Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge

Hours

Open daily from dawn to dusk.

Address

1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington DE 19801   View map

Phone Number

302.656.1490

Parking

FREE

Email

Directions

From Philadelphia on I-95

  • Take the Rte 4/ Martin Luther King blvd exit
  • Follow the riverfront signs and turn left on Martin Luther King/ Lancaster Ave.
  • Turn right on Justison St.
  • Turn right onto Shipyard Dr. (across from the Big Fish Restaurant)
  • Shipyard Dr. merges with Delmarva Lane
  • Stay straight until reaching the DuPont Environmental Education Center driveway

From Baltimore on I-95

  • Take the Martin Luther King Blvd exit (exit 6) onto Maryland Ave.
  • Turn Right on Martin Luther King Blvd  Turn right on Justison St.
  • Turn right onto Shipyard Dr. (across from the Big Fish Restaurant)
  • Shipyard Dr. merges with Delmarva Lane
  • Stay straight until reaching the DuPont Environmental Education Center driveway

GPS Coordinates 39.723042 N,

What a great concept: an urban wildlife refuge along Wilmington’s Riverfront. And not only will Riverfront visitors gain a unique environmental experience, the city’s residents and schoolchildren will have access to wildlife education and recreation.

Named after Russell W. Peterson, former Governor of Delaware who gained international recognition as an environmentalist, scientist, activist and public servant, the refuge is one of the few urban wildlife areas in the country. Riverfront visitors will soon be able to escape into the tranquility of the sanctuary that is among the nation’s most valuable fish and wildlife habitats.

An extensive marsh restoration process began in 1998, and has already enabled beneficial vegetation to flourish in the marsh and provide habitat for wetland wildlife. Future rehabilitation efforts will include stabilizing the shorelines, re-excavating water channels to their historic patterns,developing a trail system and installing wildlife nesting structures. The Dupont Education Center will open in 2009.