Ashland Nature Center

Ashland Nature Center has 130 acres of woods, meadows, marshes, trails, and the Red Clay Creek. It is home to dozens of bird species and types of plants and trees, and even two Lenni Lenape longhouses to explore. The center has a Butterfly House, and a program where groups can take nets into the nearby meadows and marshes to capture, identify, and release butterflies. Ashland has four distinct hiking trails, which encompass floodplains, meadows, shrub areas, fields, and forests. An overnight lodge, with kitchen area and science labs, is available for extended group trips.

contact info

Hrs: Visitor Center: Mon.-Fri. 8:30AM-4:30PM (year-round), Sat.-Sun. 8:30AM-4:30PM (Apr.-Nov.). Grounds: Dawn to dusk.

School

Ashland Nature Center has four themed trails through which students can investigate Native American culture, learn about forest ecology, discover the purpose of floodplains, and behold the process of ecological succession. School programs can be requested for field trips. In the Lenape Lifeways program—one of several programs school groups can choose from—students hike to a replica wigwam, examine artifacts used by Lenni Lenape, and learn how these Delaware natives depended on the natural world to meet their needs.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

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

contact info
Name: Annalie Mallon
Phone: 302-239-2334, ext. 120
Email: annalie@delnature.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies; 10 min., 60 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1 Registration: Online, Phone, Email, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: If you are doing a program, the Ashland Nature Center can transport to program locations via vehicle; however, there is limited access to the natural areas with a wheelchair. If you are visiting on your own, most trails are not handicap accessible.

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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Ashland Nature Center

Ashland Nature Center has 130 acres of woods, meadows, marshes, trails, and the Red Clay Creek. It is home to dozens of bird species and types of plants and trees, and even two Lenni Lenape longhouses to explore. The center has a Butterfly House, and a program where groups can take nets into the nearby meadows and marshes to capture, identify, and release butterflies. Ashland has four distinct hiking trails, which encompass floodplains, meadows, shrub areas, fields, and forests. An overnight lodge, with kitchen area and science labs, is available for extended group trips.

contact info

Hrs: Visitor Center: Mon.-Fri. 8:30AM-4:30PM (year-round), Sat.-Sun. 8:30AM-4:30PM (Apr.-Nov.). Grounds: Dawn to dusk.

Scouts

On weekends, the Center offers naturalist-led nature programs where scouts can hike, view wildlife, and try geocaching. School programs can be requested for scout troops. In the Geology program, scouts can work toward earning their Geology badge as they learn basic rock identification and use hammers to collect samples. Scout groups can request the Deep in the Forest program for their Forestry badges, or the Birds of a Feather program to earn Bird Study merit badges. An overnight program at Ashland’s Nature Lodge includes a campsite with comfortable amenities, hiking, and programs that support Hiking and Nature scout badges.

supports scout badges in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Animals, Bird Study, Ecology, Environmental science, Forestry, Geology, Hiking, Marine life, Plants.

contact info
Name: Annalie Mallon
Phone: 302-239-2334, ext. 120
Email: annalie@delnature.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies; 10 min., 60 max. (70 max. for overnights). Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies; 2-3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: If you are doing a program, the Ashland Nature Center can transport to program locations via vehicle; however, there is limited access to the natural areas with a wheelchair. If you are visiting on your own, most trails are not handicap accessible.

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>>

Ashland Nature Center

Ashland Nature Center has 130 acres of woods, meadows, marshes, trails, and the Red Clay Creek. It is home to dozens of bird species and types of plants and trees, and even two Lenni Lenape longhouses to explore. The center has a Butterfly House, and a program where groups can take nets into the nearby meadows and marshes to capture, identify, and release butterflies. Ashland has four distinct hiking trails, which encompass floodplains, meadows, shrub areas, fields, and forests. An overnight lodge, with kitchen area and science labs, is available for extended group trips.

contact info

Hrs: Visitor Center: Mon.-Fri. 8:30AM-4:30PM (year-round), Sat.-Sun. 8:30AM-4:30PM (Apr.-Nov.). Grounds: Dawn to dusk.

Camp

Summer camp groups can request school programs, such as the Deep in the Forest program—one of several programs camp groups can choose from—to discover the ecology of two types of forests, or the Birds of a Feather program to learn about the distinctive features of birds through taxidermy, nests, and other resources. In the Geology program, campers can learn basic rock identification and use hammers to collect samples. Campers can also hike and view wildlife through self-guided tours.

topics covered:
Animals, Bird Study, Ecology, Environmental science, Forestry, Geology, Hiking, Marine life, Plants.

contact info
Name: Annalie Mallon
Phone: 302-239-2334, ext. 120
Email: annalie@delnature.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies; 10 min., 60 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: If you are doing a program, the Ashland Nature Center can transport to program locations via vehicle; however, there is limited access to the natural areas with a wheelchair. If you are visiting on your own, most trails are not handicap accessible.

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>>

Ashland Nature Center

Ashland Nature Center has 130 acres of woods, meadows, marshes, trails, and the Red Clay Creek. It is home to dozens of bird species and types of plants and trees, and even two Lenni Lenape longhouses to explore. The center has a Butterfly House, and a program where groups can take nets into the nearby meadows and marshes to capture, identify, and release butterflies. Ashland has four distinct hiking trails, which encompass floodplains, meadows, shrub areas, fields, and forests. An overnight lodge, with kitchen area and science labs, is available for extended group trips.

contact info

Hrs: Visitor Center: Mon.-Fri. 8:30AM-4:30PM (year-round), Sat.-Sun. 8:30AM-4:30PM (Apr.-Nov.). Grounds: Dawn to dusk.

Homeschool

Ashland Nature Center has four themed trails through which homeschool student groups can investigate Native American culture, learn about forest ecology, discover the purpose of floodplains, and behold the process of ecological succession. School programs can be requested for homeschool group field trips. In the Lenape Lifeways program—one of several programs homeschool groups can choose from—students hike to a replica wigwam, examine artifacts used by Lenni Lenape, and learn how these Delaware natives depended on the natural world to meet their needs.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

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

contact info
Name: Annalie Mallon
Phone: 302-239-2334, ext. 120
Email: annalie@delnature.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies; 10 min., 60 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6-10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: If you are doing a program, the Ashland Nature Center can transport to program locations via vehicle; however, there is limited access to the natural areas with a wheelchair. If you are visiting on your own, most trails are not handicap accessible.

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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