Wednesday, December 30, 2009

DuPont Environmental Education Center

The DuPont Environmental Education Center is located on tbe 212-acre Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington, Delaware. The four-story building along the Christina River overlooks a man-made marsh and is the latest addition to Wilmington's Riverfront.

The Center has a sprawling tree sculpture and “hobbit” house, waterfall and botanical gardens. Across an arching pedestrian bridge and walkway is the 13,000-square-foot, four-story education center, which features interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, a marsh wet lab, and a multi-purpose space with sweeping views of river, marsh and city. Visitors can venture into the refuge on a quarter-mile boardwalk that surrounds a tidal pond, where education stations extend into the water for hands-on activities. The boardwalk also features seating areas and observation decks overlooking the Christina River.

The Delaware Nature Society (DNS) operates educational programs on site for children and adults as well as school and community groups. Participants in both free and low-cost programs presented by DNS will have an opportunity to experience the marsh wetland, using binoculars, dip nets, and microscopes. (Wash Post, 12/30/09, Photo Credit: Nancy Trejos)

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