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Delaware Nature Society Announces New Executive Director Jennifer Adkins


Jennifer Adkins Will Lead the Organization Effective May 16, 2022

Jennifer Adkins To Be Delaware Nature Society's New Executive Director by Jim WhiteDelaware Nature Society (DelNature), connecting people with nature since 1964, is pleased to announce Jennifer Adkins will be the organization’s next executive director beginning on May 16, 2022.

A non-profit executive in the environmental field for more than fifteen years, Adkins will bring a commitment to developing and sustaining strong relationships between natural places and the people who love and depend on them.

“There is nothing more crucial to the long-term success of our work than people who care about the future of the environment,” Adkins says. “Whether we are cleaning up a river, protecting a forest, or advocating for a policy to reduce pollution, lasting change depends on people. I want us to be imaginative and inclusive in how we reach out ─ to engage, and involve them.”

Most recently, Adkins served as director of Clean Water Supply at American Rivers, and previously as executive director of Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. She has worked with DelNature staff on the Clean Water for Delaware campaign and the lower Christina and Brandywine Rivers Remediation, Restoration and Resilience (CBR4) plan. Adkins has an extensive background in natural resources conservation, including field work, land and water protection, environmental advocacy, land trust administration, and has held several leadership positions in science-based organizations.

Adkins has a B.S. in economics and an M.P.A. in environmental and energy policy from the University of Delaware. She is a member of the Christina Conservancy Board of Directors, the Urban Bike Project Board of Directors, and the Delaware Sierra Club’s Environmental Justice Committee. She is also an appointee to the New Castle County Open Space Advisory Board, the Delaware Clean Water Infrastructure Advisory Committee, and the City of Wilmington Planning Commission. She has had articles published in professional journals and newsletters and in 2012 was recognized as a “Women in Business” leader by Delaware Today.  A longtime supporter and member of Delaware Nature Society, Adkins received the Water Warrior Award in 2016 for her leadership in the Clean Water Campaign and regional coalitions.

DelNature President Eric Brinsfield says, “After an extensive national search by Kittleman and Associates, DelNature Board of Directors is pleased to announce Jennifer Adkins accepted our offer and will be our next executive director. I would like to thank our search committee for their time and commitment and members of the leadership team who have supported this important transition. Jen is no stranger to DelNature and our important environmental initiatives here in Delaware and the mid-Atlantic region. She will be an enthusiastic and strategic leader for the organization.”

For more information, please contact Joanne McGeoch, or call 302.239.2334 ext 1103.

About DelNature

DelNature’s mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all.

Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for educational programming, conservation, and advocacy, providing the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.            

DelNature manages over 2,000 acres of land statewide, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: : Ashland Nature CenterAbbott’s Mill Nature CenterDuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.

Organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on: working and natural lands, healthy waters, and protecting habitats and wildlife.

Currently, thousands of members and over 1,000 volunteers assist core staff and interns to support DelNature’s mission and help our year-round educational programs, conservation, and advocacy efforts continue to improve and grow.

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