The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers information and programs for hunters, anglers, bird-watchers, campers, bikers, hikers, swimmers and people who like to lie on their backs in the grass and gaze up at the clouds.
DNREC manages various types of public lands to provide outdoor recreation opportunities. The agency helps protect clean water and habitat for fish and other aquatic creatures. DNREC staff help manage wildlife and fisheries enjoyed by hunters, anglers, birders and others.
Delaware’s many state parks, wildlife areas, reserves, and outdoor educational centers offer beaches, woods, waters, trails, events, camping and cabins and more. Delawareans enjoy boating and hiking, bicycling, bird-watching and many other activities.
Read up on what’s out there in Delaware’s Outdoor Delaware magazine
Find parks, natural areas, trails and more with the Play Outside app from Delaware State Parks
Take advantage of one of the many Delaware Wildlife Areas
Find information about the Delaware Conservation Access Pass
Get answers to some of the most-asked questions about plant life in Delaware from the Flora of Delaware database (University of Delaware)
Become an outdoors-woman with the Delaware’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program
Find opportunities for Children in Nature
The DNREC Wildlife Section manages nearly 50,000 acres of Delaware land, habitat for a multitude of wild plants, animals, insects and rare species of all kinds. Much of this land, and many acres of private land, provide hunting over a number of seasons. More information is found in the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.
Learn about the Conservation Access Pass
Delaware features a wide variety of fishing opportunities for every angler, from the Delaware River and Bay, to the ocean, to the dozens of ponds, streams, and tidal creeks. The weekly Delaware Fishing Report is one of the most popular web pages on the DNREC web site. The Delaware Fishing Guide provides more information on the 22 fishing and boating sites providing access to vast populations of striped bass, summer flounder and black drum, as well as 11 artificial reef sites.