DuPont Nature Center To Close For Winter

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Photo courtesy of http://www.dupontnaturecenter.org.
Photo courtesy of http://www.dupontnaturecenter.org.

Staff Report

On October 31, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced that, due to budgetary considerations, the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve will close for the winter from Friday, November 1 through Friday, February 28, reopening Saturday, March 1. The center is owned and operated by the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

“With minimal public use and programming at the DuPont Nature Center during the winter, we decided that closing during these slowest months would be the best business decision. We feel it’s also the right choice to best serve the majority of visitors to the center,” said Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis.

Located on the edge of Mispillion Harbor at the intersection of the mouths of the Mispillion River and Cedar Creek, the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve offers a variety of interactive exhibits, school tours and educational programs. In the spring, its location offers wildlife watchers a front-row seat for the spring spectacle of spawning horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds including the red knot that depend on horseshoe crab eggs to help fuel their 9,000-mile journey.

“Beginning in March, the Division of Fish and Wildlife will provide full support for the center’s operations and programming during the busy 2014 spring and summer seasons,” Director Saveikis added.

The decision for seasonal closure of the center was made due to a reduction in available federal Sport Fish Restoration Funds, which help support maintenance, operations, staffing and programs at the Aquatic Resources Education Center near Smyrna and the DuPont Nature Center. Federal Sport Fish Restoration Funds also support construction and maintenance of public boat ramps and fishing piers throughout the state, as well as a variety of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries research and monitoring programs.

A Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife facility, the DuPont Nature Center is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the DuPont Nature Center and its programs, please call 302-422-1329 or visit www.dupontnaturecenter.org.