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  • DuPont Nature Center reopens and focuses efforts on aquatic wildlife

  • After a four-month closure of the DuPont Nature due to a lack of funding, the center reopened to visitors March 1 and is refocusing its efforts solely on aquatic education programs.
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      May 17: Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.



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  • After a four-month closure of the DuPont Nature due to a lack of funding, the center reopened to visitors March 1 and is refocusing its efforts solely on aquatic education programs.
    Because the center is almost entirely funded by federal funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration Program, the center is required to focus on aquatic life forms and programs, which do not include shorebirds.
    While shorebirds are a major draw to the center, with an observation deck and viewing machines to spot the variety of species that come to the shore, the DuPont Nature Center is required by the parameters of the grant to focus solely on aquatic education.
    Visitors will still have the opportunity to check out shorebirds from the deck, but the center staff is working to amp up aquatic resources education, including the possible future addition of a touch tank in the facility.
    The center, which closed for the winter on Nov. 1 and reopened March 1, will be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday in March and April from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning May 1, the center will be open Wednesday through Sunday until August 31.
    On Tuesdays the center will be dedicated to structured group programming, like field trips or programs for schools or organizations, and DuPont Nature Center Director Dawn Webb said those days will allow her and new staff members to focus primarily on programming so that they can fully interact with the public throughout the normal hours of operation.
    Because of the winter closure, the DuPont Nature Center lost its two part-time staff members and is currently interviewing candidates to fill those positions. However, it’s volunteers that are really needed to help the center run effectively, according to both Webb and Aquatic Resources Education Program Coordinator Gary Kreamer.
    “We lost a couple employees that were seasonal down there, which is unfortunate,” Kreamer said. “When we’re facing staff cutbacks, volunteers can help fill in. Every hour a volunteer contributes translates to $25 to $40 of in-kind match to our federal grant. We need volunteers and volunteers do some really great work for us. The more hands on deck, the better.”
    Webb said the center needs about four to six volunteers each day from mid-April through June. Training programs will be offered for volunteers, but the next session has not yet been scheduled.
    Even though staffing levels are low and the center just reopened, a few visitors took advantage of the nice weekend weather and stopped by to check out displays and wildlife on Saturday.
    “It’s incredible,” said first-time visitor Susan Rehhausser of Birdsboro, Pa. Rehhausser said she noticed the signage on Del. Route 1 and quickly followed the way to Lighthouse Road and the center on the bay. “I think it’s absolutely beautiful. It couldn’t be sited better. As far as museum quality, it’s really well laid out. We’ll definitely be back this summer.”
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