Nature Education Centers

Abbott's Mill Nature Center

This facility, operated by the Delaware Nature Society, features a historic gristmill and trails through pine mills. There is an educational complex that offers programs and a boat ramp available on Abbott's Mill Pond. Located on Abbotts Pond Road, Route 620, Milford. For more information, call 302.422.0847 or visit www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Bethany Beach Nature Center

Inside the nature center, visitors can explore interactive exhibits, including “Our Inland Bays…A Delicate Balance,” which allows visitors to ‘virtually’ explore the Inland Bays watershed from the headwater streams, through the maritime forests, across the salt marshes to the bays using a state-of-the-art presentation called an I-Wall. Outside, visitors can make a similar exploration through forest and marsh along a handicap-accessible boardwalk with has been built to lead you through each habitat with educational signage to keep you informed along the way. The 26-acre conservation area includes three acres of forested uplands, nine acres of freshwater wetlands, and fourteen acres of tidal wetlands. Read more here...

DuPont Nature Center

This center offers one of the best viewing areas for spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds during the peak season. Visitors can learn about horseshoe crabs, migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, and the Delaware Estuary. Interior exhibition includes history on Slaughter Beach and the famed Mispillion Lighthouse, educational information on horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, waterfowl and plant life of the Salt Marsh. A live-cam will allow the public an up close and personal view of shorebirds feeding and horseshoe crabs spawning during peak times. Located just outside Milford on the Mispillion River and Delaware Bay. For more information, call 302.422.1329 or visit http://de.gov/dnc

Seaside Nature Center

This staffed nature center offers year-round environmental education programs and recreational activities for all ages. Marine aquariums and displays intorduces visitors to ocean creatures face-to-face. An auditorium for audio-visual programs and a gift shop complete the attractions at this popular facility. Located at Cape Henlopen State Park. Fore more information, call 302.645.6852 or visit www.destateparks.com

University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment

Learn all about the ocean and the special creatures that live there at the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment in Lewes. Free tours are available on Fridays during the summer. It also hosts Coast Day, a celebration of local marine ecology that takes place annually in the fall. For more information, call 302.831.8083 or visit www.ocean.udel.edu