DuPont Nature Center closed for winter, reopening April 1, 2016


DNC Map - for webSLAUGHTER BEACH – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve has closed for the winter, and will reopen Friday, April 1, 2016 for the spring and summer seasons. The center is owned and operated by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The DuPont Nature Center closes during the winter months when there is less public use of the center, which makes better use of the limited federal Sport Fish Restoration Funds which help the center operate. Cost savings from the winter closure supports aquatic education programs during spring and summer when public programs and visitation are in most demand.

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 & Wildlife’s Fisheries research, monitoring and management programs.

Perched 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. A Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, the 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

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