The DuPont Environmental Education Center at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge on Wilmington’s Riverfront opened to the public in October of 2009.
The Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware (RDC) restored the marsh within the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge as part of its overall vision to reclaim the long forgotten and abandoned land along the Christina River. The RDC has worked for the last 23 years to transform this industrial wasteland into a thriving destination rich in history and filled with recreational, cultural, retail and culinary attractions. The centerpiece of the Peterson Refuge is the DuPont Environmental Education Center, which the RDC built 10 years ago and continues to operate under a partnership agreement with the Delaware Nature Society (DNS). DNS provides high quality, interactive environmental programming to thousands of visitors each year.
This state of the art four-story, 13,500-square-foot facility is owned by the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware and is operated by the Delaware Nature Society. It is located on the edge of the 212-acre Peterson Refuge on the tidal Christina River, where the city, river and marsh meet.
The Education Center showcases the many species of amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and native plants that make their home in the refuge. Visitors are able to explore the interactive exhibits, join a guided tour, or participate in a variety of free and low-cost programs for students, youth groups, adults, families and teachers.
The DuPont Environmental Education Center is accessible by river taxi, riverwalk, DART trolley and car. Free parking is available on site and in several Riverfront parking lots located at the end of Justison Street, south of Frawley Stadium. The riverwalk also connects to the pedestrian bridge that leads to the facility.
In September of 2018, the Jack A. Markell Bike Trail was opened, connecting the DuPont Environmental Center to Historic New Castle. Guests are welcome to bike the trail, and continue onto the Riverwalk into Riverfront Wilmington. Bicycles are available to rent from the center.