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Free and low-cost nature fun for families in the Delaware area


Local arboretums, nature centers and parks in the Delaware area offer free and low-cost family programming in the spring. Check out some of the fun ways to explore nature in your area.

Delaware Nature Society

The Delaware Nature Society operates multiple nature facilities that are open to the public for exploration & picnics, as well as other sites that offer varying activities and grounds to explore during special programs. See below for details.

Abott’s Mill Nature Center, Milford

This center is open to the public for hiking, wildlife observation and programs on canoeing, survival skills & agricultural history (featuring the center’s historical working mill).

Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin

Four self-guided nature trails through meadows, woodlands & marshes are open to the public year-round. Nature programs are available for all ages, and the center’s Butterfly House opens in June. 

Perks & Rec
Many county parks offer free and low-cost nature programs for children and adults. Visit the Parks & Recreation section of your county’s website. Check the state’s park website for additional nature programs.

Buena Vista Conference & Reception Center, New Castle

Visit this site for special programs, including birding, night hikes & daytime exploration.

Coverdale Farm Preserve, Greenville

Visit this site during special events to see the 18th-century barn, pastures & rolling countryside, where families can learn about farming, livestock, the origins of food, organic gardening & composting.

DuPont Environmental Education Center, Wilmington

This open-to-the-public center near the edge of the Christina River offers many water-related nature programs through indoor & outdoor exhibits and a boardwalk that extends into a marsh. Admission is free, as are many special programs.

Kids learn about bees at the DCH

The Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington

On May 10, head to the center’s gardens & greenhouse in celebration of National Public Gardens Day, for free demonstrations & tours. The center celebrates “Discover the DCH Week” May 13-23 with planting & gardening activities. On May 18, explore the Urban Farm in a workshop where participants plant seeds & help tend to the garden.

University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, Newark

Take a self-guided tour through the gardens to see seasonal sweeps of color in the Landscape Color Trial Garden, home-gardening ideas in the South Greenhouse Garden and plants that attract caterpillars & butterflies in the Native Garden. Admission is free

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