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Ashland Nature Center

3511 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239 – 2334
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Hockessin
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Ashland Nature Center serves as the Delaware Nature Society’s headquarters and the hub for its...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Ashland Nature Center serves as the Delaware Nature Society’s headquarters and the hub for its education and natural resource conservation activities. The site is open to the public year-round, features an overnight lodge for school and public groups, a seasonal butterfly house, picnic area and four self-guided trails through a variety of habitats. Free and low-cost programs are offered for all ages. Enjoy the Ashland Hawk Watch during the fall raptor migration.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I am a new birder and found out that a Hawk Watch was being conducted at Ashland. Turns out, it was only 15 minutes from home. I went to the center and it was really nice. Staff was really friendly and pointed me to the top of the hill where the Hawk Watch was being conducted. I went up and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Ashland Nature Center is beautiful and a great organization to have in the community. Our daughter has had many really nice experiences at their camps and events. The educational sessions are well thought out and taught by folks that really care and believe in the session. I cannot say enough about Ashland Nature Center.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Well-thought out exhibits; good hikes; programs Labels on plants are nicely maintained; Staff was solicitous;

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I stopped by briefly, just to see what this place was like, because of a connection between the Center and my deceased parents. I was delighted to see many children having outdoor fun on the field near the building. This is just the sort of thing my folks would have enjoyed. It was a pretty quiet time of year, but... More 

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Hockessin, Delaware, United States
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I cannot say enough about how wonderful the educational sessions are that are offered through Ashland Nature Center. Camps, school programs, family programs we have been to them all and have only good things to report. Keep up the great work :)

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Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

For over 15 years I've been bring my kids here for hikes and picnics, and also for winter sledding! It's beautiful, natural and full of wildlife. The main trail is the Succession Trail, which goes from a marsh to a flood plain, then to a meadow, a deciduous forest and a pine forest - the natural succession that an area... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A visit to the Ashland Nature Center is a very serene, peaceful way to spend some time. Lots of opportunities for bird watchers and photographers. The trails range from pretty easy to medium-difficult. There is a group of picnic tables near the parking lot for those who like to pack a lunch. One of the last covered bridges in Delaware... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a place I would take, and often have, out of town visitors. I was reminded of the peaceful tranquility Ashland brings me just this morning when I took my dog for a hike before the heat settles in. This place just has a way of putting everything in your brain in place. You can hike large hills or... More 

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Hockessin, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a great spot to visit almost any time of the year, and quite unique in comparison to other nature centers. If the visitor center is closed, trail maps are posted right off the parking lot that range from flat to hilly terrain. If you come in the summer on a weekday, be prepared to see a beehive of... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Went when it was raining, but it only seemed to heighten the colorings of the various plants and trees. Unless you step in mud..several times.Then you see nothing but red. The area itself was very nice with hills and trees. The women inside the center were very kind and informative. The trails are color coded so unless you are color... More 

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