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Middle Run Natural Area

Discover this beautiful county-owned park that Delaware Nature Society manages to benefit biodiversity. Our Middle Run Reforestation Project is a volunteer-driven effort that improves the quality of the watershed through the planting of more than 50,000 trees and shrubs since 1991.

The Middle Run Birding Trail is a carefully-managed showcase for the reforestation project and is the premier location in Delaware for viewing migrant songbirds – particularly in Fall migration.

At this Middle Run Pond Complex view wetland wildlife like herons, egrets, ducks, and geese. An active Beaver dam creates a unique flooded thicket hosting diverse aquatic plants and animals.

Visit Middle Run Natural Area

How to visit

Open to the public, dawn to dusk


10 miles of biking and hiking trails
860 acres of rolling hills and streams
Adjoins White Clay Creek State Park

Wildlife and Plant Diversity

During our 2017 BioBlitz we found

  • 88 species of birds including 20 warbler species
  • 100 insects were ID'd to the family level
    - its a bird smorgasbord!
  • 50 different species of plants - many were native which benefits native birds and wildlife


39°42'53.15"N 75°43'50.89"W
Possum Hollow Road, Newark, DE 19711
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Tuesdays, April 3 thru May 29, 8 - 10 am

Join a guided walk at this top birding hotspot. Songbirds concentrate here to feast on the food provided by native vegetation planted through our 25-year reforestation project. Meets at the end of Middle Run driveway off of Possum Hollow Road. Sponsored by New Castle County. Led by Middle Run Birding Team

Meets at Middle Run Natural Area. No Pre-Registration required. Just show up!
04/03/2018 - 05/29/2018
8:00AM - 10:00AM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation
Explore the world of birds at Middle Run Natural Area. Help Tri-State Bird Rescue volunteers take care of baby birds, photograph baby birds in bird boxes, and monitor nesting birds along the Middle Run Birding Trail. Meet unique birds like tree swallows, indigo buntings, and Eastern bluebirds. Create nest boxes, feeders, and treats for the birds. Directions to Middle Run will be provided. Led by Dawn Coughlan

Monday - Friday, June 18 - 22, 8:45 am - 3:15 pm
Members:$335, Others $395
Camp Location: Middle Run Natural Area, Newark. Directions will be sent. (302) 239-2334

Extended care not available for this camp
06/18/2018 - 06/22/2018
8:45AM - 3:15PM
at: Ashland
age: 9-12

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