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Delaware Nature Society envisions a healthy and sustainable environment.


Delaware Nature Society connects people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy and conservation.

About us

Founded in 1964, Delaware Nature Society works to improve the environment through conservation, advocacy, and education. We are state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation and are renowned for our educational programming and advocacy which provides the tools for communities to take action and protect the environment through land preservation and watershed stewardship.

Delaware Nature Society manages over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center and Coverdale Farm Preserve.

Currently, thousands of members support this important work and over 1,000 volunteers assist our core staff and interns so that the year-round programs continue to improve and grow.

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Legislative Hall Certified as Wildlife Habitat & County Executive Meyer Signs Native Plant E.O. at Native Plant Sale Opening

May 8, 2018

On Tuesday, May 1, in another first for The First State, Legislative Hall in Dover became the first State Capitol to become a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Certified Wildlife Habitat (CWH)... Read more »

Red Clay Valley Close to Becoming an NWF Certified Community Wildlife Habitat™

May 1, 2018

In the Fall of 2016, a group of residents partnered with Delaware Nature Society, Wild Birds Unlimited – Hockessin, National Wildlife Federation, Mt Cuba Center, and Auburn Heights Preserve of Delaware State Parks to begin the process of certifying the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway (Red Clay Valley) as an NWF (National Wildlife Federation) Community Wildlife Habitat...Read more »

Delaware Nature Society Supports Bill to Fix Ethanol Mandate

March 8, 2018

Delaware Nature Society calls on the U.S. Congress to support bills introduced today in the House and Senate to fix the federal ethanol mandate that has led to widespread habitat loss and water pollution, jeopardizing the health of people and wildlife…Read more »