Visit Us – Bethany Beach Nature Center
Every Saturday morning, children arrive at the Bethany Beach Nature Center for a morning of stories and outdoor adventure–one of the programs created through a partnership between the Town of Bethany Beach and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays.
The Bethany Beach Nature Center trail is open daily from dawn until dusk. For winter hours at the Nature Center, call the BBNC at 537-7680. The Bethany Beach Nature Center is located at 807 Garfield Parkway (Rt. 26) about a mile west of Route 1 on the right just past Grotto’s Pizza.
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|Summer in Season Hours||Fall Shoulder Season Hours|
|Father’s Day weekend June 15th thru September 15th||September 16th thru October 1st|
|Monday thru Friday 10am to 3pm||Wednesday thru Friday 10am to 3pm|
|Saturday 10am to 12pm||Saturday 10am to 12pm|
|Sunday 10am to 12pm||Sunday 10am to 12pm|
|Fall Hours||Winter Hours|
|October 2nd thru Veteran’s Day weekend November 8th||November 9th thru April 14th|
|Wednesday thru Friday 10am to 3pm||Wednesday thru Friday 10am to 3pm|
|Saturday 10am to 12pm||1st and 2nd Saturdays 10am to 12pm|
|Spring Shoulder Season Hours
Earth Day Celebration Weekend—Kickoff
|3rd weekend in April thru Father’s Day weekend|
|Wednesday thru Friday 10am to 3pm|
|Saturday 10am to 12pm|
On Saturday’s, children gather at the Bethany Beach Nature Center for a fun-filled morning of indoor and outdoor activities offered year around from 10:30 to noon. Stories and projects have included learning about monarch butterflies, horseshoe crabs, Diamondback terrapins, bats and cow nose rays. In winter, the children decorate the trees for the birds and in summer plant and care for a garden to attract native butterflies and birds. There is no charge for the Saturday program, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Inside the nature center, visitors can explore interactive exhibits, including “Our Inland Bays…A Delicate Balance,” which allows visitors to ‘virtually’ explore the Inland Bays watershed from the headwater streams, through the maritime forests, across the salt marshes to the bays using a state-of-the-art presentation called an I-Wall.
Outside, visitors can make a similar exploration through forest and marsh along a handicap-accessible boardwalk with has been built to lead you through each habitat with educational signage to keep you informed along the way. The 26-acre conservation area includes three acres of forested uplands, nine acres of freshwater wetlands, and fourteen acres of tidal wetlands.
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