Located on the edge of the 212-acre Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) is the city’s most unique and natural place where the city, river, and marsh meet. The site is open to the public year-round and features educational programs and a pond loop that extends into the marsh.Support DuPont Environmental Education Center »

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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!

Weekly programs

Lunch with Live Animals

Saturdays, Noon - 12:30 pm
Details below.

Meet Marsh Animals

Saturdays & Sundays, 1 pm – 1:45 pm
Details below.

Netting in the Marsh

Saturdays & Sundays, 2 pm – 2:45 pm
(Coming in April, this program will run Tuesdays – Sundays)
Details below.

Daily FREE Self-Guided Fun

  • Pack a picnic lunch, and relax in the 10-acre public park.
  • Stroll the flower garden path and birdwatch for eagles, ducks, turtles and other wildlife on the pond loop.
  • Enjoy amazing views of the marsh and city of Wilmington when you visit the 4-story nature center - and learn with our exhibits.
  • Explore nature with our discovery cart - find a new nature topic every month.

Location, hours & fees

Address
1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE
Get driving directions »

Phone: 302.656.1490

Entry fee: FREE

Pond Loop and Garden hours
Open daily from dawn to dusk

Visitor Center building hours
Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10 am – 3 pm
Sundays: Noon – 4 pm
Closed on Mondays and Nov 24,
Dec 24 – 25, and Jan 1

All FREE programs at DuPont Environmental Education Center

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Saturdays, 12 -12:30 pm, Apr through Oct

Come get up close and personal with our live animal collection! Help feed our black snakes, turtles and toads.

Cost: Free
Meeting Location: DuPont Environmental Education Center 1400 Delmarva Lane Wilmington, DE 19801

No pre-registration required. Just show up!
04/01/2017 - 10/31/2017
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Family
Animals, Conservation, Free
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Saturdays and Sundays: 1 - 1:45 pm (Apr through Oct)

Meet live animals from our collection including a painted turtle and tree frog, the take a walk to look for more.

Cost: Free
Meeting Location: DuPont Environmental Education Center 1400 Delmarva Lane Wilmington, DE 19801

No pre-registration required. Just show up!
04/01/2017 - 10/31/2017
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Family
Animals, Free, Natural History, Lenape, New
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Tuesdays through Sundays: 2 - 2:45 pm, Apr through Oct

Explore the marsh using nets to see how many critters and insects you can catch and identify.

Cost: Free
Meeting Location: DuPont Environmental Education Center 1400 Delmarva Lane Wilmington, DE 19801

No pre-registration required. Just show up!
04/01/2017 - 10/31/2017
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Family
Animals, Water Activities, Free
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Saturday, April 8, 10 am - 1 pm

Let’s hunt geocaches on the Riverfront! Meet at DEEC to make a family trail name and learn to use the map, GPS device, and mobile app. Then hit the Riverwalk. Bring a bag lunch or grab Drop Squad Kitchen take-out. Led by DNS Staff

Meets at DuPont Environmental Education Center, 1400 Delmarva Lane Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 656-1490 <br><br>No pre-registration required - just stop in during the event.
04/08/2017 - 04/08/2017
10:00AM - 1:00PM
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Family 5+
Free
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Saturday, April 23, 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Event is free and open to the public. No registration required
Experiment with ballast and learn about thrusters while test-driving our unmanned submersible in the marsh pond. Study how submersibles can be used in conservation, and build your own take-home submarine using an upcycled water bottle.* This activity is part of an Earth Day Celebration, from noon to 4pm, where you can meet live animals, take guided nature walks, make a craft and try your hand at netting minnows and little critters in the pond! Bring your family and learn about how our daily decisions impact the environment and wildlife. For more information call 302-656-1490. Longwood Community Read partners

Presented by: Delaware Nature Society DuPont Environmental Education Center

Meets at DuPont Environmental Education Center, 1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 656-1490
04/23/2017 - 04/23/2017
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Family
Free, Animals
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Saturday, April 29, 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate Spring by meeting live animals, taking guided nature walks, making a craft and trying your hand at netting minnows and little critters in the pond! Bring your family and learn about how our daily decisions impact the environment and wildlife. Led by DNS Staff.

Free for everyone.
Meets at DuPont Environmental Education Center, 1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 656-1490

No pre-registration required. Just show up!
04/29/2017 - 04/29/2017
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Family
Free, Animals
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