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Delaware Reserve

State

Delaware

State Partner

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Acres

6,206

Est. Date

1993

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 6,206 acres are an oasis for many species, including great blue herons, ospreys, blue crabs, kingfishers, and scarlet tanagers. Using a combination of scientific information, access to technology, and skill-building, the Reserve helps local communities combat issues such as sea level rise, wetland restoration, coastal hazards, and flooding. The reserve also fights to preserve the land’s resources and promote its strength and resiliency.

Volunteer

Whether you are interested in education, stewardship, research, or administrative volunteering, there is something here for everyone. Visit dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov to learn more.

Be A Friend

This reserve currently does not have a formal friends organization. Please stay tuned for more information.

Did You Know…

Tucked away on the shores of New Hampshire’s “hidden coast,” the Great Bay reserve is a refuge for 23 species of threatened or endangered animals and plants.

Latest News from the Delaware Reserve

Data Tells Storm Story

Data Tells Storm Story

For a community hit by a hurricane, recovery can be a long, traumatic process that begins with understanding the storm’s impacts, which helps communities to become more resilient in the future.

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Longtime NERRd Returns

Longtime NERRd Returns

Jennifer Holmes, who previously served as education coordinator at the Delaware Reserve, has rejoined the NERRS as a coastal training program coordinator. Please join NERRA in welcoming her back to the NERRd family!

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Welcome, Laurel!

Welcome, Laurel!

A warm welcome to Laurel Sullivan, new education coordinator (and NERRd) at the Delaware Reserve. A Delaware native, she brings a love for her home state’s estuaries—and its horseshoe crabs!—to her new role.

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Delaware Reserve