

     MAY
 Date                 Time                Program                   Notes
 May 5  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time  
 May 5      1 - 3 p.m.   Creature Feature   
 May 6  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 May 12  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 May 12  11 a.m. - Noon  Storybook Saturday PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us
 May 12  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature  
 
 
 May 13
 
 
 1 - 2 p.m.

 
Beach Mamas - Horseshoe Crab Wonders

Did you know a female horseshoe crab can lay up to 80,000 eggs in one season? This beach mama means business! For this special Mother's Day program we'll discover all kinds of cool facts about female horseshoe crabs and will learn how to tell the difference between males and females. 
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us.
 
 May 19
 
 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival
Family fun for all ages! Click HERE to learn more. 
 May 20  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 
 
 May 23
 
 
 Noon - 1 p.m.
 
 
 Lunch & Learn 
 Lecture Series

TOPIC: Prehistoric Wonders - Learn about horseshoe crabs in the Delaware Bay, their ecological importance and how they help humans. See some live horseshoe crabs and other specimens up close!
SPEAKER: Glenn Gauvrey, Ecological Research & Development Group
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us.  

 May 26  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 May 26  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 May 27  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature

  

     JUNE
 Date                 Time                Program                   Notes
 June 2  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time  
 June 2      1 - 3 p.m.   Creature Feature   
 June 3  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature

 
 

June 6

 
 

Noon - 1 p.m.

 
 

Lunch & Learn 
 Lecture Series

 
TOPIC: Delaware Bay Shorebirds- Learn about the migratory shorebirds that visit the Delaware Bay each spring and summer and discover why they're here, where they come from and where they're going. After the presentation, join staff and biologists on the DNC deck to view shorebirds in the Mispillion Harbor!
SPEAKER: Audrey DeRose-Wilson, Shorebird Biologist, Division of Fish & Wildlife
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us.
 June 9  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 June 9  11 a.m. - Noon  Storybook Saturday  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us
 June 9  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature  
 June 10  1  - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 
 June 16

 
10 a.m. - Noon

 
 Family Fish-n-Fun Day
Through hands on fishing activities, participants will learn about saltwater fishing, fish anatomy, knot tying and casting. This program meets at the Slaughter Beach Pavilion (behind the fire house) at 359 Bay Avenue, Milford DE 19963. This is a family friendly event!
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Space is limited! To pre-register call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us
 June 16  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 June 16  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 
 
 June 17
 
 
 1 - 2 p.m.

 
Daddy Day Care - Amazing Seahorses

Did you know the male seahorse gives birth to seahorse babies - not the female? These dads get the full fatherhood experience! For this special Father's Day program we'll discover all kinds of cool facts about seahorses and will learn how seahorse dads really do it all! 
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us.
 
 June 20
 
 Noon - 1 p.m.
  
 Lunch & Learn 
 Lecture Series
TOPIC: Delaware's Shad Restoration - Due to dwindling population numbers, restoration efforts are underway along the entire east coast for American and hickory shad. Learn about Delaware's shad and find out how the First State is doing its part in restoring this important species.
SPEAKER: Johnny Moore, Fisheries Biologist, Division of Fish & Wildlife
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us.
 June 23  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 June 23  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 June 24  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 June 30  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time  
 June 30  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature

  

     JULY
 Date                 Time                Program                   Notes
 July 1  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 
 
 July 4
 

 Noon - 1 p.m.
 
 Lunch & Learn for
 Families!

TOPIC: One Fish, Two Fish, Red, White & Blue Fish! - Learn about fish colors and patterns and create a red, white and blue fish print on a bandana!
SPEAKER: Wyatt Olivarez, Environmental Educator, DuPont Nature Center
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Space and supplies are limited! To pre-register call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us

 July 7  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 July 7      1 - 3 p.m.   Creature Feature   
 July 8  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 July 14  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 July 14  11 a.m. - Noon  Storybook Saturday  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us
 July 14  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature  
 July 15  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 
 July 18
 
 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
 
 Lunch & Learn 
 Lecture Series
 
TOPIC: Fish Hawks-The Amazing Osprey - Did you know ospreys are the only raptor in North America that feed almost exclusively on live fish? Learn about why ospreys spend time along the Delaware Bay shoreline and what they need to survive.
SPEAKER: Jasmine Sun, Environmental Educator, DuPont Nature Center
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us.
 July 21  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 July 21  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature  
 July 22  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 July 28  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 July 28  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 

 July 29
 

 10 a.m. - Noon
 

 Family Fish-n-Fun Day
Through hands on fishing activities, participants will learn about saltwater fishing, fish anatomy, knot tying and casting. This program meets at the Slaughter Beach Pavilion (behind the fire house) at 359 Bay Avenue, Milford DE 19963. This is a family friendly event!   
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Space is limited! To pre-register call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us
 July 29   1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature

 
     AUGUST
 Date                 Time                Program                   Notes
 
  August 1
 
Noon - 1 p.m.
 
 Lunch & Learn
 Lecture Series!


TOPIC: Artificial Reefs - Did you know a railway car can create shelter for a fish? Learn about Delaware's Artificial Reef Program and how it impacts habitat and aquatic species in the Delaware Bay.
SPEAKER: Jeff Tinsman, Fisheries Biologist, Division of Fish & Wildlife
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us.

 August 4  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 August 4      1 - 3 p.m.   Creature Feature   
 August 5  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 August 11  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 August 11  11 a.m. - Noon  Storybook Saturday  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us
 August 11  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature  
 August 12  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 
 August 15
 
 Noon - 1 p.m.
 
 Lunch & Learn 
 Lecture Series
TOPIC: Marsh and Beach Plants of the Delaware Bay - Did you know that the marsh mallow plant commonly found in Delaware marshes is edible and was historically used in traditional herbal medicines? Discover some of the unique plant species found along the Delaware Bay shorelines and marshes. After the presentation, join our botanist on a brief walk to see what's growing around the Mispillion Harbor!
SPEAKER: Bill McAvoy, Botanist, Division of Fish & Wildlife
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us.
 August 18  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 August 18  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature  
 August 19  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 August 25  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 August 25  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 August 26  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 
 
 
     SEPTEMBER
 Date                 Time                Program                   Notes
 September 1  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 September 1     1 - 3 p.m.   Creature Feature   
 
 September 5
 
 Noon - 1 p.m.
 
 Lunch & Learn 
 Lecture Series
TOPIC: Living Shorelines- Living shorelines provide natural stability and erosion protection for our fragile coastal ecosystems. Learn about living shorelines in Delaware, then after the presentation, explore DNC's living shoreline with a biologist!
SPEAKER: Josh Moody, Biologist, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us.
 September 8  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 September 8  11 a.m. - Noon  Storybook Saturday  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us
 September 8  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature  
 September 15  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 September 15  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 
 September 19
 
 Noon - 1 p.m.
  
 Lunch & Learn 
 Lecture Series
TOPIC: Plastic Pollution - Did you know that plastic impacts aquatic animals ranging from the smallest zooplankton to the largest whales? Join us to discuss the plastic pollution problem, understand common scenarios, and learn about innovative solutions to this growing issue.
SPEAKER: Laurel Sullivan, Environmental Educator, DuPont Nature Center
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED: Call 302-422-1329 or email
lynne.pusey@state.de.us
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 September 22  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 September 22  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 September 29  10:30 a.m.  Feeding Time
 September 29  1 - 3 p.m.  Creature Feature
 

 

 
"Friendly staff and great educational programs offered." - Camden, Del. 

"We love to come to the DuPont Nature Center. The center is wonderful for children." - Syracuse, N.Y.

  

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