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“Thanks Russ”

Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge
Reviewed May 20, 2012

I walk here at least once per week. It's easy to get to being close to the city, and easy to walk the well groomed paths and boardwalk around the pond in the marshes. Also, a great place to watch the sunset!

1  Thank Yehezkel
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Whether you have a meeting or are just looking to take a walk, this gem is worth a visit. It's bit hard to find, but if you just keep going past the riverfront, you will see the signs.

2  Thank paxmanone
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Lots to see at this spot near the river. Roam the area in search of natural beings or visit the nature center. Wonderful.

1  Thank JanetM324
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Reviewed June 23, 2011

My husband and I have always enjoyed walking around the riverfront after dinner, but we rarely ventured down south of the Shipyard Shops (since they are rather empty & the shops that are there are closed late at night). However, the other day, we were there during the daytime & decided to take a stroll past the Shipyard Shops to see IF anything new had been added. We walked passed the shops. Here we saw the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge & Dupont Education Center at the far end. Since the gates were open, we decided to take a peek.

Once inside the area, we saw the large education center building, a foot bridge leading to the education center, a man-made waterfall, statue, garden sitting area and lots of flowers planted along the brick walkway. We walked passed the waterfall, up the footbridge and down by the Dupont Education center. Here we followed the staircase (elevator also available) down to the ground level. Once out onto the ground level, we walked around the boardwalk style path that encircle a pond. Here we saw some fish, turtles & geese. Along the path there are a few stretches of boardwalk that go out into the center of the pond. We also saw a few bird feeders set out to attract them to the refuge. There are also a few places to sit down along the trail if you want to sit & relax a bit. We enjoyed walking this path. It really is a nice addition to the riverfront. While we were there, we also saw several people walking/jogging this path. It seemed to be a mix of people using the path to exercise & those just walking (perhaps on their lunch breaks).

Once we walked the boardwalk style path that encircled the pond, we made our way back up the stairs to the bridge level. Here we made our way back across the foot bridge. From the footbridge, you get a nice view of the Shipyard Shops, Wilmington Riverfront & a train bridge. Back at the base of the footbridge, we took a peek at the statue of Russell W. Peterson (governor of Delaware 1969-1973). Then we made our way around to the stone & gravel pathway that make up the backyard wildlife habitat. Here there is a nice small footbridge made out of a large flat rock. There are also lots of flowers & native plants along this gravel trail. It is just a short path that goes from the base of the footbridge, past the waterfall and comes out underneath the huge footbridge into the parking lot. Once in the parking lot area, you will also see a grassy area that has huge rocks & a log-type tree structure built to create a garden-style grassy sitting area. There is a metal sculptured owl sitting on top of one of the huge tree-like limbs. There are a few nooks in the tree-like structure. I bet kids have fun crawling around this structure.

Overall, we enjoyed our walk around the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. It is a nice addition to the riverfront. It is really a nice place to just go & walk around. I enjoyed it so much, that I went back one day just to walk around the refuge. I would not go out of my way to visit this "attraction", but I would recommend it IF you are already in town & looking for a nice place to stretch the legs, exercise or even relax in a chair along the riverfront.

Note: There are clean restrooms on location.

5  Thank daisyferret1
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