Scout/Group Onsite Program Topics

Abbott’s Ashland Coverdale DEEC | See also Outreach Topics


Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Abbott’s Mill Historic Grist Mill Tour (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $5 — Available: Year-round — Step back in time with a guided visit through Abbott’s Mill. The mill encompasses more than 200 years of Southern Delaware history. See the giant mill stones and roller mills. Visit the mill pond and stream and discover the ingenious mechanical systems that powered the mill through its unique history. Hear stories about life at the mill. Request this program »

Animals In Winter (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $5 — Available: Year-round — Who hibernates? Who stays awake? Who goes south where it is warm? Find out the answers to these questions with live specimens, taxidermy and a story. Request this program »

Around The Pond (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $5 — Available: Year-round –Discover what makes the Abbott’s Pond interesting and important. Learn to identify plants and animals that belong to the pond habitat. Seine and dip in the mud bottom of the pond to catch incredible aquatic creatures. Request this program »

Canoeing On Abbott’s Pond (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Learn to use the canoe and then take your new skills out on Abbott’s Pond. While paddling along, learn about the ecology of the pond. Request this program »

Insect Safari (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $5 — Available: Year-round — Use your senses to seek out and identify insect characteristics and compare their life cycles. Using nets, collect and observe insects found in meadows, forests and streams, and examine the insects you find to see how they are adapted to their environment. This program focuses on insect parts, function, and types of metamorphosis. Request this program »

Native Americans (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $5 — Available: Year-round — Explore the culture of the early inhabitants of Delmarva. Follow a day in the life of the coastal plain Native Americans and discover how they lived in harmony with the world around them. Request this program »

Native Wild Animals (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $5 — Available: Year-round –Inspect mounted and live wild animals that make their home in the Delmarva region, including the rarely seen gray fox and otter. Closely examine the habitats and characteristics of these mammals, noting similarities and differences. Request this program »

Owls Of Delaware (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $5 — Available: Year-round –Learn about four species of owls common to Delaware. Examine their adaptations and calls using mounted specimens and tape recordings. Optional: dissect owl pellets, $1/person extra. Request this program »

Reptiles & Amphibians (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $5 — Available: Year-round — With live specimens, examine the differences between reptiles and amphibians. Learn the significance of their unique adaptations and their differing life cycles. Request this program »


Ashland Nature Center

Bats Of America (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round –Learn about these often misunderstood mammals while examining mounted specimens, viewing slides, and participating in activities. Use a bat detector to listen for echolocation calls and visit a bat house. Request this program »

Birds Of A Feather (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Using taxidermy, feathers, nests and other resources, learn about the unique characteristics of birds. Then hike through meadows, marshes and forests to observe birds in their habitats. Request this program »

Butterfly Foray (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: June – September — Visit Ashland Nature Center’s summer Butterfly Habitat House and discover butterflies during all stages of their life cycle. Then, venture into nearby meadows and marshes with nets to learn techniques for capture, identification and release. Request this program »

Deep In The Forest (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Life in a forest exists from just below the ground all the way to the crowns of trees. Discover the ecology of two forest types and learn how to identify common native trees. Request this program »

Eco-Hike (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Explore three different ecosystems to determine what makes each unique and how the varied plant and animal life interacts. Request this program »

Geology (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Everything on earth has a cycle–even the rocks! Discover how this slow change affects what’s beneath your feet and above your head. Learn how to identify some basic rocks while using hammers and safety goggles to collect samples. Request this program »

Lenape Lifeways (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Learn how Lenni Lenape depended on the natural world for their sources of food, clothing, shelter and tools. Hike to a replica wigwam and examine artifacts used by these true Delaware natives. Request this program »

Marsh Magic (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — While visiting Ashland’s marshes, use your eyes and ears to find frogs, turtles, birds and insects. Learn why wetlands are so full of life and are important to humans and wildlife. Request this program »

Native Wild Animals (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Enjoy a close encounter with some of Delaware’s wild inhabitants. Learn about camouflage and other adaptations that protect them. Discover why many animals, once common to Delaware, are now threatened. Request this program »

New To Nature (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — This highly flexible program will introduce participants to the natural world. Float sticks down a stream, hear frogs in the marsh, splash through a mud puddle, come face-to-face with a butterfly…you never know what you might find during this hour of exploration and discovery! Request this program »

Pond Life (Ashland)
Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Find out exactly what defines a pond and discover its unique ecology and diversity of life. Collect and identify plants and animals found at Ashland’s pond and experience its diversity of life. Request this program »

Scales & Skins (Ashland)
Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Meet live reptiles and amphibians while learning about their unique traits and discover what they have in common. Request this program »

Stream Life (Ashland)
Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Learn how to gauge the health of a stream by the kinds of creatures that live in it. As we collect samples from two different streams, identify the organisms and compare findings. Request this program »

Unhuggables (Ashland)
Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Spiders, bats, snakes and lizards–all animals that make many people shudder. Learn about the remarkable role these less popular animals play in the balance of nature and explore their wondrous adaptations. Request this program »

Weavers & Wings (Ashland)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Hike through Ashland’s meadows, woods and marsh to capture and study up close a variety of fascinating native spiders and insects that share our world. Learn about their life cycles and importance in the food chain. Request this program »


Coverdale Farm Preserve

“Sow What” Locavore Adventure (Coverdale)
— Program Length: 6.5 hours — Fee: $35 — Available: Spring – Fall — Discover why eating as a “locavore” is an important and delicious step toward a healthy diet, helping the environment, and supporting local farms. Get ready for a tasty tour as you connect to a local farm within your food network. Dig deep to investigate the farming practices of Coverdale Farm Preserve including soil management, animal husbandry and vegetable production. Explore soil health and its importance to our food systems, lend a hand with daily farm animal chores and harvest seasonal vegetables. Work together in our teaching kitchen to create a “farm to table” dish certain to make everyone a Locavore! Bring a water bottle and light lunch. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes. All materials and ingredients are included. Participants will be awarded their “Locavore” badge at the end of the program. Minimum: 10 participants, Maximum: 15 participants. Request this program »

Animal Husbandry (Coverdale)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round Step into the boots of a Coverdale farmer! Caring for a farm is hard work, but it’s a lot of fun too! Lend a hand weighing grain and feeding our sheep. You’ll gather eggs from our chickens and throw hay to our cows. Explore how all of the animals at the farm work together and discover what it takes to keep them both happy and healthy. Come dressed for the weather and a day at the farm. Request this program »

Farm Life (Coverdale)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: June – August — Take a summer-time journey through Coverdale Farm Preserve to discover the animals and plants that live and grow there. Have fun connecting with the farm life cycles through hands-on activities and discover the seasonal highlights of our idyllic farm. Request this program »

From Garden To Gourmet (Coverdale)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $20 — Available: May-October — Unearth what it takes for farmers to grow our fruits and vegetables! Roll up your sleeves and dig into our gardens to help plant or harvest that seasons produce. After, we will head into our professional kitchen to cook up a fantastic recipe that highlights the local, seasonal ingredients that we gathered. Take home the recipe and teach others how delicious it is to eat locally! All materials included. Minimum 10 participants; maximum 15 participants. Request this program »

New Cuisines (Coverdale)
— Program Length: 6 hours — Fee: $35 — Available: Year-round — Journey to Coverdale Farm and take a trip with your taste buds! Prepare culinary creations from across different times and distances. In our kitchen, we will create four recipes exploring cuisines from other regions, counties and time periods. Along the way, we will discover the cultural importance of each dish and why certain ingredients are used in particular regions. Once our creations are ready we will all sit down and enjoy a tasty culinary tour! Request this program »

What’s for Snack? (Coverdale)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $20 — Available: Year-round — Are your favorite snacks fuel or foe for your body? Coverdale Farm Preserve is the perfect place to discover how to power your body for peak performance. We will work together to whip up savory, sweet, energy boosting and “slurpable” snacks. Shop the farm for key ingredients and transform the super foods you harvest into healthy, wholesome culinary creations. Explore alternative sources of sugar, protein, fiber and fats to make each recipe both delicious and nutritious. Request this program »

How does your Garden Grow? (Coverdale)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $12 — Available: March-September — Put yourself in the shoes of a vegetable farmer at Delaware Nature Society’s Coverdale Farm Preserve! Sow seeds of success by investigating small-scale and production-scale garden design. Identify key needs of plants and learn which plants grow best in our region. Dig into healthy soil to discover the life it supports and the important role it plays in plant growth. End your gardening adventure with your own “ready to plant” garden design, a potted seed and a green thumb to make your garden grow! Request this program »


DuPont Environmental Education Center

DEEC At A Glance Tour (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1/2 hour — Fee: $3.5 — Available: Year-round –Discover the DuPont Environmental Education Center, the Delaware Nature Society, and the many unique features of the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. Following the tour, explore the site on your own with a more careful eye! Request this program »

Exploring By Canoe (DEEC)
— Program Length: 3 hours — Fee: $20 — Available: Year-round — Take your group or class on an adventure as you canoe the Christina River and the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, a freshwater tidal marsh on the edge of the city of Wilmington. They are home to a tremendous diversity of wildlife. Learn basic paddling skills, hike along the shore to survey plant and animal life, and discover the functions and importance of wetlands. Canoes, paddles and life preservers included in cost, no canoeing experience required. Program meeting site to be determined with staff. Request this program »

Fantastic Fish (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Meet the many fish of the Christina River and the marsh. Watch as fish are caught in a spinning cast net, reel in fish traps, and use dip nets to try your luck. Examine the features of a variety of fish to learn what they eat and how they live. Request this program »

Geocaching (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round –Experience a modern day treasure hunt along the Christina River! Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking a cache of riches using a global positioning system. After a GPS tutorial, awaken your inner treasure hunter and find a series of geocaches hidden along Wilmington’s Riverwalk. Request this program »

Letterboxing (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $9 — Available: Year-round –Letterboxing is a unique combination of a treasure hunt, navigation, artistic expression and outdoor exploration. Learn more about this international activity while making your own personal stamp and letterboxing log. Then, try your navigation skills to find a series of letterboxes hidden at DEEC. Request this program »

Marsh Amphibians (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Spring only — Explore the marsh for amphibians; frogs, toads and salamanders! Listen to the frogs’ chorus, use nets to catch live amphibians and view them up close, and find eggs and tadpoles in the pond. Spring Only. Request this program »

Marsh Insects (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Hunt for insects found in the air, land and water at DEEC. Collect and observe insects up close, learn insect anatomy, assemble a marsh food web puzzle, and discover some of the important jobs insects have in nature. Request this program »

Marsh Mammals (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Hunt for animal tracks and other evidence that the furry residents of the marsh leave behind. Learn how they survive in the marsh and touch real animal furs. Use clues to identify which animals are using the pond when no one is looking! Request this program »

Marshy Adventures (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Explore the biodiversity of a marsh habitat in this outdoor adventure! Look for marsh residents in the air, on land, in the soil, and in the water. Examine plants and animals closely using nets and magnifiers. Learn about marsh food chains, the water cycle, and why the Christina River is so important to Northern Delaware. Request this program »

Nature Journaling (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Use digital cameras, draw pictures, and record your observations as you hike through the marsh ecosystem of the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. Identify plants and animals typically found in the marsh, learn about minimum impact hiking, and make a record of your experiences in a nature journal of your own to take home. Request this program »

Nature Photography (DEEC)
— Program Length: 2 hours — Fee: $9 — Available: Year-round — Capture the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge through the lens of a digital camera. Learn photography skills and how to compose outstanding photos where the city, river and marsh meet. Print and decorate a frame for your favorite photo. Request this program »

Walk On The Wild Side: A DEEC Exploration Tour (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Listen to the history of the marsh, see plants currently in bloom, and look for animals that are active in the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. Bring binoculars or share ours to catch glimpses of great blue herons, bald eagles, and much, much more from our boardwalk and building! Request this program »

What’s In The Water? (DEEC)
— Program Length: 1.5 hours — Fee: $7 — Available: Year-round — Head out to the marsh and explore what’s in the water! Use nets to catch animals in the pond and bring them into the lab to examine with magnifying lenses and microscopes. Discover how the animals and plants in the marsh depend on each other and construct your own marsh and pond food chain to take home. Request this program »