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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Upcoming activities for all ages

We have programs for adults, kids, and families with our talented, safety-certified teacher naturalists. Discover the nature of Wilmington's Riverfront!
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Discover a wildlife escape in your city!

The nature center

FREE and open to the public year-round featuring a 10-acre ornamental garden, a quarter-mile pond loop through a freshwater, tidal marsh and a four-story environmental center with panoramic views. Come to one of our free programs »

The wildlife refuge

We are located on the Wilmington Riverfront in Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is 212 acres of tidal marsh adjoining the Christina River and is home to Bald Eagles, beavers, dragonflies, turtles, butterflies, wild rice, hibiscus, and other plants and wildlife.

Join our fun educational experiences

We offer safe, fun and educational outdoor experiences for all ages and offer programs for schools and programs for groups such as teachers, community and recreation centers, faith-based groups, scouts, and professional organizations. We provide a wide variety of free programs, and we work to improve the health of the environment and community.

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Pond Loop and Garden hours

Open daily from dawn to dusk

Visitor Center hours

Tuesdays – Saturdays: 11 am – 5 pm
Sundays: Noon – 4 pm
Closed on Mondays and Nov 24, Dec 24 – 25, Jan 1

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DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE 19801
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