DuPont Environmental Education Center

Located along the Christina River and on the edge of the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) is where the city, river, and marsh meet. The refuge is 212 acres of freshwater tidal marsh adjoining the Christina River and is home to many birds such as American Bald Eagles, Virginia Rails, Belted Kingfishers, Wood Ducks and a wide variety of other nesting and migrating species.  Also, American beaver, river otter, and Eastern Painted Turtles can be observed in the river and tidal pool.  In summer, several kinds of colorful dragonflies swoop over the marsh in search of small insect prey. DEEC is open to the public year-round and features a Visitor Center with panoramic river and marsh views, a 10-acre ornamental garden, a quarter-mile handicap-accessible pond loop extending into the marsh, and trailhead access to the newly completed 7-mile long Markell bike/hike trail from Wilmington to New Castle. DEEC is also a member of the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River. As an Alliance member, we work collectively with other education centers in the Alliance to increase appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of our Delaware River watershed. DEEC serves the local community through the RENEW program.

Learn about job and volunteering opportunities. Check out our videos and photo gallery.

Discover how we carefully manage this land for biodiversity and water.

DuPont Environmental Education Center is a partnership with the Riverfront Development Corporation.

Address

1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE 19801

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Visitor Center Hours

Mon CLOSED

Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Closed Nov 24, Dec 24 – 25, Jan 1


Pond Loop and Gardens Hours

Open dawn to dusk

Trail Maps

Pond Loop Visual Tour Markell Trail Video Tour Pond Loop Audio Tour

Activities

View Activities Calendar Drop-in Activities School Programs Scout & Group Programs

Entry Fees

Members:

FREE

Nonmembers:

FREE

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Amenities

  • Accessible Trails

  • Drop-in Programs

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    Hiking

  • Pet Friendly (leashed) Icon

    Pet Friendly (leashed)

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    Restrooms

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    Scenic Views