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“Stunning and Peaceful.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ashland Nature Center

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
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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.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Stunning and Peaceful.”
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 you can walk the lowlands near the floor plains. My dog likes the water and can even take a dip if he likes. There is a special place dedicated to the Hawk Watch since the park is on a migratory path for North America. At the end you can donate a dollar or whatever you feel appropriate. Well worth it!

Visited July 2013
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Hockessin, Delaware
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“Neighborhood Gem”
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 activity from the various children's summer camps, and be sure to stop by the butterfly house, which is open mid-to-late summer. We live near the Nature Center and have been members of the Delaware Nature Society since we moved to the area in 2010. Your visit supports their terrific programs, particularly those for children.

Visited March 2013
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Dover, Delaware
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“very nice indeed”
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 blind they were easy to follow. I did wish that the plants/weeds I saw were indentified and that there were outside trash cans. I picked up someones garbage but could not find a place to throw it out. I do not know if there is a fee, I did donate a couple dollars for a trail map.

Visited April 2013
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West Chester, PA
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“A real gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Ashland is a wonderful nature center in a beautiful location. Nice visitors' center, plenty of ongoing programs and activities for adults and children alike.

Visited June 2012
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“Nice trails and butterfly garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I enjoyed the walks in and around the grounds with my fiancé and dog. Bathrooms were kind of rough, but what do you expect at a nature center. When I was a child, I remember having a school trip here. We stayed overnight and had a lot of fun. Learned a little bit too!

Visited September 2012
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