Accountability and transparency

Financial Statements, 2012
Public Disclosure 990, 2012
DNS Records Retention and Destruction Policy

Policies for members, donors, volunteers, and all website visitors

We respect the privacy of our members, donors, volunteers, and others who support the mission of the Delaware Nature Society by visiting our web site and telling others about it.

General browsing information

If you visit our site to read or download information, we may collect and store general information in order to analyze trends, gather broad demographic information, and monitor site traffic patterns that can help us further develop and improve the design and usefulness of our site. Your computer’s IP address, browser type, and operating system, the date and time you access our site, the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site, and the various pages that you visit while on our site.

Personally Identifiable Information

We will explicitly notify you before we collect any personally identifiable information about you (e.g.: your name, email address, contact information, credit card number, etc.) and will not collect any information unless you choose to provide it to us. This information may be shared within our organization for the purposes of responding to any comments or questions you submit and/or providing follow-up information about our organization. In addition, the Delaware Nature Society does not sell, trade or share information about its members, donors, and volunteers without the special permission/decision of the Board of Directors. From time to time we may share this information with other organizations that our Board deems to be of interest/benefit to you.

Other security measures

We want to provide our members and supporters with a secure experience whether they are ordering memberships, making a donation, or purchasing nature education merchandise. Our technical security measures include using a service that provides industry standard encryption ot secure the transfer of data between your browser and our server. Although we will use all reasonable means to safeguard the privacy of your personal information, transmissions made via the Internet cannot be made absolutely secure.

Online forms

When our forms ask users to enter sensitive information such as credit card number, that information is encrypted and is protected with the best standard method in the industry. We maintain records of all contributions to the Delaware Nature Society. Personal information is private and confidential and is stored in a secure location accessible only by authorized staff.

Policies for all programs


Your privacy is important to us. Therefore, we will keep your email address and phone number strictly confidential. Periodically, we may share your name and mailing address with our family of business partners to market their services to you. If you prefer us not to share this information, you must notify us in writing. Outside of our family of business partners, we will not share your name or address with anyone.

Weather and Program Attire

Programs are conducted rain, snow or shine. Dress for the forecasted weather conditions and wear clothing to keep comfortable and dry. Boots or old gym shoes are recommended. In the event of hazardous or severe weather, Delaware Nature Society may cancel the program and every attempt will be made to reschedule the trip. If this is not possible, a full refund will be made.

Youth Protection

The Delaware Nature Society places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for its youth participants and guests (under age 18). To maintain such an environment, we have adopted the following policy for staff, volunteers and long-term contractors:
View the Delaware Nature Society Yout Protection Policy (PDF) »
Individuals participating in a program and/or renting a Delnature facility, the following applies to you, please read:
View the Delaware Nature Society Youth Protection Requirements (PDF) (»


Delaware Nature Society reserves the right to use any pictures of program participants to promote our programs unless otherwise notified in writing by parents.

Group Program policies


Read policies for all programs above.

Refunds and Cancellations

If your group cancels or participant numbers are reduced within 30 days of the program, fees are not refunded.

Summer Camp policies


Read policies for all programs above.

Refunds and Cancellations

Requests for withdrawal 15 business days or more prior to the scheduled camp start date will be honored. Refunds for withdrawal less than 15 business days prior to the start date will be issued only if the slot is filled. A $35 administrative fee will be withheld for each camp withdrawal regardless of withdrawal date.

CSA policies

By registering online, I have read and agree to the following: I understand as a Delaware Nature Society (DNS) CSA member that the variety of produce I receive depends on growing conditions that vary from season to season. CSA members share in the inherent risks (poor weather, drought, disease, early frost, crop failure, etc.) and rewards (the bounty from a good season) involved in farming. DNS plans for such contingencies and uses growing techniques that protect the harvest, minimize risk to members and optimize the rewards, such as growing a wide variety of crops that thrive in different conditions, cover cropping, crop rotation and irrigation. I also understand that my share will not be saved if I do not pick it up on the scheduled day. By participating in this CSA, I am supporting local agriculture as well as a healthier society.


Photo Contest policies


Photos are evaluated based on both technical skill and artistic ability. Winning photos are those that show the photographer’s skill in composing an image and using a camera. Some of the factors the judges consider when choosing photos include use of light, depth of field, sharpness of focus, color balance, composition, framing, camera angle, originality, choice of subject matter, and the amount of patience (or luck!) required to get a shot.

Terms of Use

Your email will be used only to verify the validity of the content/images provided and to notify you if you are selected as a winner of the photo contest. You will not be emailed about anything other than the Images you submitted.

License and Indemnification

I hereby grant to Delaware Nature Society a royalty-free, perpetual license to use the photographic images submitted herewith (the “Work”) for any purpose whatsoever. Uses may include, but are not limited to, promotion of Licensees in any way, including on the web, in print publications, as distributed to the media, and in commercial products. Licensees reserve the right to use/not use any Work as deemed appropriate by Licensees in their sole discretion. No Work will be returned once submitted.

I understand that by checking this online form, I hereby acknowledge that Licensees shall bear no responsibility whatsoever for protecting my work against third party infringement of my copyright interest or other intellectual property rights or other rights I may hold in such Work, and in no way shall be responsible for any losses I may suffer as a result of any such infringement; and I hereby represent and warrant that my Work does not infringe the rights of any other individual or entity.

In exchange for valuable consideration, I do hereby unconditionally release, hold harmless and indemnify Licensees, their directors, officers, members, employees and volunteers of and from all claims, liabilities and losses arising out of or in connection with my participation in the contest, Licensees’ use of my Work. This release and indemnification shall be binding upon me, and my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns.