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Ashland Nature Center

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Address: 3511 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Phone Number: (302) 239 – 2334
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Description: Ashland Nature Center serves as the Delaware Nature Society’s headquarters...
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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Young Watefowlers program

Great program for girls and boys 12-16. Learn the ethical and safe way to hunt ducks and geese and enjoy the great outdoors. My son started in the program 16 years ago and I am... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Hockessin, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great program for girls and boys 12-16. Learn the ethical and safe way to hunt ducks and geese and enjoy the great outdoors. My son started in the program 16 years ago and I am still involved. Hunter safety and wildlife education is the foundation of this program.

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Hockessin, Delaware
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Ashland Nature Center is a great local place to explore all types of local terrain to hike from marshlands, creek side, wooded hills, and some open areas. They have a small but nice center where they do activities as well as an open hilltop for bird watching.

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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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158 reviews 158 reviews
21 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
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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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

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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