Seaside Nature Center

Take your group to the Seaside Nature Center to learn about the different habitats and creatures that exist within the scenic Cape Henlopen State Park. The Center contains five 1,000-gallon tanks with local fish, a touch tank with marine invertebrates, and exhibits about different aquatic habitats. Watch a local pair of ospreys hatch and raise their young on the Live Osprey Cam. The Center can help you plan an environmental nature program including guided nature walks and birding trips, where groups listen for animal calls, look for footprints, and search for other signs of animals.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

School

Students can view exhibits of the park’s natural habitats, a touch tank, and a live osprey-watch camera. A “Wet & Wild Animals” program (grades K-2) lets students meet live aquatic animals, handle real props, and create an aquatic animal to discover the adaptations these creatures have for their habitats. The “Crabby Crustaceans” program (grades K – 3) teaches the difference between true crabs and horseshoe crabs, and “Creatures of the Coast” (grades 4-8) teaches how coastal animals interact with their marine environment.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Ecology, Marine life, Plants, Science.

contact info
Name: Richard Julian
Phone: 302-645-6852
Email: richard.julian@state.de.us

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min., 30 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies, 1-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1. Registration: Phone, Email, Fax. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee, Free Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

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Seaside Nature Center

Take your group to the Seaside Nature Center to learn about the different habitats and creatures that exist within the scenic Cape Henlopen State Park. The Center contains five 1,000-gallon tanks with local fish, a touch tank with marine invertebrates, and exhibits about different aquatic habitats. Watch a local pair of ospreys hatch and raise their young on the Live Osprey Cam. The Center can help you plan an environmental nature program including guided nature walks and birding trips, where groups listen for animal calls, look for footprints, and search for other signs of animals.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Scouts

Scout troops can meet ocean creatures face to face through the Seaside Nature Center’s marine aquariums and displays. A 495-gallon, two-level touch tank provides groups with a hands-on experience, allowing scouts to touch and watch sting rays, horseshoe crabs, and other species in the tank while they’re underwater. Scout groups can also view exhibits of the park’s habitats and natural history, live reptiles such as snakes and turtles, a live osprey-watch camera, and they can take advantage of the educational programs offered to school groups!

supports scout badges in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Ecology, Marine life, Plants, Science.

contact info
Name: Richard Julian
Phone: 302-645-6852
Email: richard.julian@state.de.us

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min., 30 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies, 1-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1. Registration: Phone, Email, Fax. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee, Free Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

View Lesson Plan>>

Seaside Nature Center

Take your group to the Seaside Nature Center to learn about the different habitats and creatures that exist within the scenic Cape Henlopen State Park. The Center contains five 1,000-gallon tanks with local fish, a touch tank with marine invertebrates, and exhibits about different aquatic habitats. Watch a local pair of ospreys hatch and raise their young on the Live Osprey Cam. The Center can help you plan an environmental nature program including guided nature walks and birding trips, where groups listen for animal calls, look for footprints, and search for other signs of animals.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Camp

Summer campers can encounter exhibits of the park’s natural habitats and natural history, live reptiles such as snakes and turtles, a touch tank, and a live osprey-watch camera. The Center has school programs that can be adapted for campers during the summer, such as “Wet & Wild Animals” (grades K – 2) in which campers meet live aquatic animals, handle real props, and create an aquatic animal in order to discover the amazing adaptations these creatures have to live in their water habitats.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Ecology, Marine life, Plants, Science.

contact info
Name: Richard Julian
Phone: 302-645-6852
Email: richard.julian@state.de.us

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min., 30 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies, 1-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1. Registration: Phone, Email, Fax. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee, Free Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

View Lesson Plan>>

Seaside Nature Center

Take your group to the Seaside Nature Center to learn about the different habitats and creatures that exist within the scenic Cape Henlopen State Park. The Center contains five 1,000-gallon tanks with local fish, a touch tank with marine invertebrates, and exhibits about different aquatic habitats. Watch a local pair of ospreys hatch and raise their young on the Live Osprey Cam. The Center can help you plan an environmental nature program including guided nature walks and birding trips, where groups listen for animal calls, look for footprints, and search for other signs of animals.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Homeschool

Homeschool groups can view exhibits of the park’s natural habitats, a touch tank, and a live osprey-watch camera. A “Wet & Wild Animals” program (grades K-2) lets homeschool student groups meet live aquatic animals, handle real props, and create an aquatic animal to discover the adaptations these creatures have for their habitats. The “Crabby Crustaceans” program (grades K – 3) teaches the difference between true crabs and horseshoe crabs, and “Creatures of the Coast” (grades 4-8) teaches how coastal animals interact with their marine environment.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Ecology, Marine life, Plants, Science.

contact info
Name: Richard Julian
Phone: 302-645-6852
Email: richard.julian@state.de.us

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min., 30 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies, 1-2 hours.  Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 4-6:1. Registration: Phone, Email, Fax. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee, Free Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

View Lesson Plan>>

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