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The DuPont Nature Center is located in the beautiful Mispillion Harbor, where the Mispillion River and Cedar Creek meet and flow out into the Delaware Bay. It is a science-based educational and interpretive facility with interactive exhibits designed to connect people with the Delaware Bay’s natural history and ecology.
The Nature Center is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays in April and September and Tuesday through Sunday from May through August, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Nature Center is closed October through March.
Located where Mispillion River and Cedar Creek meet at the Delaware Bay, the Nature Center rises from a unique, vibrant area that combines human activity in Mispillion Harbor, the diverse life of a tidal marsh, and the expanse of the Bay.
The surrounding estuary habitat includes more than 130 species of birds, fish, shellfish, and other animals.
Inside the Center, visitors can view nesting ospreys on the live osprey cam and can use the live, interactive Mispillion Harbor Nature Cam to check out the horseshoe crabs and shorebirds along the shoreline across the harbor.
Aquariums feature live horseshoe crabs, fish, shellfish and terrapins.
The DuPont Nature Center offers field trips, tours and other educational opportunities for schools and families.
Field trip opportunities for schools and youth organizations are offered from April through September. The Nature Center’s “Life at the Edge” field trip program is geared toward children from pre-school ages through 5th grade. It focuses on horseshoe crabs, shorebirds and the Delaware Estuary with an option for a beach exploration component that takes place at nearby Slaughter Beach. Other programs/topics may be conducted upon request.
Structured tours of the Nature Center also are offered from April through September. Visitors will learn about horseshoe crabs, shorebirds and the Delaware Bayshore region as they are guided through the Nature Center’s exhibits.
To schedule a field trip or tour, contact Lynne Pusey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-422-1329.
The DuPont Nature Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers help staff the center and interact with the public, maintain aquariums and live aquatic species, assist with educational programs and help with facility maintenance.
For more information or to volunteer, please call 302-422-1329.