Ashland Nature Center
Operated by the Delaware Nature Society, the Ashland Nature Center offers four self-guiding trails that wind through 600 acres of meadow, marsh, pond and forest. The Center also features a Native Plant Garden, a variety of Habitat Exhibits, and a Children's Discovery Corner. Educational murals depict changes in the landscape over the past four centuries. And with a 5,000 volume natural history library, the Center is an invaluable resource for students.
The Butterfly House, open from June through September, displays an array of live butterflies in different stages of development -- egg, caterpillar and adult -- along with their food and host plants. The Nature Store offers a variety of instructional and gift items for children and adults at very reasonable prices.
Throughout the year Ashland Nature Center hosts numerous activities, programs and field trips conducted by the Delaware Nature Society. Many programs are conducted outdoors, especially during the warmer months, and include activities from nature hikes and bird watching to sea-kayaking in Rehoboth Bay. Programs are offered for all age groups, from the youngest toddlers through adult. Some children's programs that do not require parent participation are conducted concurrently with adult programs, so everyone can have something fun, exciting and educational to do.
During the summer children can enjoy overnight and week-long programs and away trips. Interested parents should note that many of these programs fill up far in advance. Make your plans early! A fee is charged for programs. Call for a calendar and details.
The Delaware Nature Society is a membership organization. Members can take advantage of special members-only programs, some of which are conducted at the Society's limited access preserves:
In addition to having access to members-only programs, members receive a discount on general public programs.
Animals grades pre-k - 6
Birds grades k - 3
Insects grades 4 - 12
Springs & Streams grades 6 - 12
Reading the Forest grades 6 - 8
Nature Photography grades 4 - 12
Other programs cover topics from animals to plants to ecology and history, including the life of the Lenape Indian. Overnight programs are available and a Nature Society naturalist can visit the classroom to deliver any of a number of programs as part of the Society's Winter Outreach. Teachers should call for program pricing and details. And call early!
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