Outdoor Learning in and Around Delaware

Take a walk on the wild(life) side this spring!

Spring is finally here! It’s time to kick those snow boots to the back of the closet, slather on the sunblock and head into the great outdoors for some… learning? It’s true! For kids, learning in “the outdoor classroom” makes the wonders of natural science truly come alive.

Here are a few ways that kids (and parents, too!) can enjoy all that nature has to offer, learn something new and explore Delaware at the same time:

Longwood Gardens

Of course, world-famous Longwood Gardens offers the perfect chance for parents to stroll through stunning, manicured flower beds and wonder at the architectural grandeur of the Conservatory. But, children will appreciate a romp through the new wildflower meadow filled with songbirds, searching for catfish along the banks of the pond, or climbing to new heights (with resident squirrels) in one of several fantastical tree houses located on the property.

Seaside Nature Center, Cape Henlopen State Park

At the Seaside Nature Center, kids can marvel at tanks filled with local fish; brave a touch tank complete with marine invertebrates, snakes and turtles; or spy on local ospreys and their young with the Center’s Osprey Cam. This is the perfect place to learn about the many different creatures who make Cape Henlopen State Park their home.

Ashland Nature Center

From deep woods to fragrant meadows to marshes teaming with wildlife, the 130 acres of unspoiled land at the Ashland Nature Center are sure to delight kids of all ages. For the fearless, there’s a collection of reptiles and amphibians. Or visit the Butterfly House to get a close-up look at some of nature’s most beautiful creations.

Other suggestions include Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center or Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. And whichever trip you take, remember to go wild!

Beverly Stewart, MEd, is President and Director of Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., an area leader in 1-on-1 tutoring and test prep for children and adults, and translating/interpreting since 1985. In addition, Back to Basics is a Department of Education–approved 1-on-1 Private School for K-12, as well as a Business and Trade School for ages 16+. E-mail Beverly at beverly@backtobasicslearning.com, call her at 302-594-0754 or visit on the Web at Backtobasicslearning.com or Backtobasicsprivateschool.com.

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