DuPont Nature Center

DNREC’s 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.

Contact Us

Lynne Pusey
DuPont Nature Center
2992 Lighthouse Rd.
Milford, DE 19963

Public Programs

The 2022 Season

The DuPont Nature Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on select days from April through September.

May: Open Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays

June through August: Open Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sundays and Mondays

September: Open Wednesdays and Saturdays

A Unique Location

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, aquariums feature live horseshoe crabs, fish, shellfish and terrapins.

Visitors can view nesting ospreys on the Osprey Camera and use the Harbor Camera to check out the horseshoe crabs and shorebirds along the shoreline.

Both cameras are supported by funding from the DuPont Clear into the Future grant program.

Educational Opportunities

Upcoming Public Programs

August 20, 2022, 10:30 am -- Feeding Time at the DuPont Nature Center

August 20, 2022, 2:00 pm -- Seining the Bay at Slaughter Beach

August 23, 2022, 10:30 am -- Feeding Time at the DuPont Nature Center

August 25, 2022, 10:30 am -- Feeding Time at the DuPont Nature Center

Find all Programs

The DuPont Nature Center offers field trips, tours and other educational opportunities for schools and families.

The Nature Center offers a variety of public programs for families, groups and the public. Programs are scheduled throughout the summer season and can be requested for smaller groups.

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.

Nature Center staff have created a set of self-guided programs for families or groups to print out and do on their own. They are great activities for a day at a Delaware Bay beach.

To schedule a field trip or tour, contact Lynne Pusey at or 302-422-1329.

Become a Volunteer

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.