Ashland Nature Center serves as Delaware Nature Society's headquarters with 130 acres of woods, meadows, marsh, the Red Clay Creek, and many trails to explore. The site is open to the public year-round, features educational programs, a picnic area, Visitor Center, Hawk Watch, Butterfly House, Bird Banding station, Bird Blind, Hummingbird Haven garden, two Lenni Lenape longhouses, and an overnight lodge for school and public groups.Support Ashland Nature Center »

 

Autumn is awesome at Ashland

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Drop by for FREE* programs every week

Make us a part of your weekly plans - come by for free programs each week. No registration needed, just drop on by!
* Non-members pay a small entry fee - see "Locations, hours, and fees" below for details.

Wild & Wonderful Weekends

Saturdays & Sundays (Apr – Nov)
8:30 am – 4:30 pm: Naturalist on duty
10 am & 2 pm: Naturalist-led nature programs
Our Naturalist is on duty all day and guides FREE nature programs. (Entry fee is in effect for Non-members) Discover what is hopping, flying, and crawling; hike our 4 miles of trails; try Geocaching; pack a picnic and enjoy the view on Hawk Watch Hill.

If you come to Hawk Watch Hill 9 am – 4 pm (open daily through Nov), you can see our Hawk Watch in action!

Come on Mondays 8 am – 11 am, Apr – Nov and you'll see our Bird Banding in action!

Weekly Birding Experiences

Hawk Watch

Daily, 9 am - 4 pm (Sep – Nov)
Details below.

Ashland Bird Banding

Mondays, 8 am – 11 am (Apr – Nov)
Details below.

Bucktoe Bird Banding

Wednesdays, 8 am – 11 am (Apr – Nov)
Details below. Get directions »

Bird Walks at Bucktoe

Sundays, 8 am - 11 am (Sep – Nov)
Details below. Get directions »

Location, hours & fees

Address
3511 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE
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Phone: 302.239.2334

Entry fee
Members: FREE
Non-members: child (age 2+) $3 / adult $5

Trails hours
Open daily: dawn to dusk

Visitor Center building hours
Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Apr – Nov)
Closed on some holidays

All FREE programs at Ashland Nature Center

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Mondays, April - November, 8 - 11 am

In June 2015, Delaware Nature Society began a Bird Banding project through November to compare the use of two early-successional areas, one at Ashland Nature Center and one at Bucktoe Creek Preserve, by migrating and breeding species of birds.

Members: Free, Others: Trail Entry Fee
04/03/2017 - 11/27/2017
at: Ashland
age: Family
Birding, Free, Visitation
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Wednesdays, April - November, 8 - 11 am

In June 2015, Delaware Nature Society began a Bird Banding project through November to compare the use of two early-successional areas, one at Ashland Nature Center and one at Bucktoe Creek Preserve, by migrating and breeding species of birds. Sponsored by a private donor.

04/05/2017 - 11/29/2017
at: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
age: Family
Birding, Free, Visitation
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Daily, 9 am - 4 pm, September 1 - Nov 30

Visit the 10th annual Ashland Hawk Watch to scan the skies for migratory hawks, eagles, falcons, and many other birds. Better yet, join our volunteer team to help record data and look for birds on the move! Led by our Hawk Watch Coordinator and Hawk Watch Volunteers

Members; FREE, Others: $5 Adult, $3 Child
Meets at Ashland Nature Center, Hawk Watch Hill 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (302) 239-2334

No Pre-Registration required. Just show up!
09/01/2017 - 11/30/2017
at: Ashland
age: Teen-Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation
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Sundays, 8 - 11 am (Sept - Nov)

Take a guided walk around the Bucktoe Creek Preserve to enjoy the diverse birdlife of this private 300-acre nature preserve near Kennett Square, PA. This program is sponsored by a private donor. Led by Bucktoe Creek Preserve Birding Team

Meets at Bucktoe Creek Preserve 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311

No pre-registration required, just show up!
09/03/2017 - 11/26/2017
at: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
age: Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation
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