Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Spanning 313 acres, this site is home to hiking trails, a 19th-century gristmill, a pond, and meadows. The visitor center has live fish, frogs, turtles, snakes, a touch tank, and taxidermy displays of waterfowl and small mammals. Study how rain impacts soil and plants in the display garden, or schedule a private tour of the mill for a history lesson and to see how farming shapes the land. Educational programs offer groups hands-on opportunities to explore nature and to develop their interpretive skills – make trail discoveries on a guided hike, seine ponds, learn basic bird watching skills, and more.

contact info

Hrs: Vary; Visitor Center: Mon.–Fri: 9AM-4PM, Sat.-Sun.: 12PM-4PM (Apr.-Nov.), Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk.

School

School groups can enjoy nature trails, a preserved gristmill, a pond, meadows, an animal collection, and educational programs. The Visitor Center features live animals from Delaware’s natural habitats and a demonstration garden with a native plant display. School programs can be requested for field trips. For example, The Mill And Machines program can be requested, through which students can explore Abbott's Mill and discover how water makes energy for humans; they can even experience forces firsthand and use simple machines to understand how the Mill works.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Animals, Birds, Ecology, Environmental science, Gardening, Marine life, Plants, Technology.

contact info
Name: Alice Mohrman
Phone: 302-422-0847, ext. 100
Email: alice@delawarenaturesociety.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies; 12 min., 50 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2. Registration: Online, Phone, Email, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee, Free Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD (there is a wheelchair accessible boardwalk trail; it is one out of 8 trails).

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

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Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Spanning 313 acres, this site is home to hiking trails, a 19th-century gristmill, a pond, and meadows. The visitor center has live fish, frogs, turtles, snakes, a touch tank, and taxidermy displays of waterfowl and small mammals. Study how rain impacts soil and plants in the display garden, or schedule a private tour of the mill for a history lesson and to see how farming shapes the land. Educational programs offer groups hands-on opportunities to explore nature and to develop their interpretive skills – make trail discoveries on a guided hike, seine ponds, learn basic bird watching skills, and more.

contact info

Hrs: Vary; Visitor Center: Mon.–Fri: 9AM-4PM, Sat.-Sun.: 12PM-4PM (Apr.-Nov.), Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk.

Scouts

Scout troops can enjoy the Visitor Center, trails, and weekend programs. Naturalist Weekend Programs allow scout groups to explore nature through hands-on activities such as pond seining, crafts, guided hikes, and spontaneous trail discoveries. Scout groups can also schedule private mill tours or take a guided tour of historic Abbott's Mill and learn about its unique history. An overnight program includes a night hike, campsite with campfire, morning walk, and choices of one evening presentation and one daytime field study. Programs support Hiking and Nature scout merit badges.

supports scout badges in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Animals, Birds, Ecology, Environmental science, Gardening, Marine life, Plants, Technology.

contact info
Name: Alice Mohrman
Phone: 302-422-0847, ext. 100
Email: alice@delawarenaturesociety.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies; 12 min., 50 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2. Registration: Online, Phone, Email, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee, Free Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD (there is a wheelchair accessible boardwalk trail; it is one out of 8 trails).

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

View Lesson Plan>>

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Spanning 313 acres, this site is home to hiking trails, a 19th-century gristmill, a pond, and meadows. The visitor center has live fish, frogs, turtles, snakes, a touch tank, and taxidermy displays of waterfowl and small mammals. Study how rain impacts soil and plants in the display garden, or schedule a private tour of the mill for a history lesson and to see how farming shapes the land. Educational programs offer groups hands-on opportunities to explore nature and to develop their interpretive skills – make trail discoveries on a guided hike, seine ponds, learn basic bird watching skills, and more.

contact info

Hrs: Vary; Visitor Center: Mon.–Fri: 9AM-4PM, Sat.-Sun.: 12PM-4PM (Apr.-Nov.), Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk.

Camp

At the Visitor Center, campers can see live animals, including fish, frogs, and reptiles from Delaware’s natural habitats, and a demonstration garden with a native plant display. Campers can also explore three miles of trails along Abbott’s Pond. School programs can be requested for camp field trips. For example, The Mill And Machines program can be requested, through which students can explore Abbott's Mill and discover how water makes energy for humans; they can even experience forces firsthand and use simple machines to understand how the Mill works.

topics covered:
Animals, Birds, Ecology, Environmental science, Gardening, Marine life, Plants, Technology.

contact info
Name: Alice Mohrman
Phone: 302-422-0847, ext. 100
Email: alice@delawarenaturesociety.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies; 12 min., 50 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2. Registration: Online, Phone, Email, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available Cost: Fee, Free Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD (there is a wheelchair accessible boardwalk trail; it is one out of 8 trails).

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

View Lesson Plan>>

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Spanning 313 acres, this site is home to hiking trails, a 19th-century gristmill, a pond, and meadows. The visitor center has live fish, frogs, turtles, snakes, a touch tank, and taxidermy displays of waterfowl and small mammals. Study how rain impacts soil and plants in the display garden, or schedule a private tour of the mill for a history lesson and to see how farming shapes the land. Educational programs offer groups hands-on opportunities to explore nature and to develop their interpretive skills – make trail discoveries on a guided hike, seine ponds, learn basic bird watching skills, and more.

contact info

Hrs: Vary; Visitor Center: Mon.–Fri: 9AM-4PM, Sat.-Sun.: 12PM-4PM (Apr.-Nov.), Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk.

Homeschool

Homeschool groups can enjoy the trails and Visitor Center. The Center features live animals, including fish, frogs, and reptiles from Delaware’s natural habitats, and a demonstration garden with a native plant display. School programs can be requested for homeschool group field trips. For example, The Mill And Machines program can be requested, through which students can explore Abbott's Mill and discover how water makes energy for humans; they can even experience forces firsthand and use simple machines to understand how the Mill works.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Animals, Birds, Ecology, Environmental science, Gardening, Marine life, Plants, Technology.

contact info
Name: Alice Mohrman
Phone: 302-422-0847, ext. 100
Email: alice@delawarenaturesociety.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies; 12 min., 50 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 12:2. Registration: Online, Phone, Email, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee, Free Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD (there is a wheelchair accessible boardwalk trail; it is one out of 8 trails).

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

View Lesson Plan>>

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