Adults' educational series and clubs

Adult nature programs at Delaware Nature Society allow you to pursue your interest in nature in-depth through program series with hands-on experiences, lectures, and field trips.  Programs are taught by experts in their field.

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Become a Habitat Steward

Become a Habitat Steward volunteer and help others create Certified Wildlife Habitats.

Mentors in the community, Habitat Stewards assist friends and neighbors with the creation and restoration of landscapes that are both wildlife-friendly and good for the environment. Native wildlife, citizens of the community, and neighboring communities all feel the rewards of these efforts.

What you do as a Habitat Steward

Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies on Milkweed

Work with neighbors and groups to create and certify wildlife habitats

As volunteers for Delaware Nature Society, Habitat Stewards help their neighbors, local schools, communities, businesses, and places of worship to attain Certified Wildlife Habitat® certification. This process may include recommending appropriate native plants, teaching wildlife-friendly practices, and helping others improve their gardening skills.

Participate in other habitat projects and events

As a Habitat Steward you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with local schools to create Certified Wildlife Schoolyards
  • Promote gardening for wildlife to homeowners and the general public at local events
  • Help your community become a Certified Habitat Community
  • Provide guidance and recommendations for other habitat garden projects
  • Share your expertise and help train others to become Habitat Stewards

Have Fun!

Habitat Stewards visit local habitat gardens, enjoy Habitat Stewards-only speakers and events, and participate in regular activities! Have fun and make new friends!

How to become a Habitat Steward

Complete our 24-hour training course, offered once a year at Ashland Nature Center and every other year at Abbotts Mill Nature Center. This fun course is a combination of talks, walks, garden visits, exercises and homework. Topics covered include relationships between plants and wildlife, features of exceptional habitats, site analysis for plant selection, and great native plants for gardens. Each student receives a resource notebook full of helpful information related to gardening for wildlife.

If you have a strong interest in gardening for wildlife and a willingness to help others you'll be a great fit for the Habitat Steward team! Previous gardening experience and plant knowledge is helpful but not required to become a Habitat Steward.

Upcoming courses listed below when available.

Call (302) 239-2334 to register.

Session Series: June through September, 1 pm - 5 p

Learn how to help others create wildlife habitat gardens. Topics include site analysis, plant selection, design for happy critters and neighbors, and wildlife-friendly gardening practices. Four afternoons, one Saturday and one evening. Course includes garden visits and a resource notebook. Some homework required for NWF certification.

Class #1: Wednesday June 13: Ashland, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #2: Wednesday June 27, Ashland, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #3: Wednesday July 11 DEEC, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #4: Saturday July 21 rain date July 28, Newark - a Certified Habitat Community, 9:00am-4:00pm
Class #5: Wednesday August 15, Ashland, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Graduation, garden tour & potluck dinner: Wed Sep 12, TBD, 6:00pm - 8:30 pm

Members: $75, Others: $95
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707

06/13/2018 - 09/12/2018
1:00PM - 5:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Animals, Birding, Botany, Conservation, Insects, Series

Questions? Want us to notify you about future trainings?

Northern Delaware
Lori Athey
Habitat Outreach Coordinator
Ashland Nature Center

302.239.2334 ext: 142
Southern Delaware
Alice Mohrman
Education Coordinator
Abbott's Mill Nature Center

302.422.0847 ext: 100