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Public Programs at the James Farm Ecological Preserve

 

Address:
30048 Cedar Neck Road
Ocean View, DE 19970
View printable directions

Phone:
(302) 226-8105 ext. 708

Email:
jknoll@inlandbays.org

Hours:
Sunrise to Sundown
365 days/year

Admission:
Free of charge.

Trash:
This area is Carry-in/Carry-out. 
Visitors are expected to take their trash home for disposal.

Trail Map

Discover our beautiful Inland Bays in new ways by joining us at the James Farm Ecological Preserve during one of our many public programs.

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the birds you’ve spotted flying overhead, resting on the shores, or nesting in the trees? Do you have questions about the native plants that grow alongside the trails and water? Are you curious about why horseshoe crabs call our Bays home? We have answers to all your questions during our interactive, outdoor public programs.

There’s something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. And best of all, our programs are FREE to attend! You just need to register first. We hope to see you along the trails.

Program Guide


There’s so much to learn at the Preserve and we don’t want you to miss a thing. Check our
EVENTS CALENDAR as we are constantly adding new programs.

  • A group joins the Center's Environmental Educator, Jared Ryan, for a tour of the James Farm Ecological Preserve.
  • A group enjoys the views during a tour of the James Farm Ecological Preserve with the Center's Environmental Educator, Jared Ryan.
  • Sunset at the James Farm Ecological Preserve.
  • Sunset at the James Farm Ecological Preserve.
  • Families join the Center's Environmental Educator, Jared Ryan, during Kids Day at the James Farm Ecological Preserve.
  • A group joins the Center's Environmental Educator, Jared Ryan, for a tour of the James Farm Ecological Preserve.
  • The Center's environmental educator, Jared Ryan, leads a group on a tour of the Preserve. Here he points out native blueberry species.
  • An egret is spotted near Pasture Point at the James Farm Ecological Preserve.
  • A group joins the Center's Environmental Educator Jared Ryan for the public program about horseshoe crabs.


The Center’s environmental educator, Jared Ryan, leads a group on a tour at the James Farm Ecological Preserve.

Birds of the Inland Bays Tour

Take a guided nature tour through the James Farm Ecological Preserve to learn more about different bird species found throughout the property’s diverse habitats. This tour will focus on the species that benefit from local marshes, which are prime habitats for year-round resident wading birds, migrating shorebirds using them during stop-overs, and for those species hiding in the grasses. To find the next program date, visit our events calendar or register HERE.


James Farm Ecological Preserve Tours

The James Farm Ecological Preserve Tours will each feature a different topic that will be revealed once attendees arrive. The topics range from the history of the Preserve to searching for wildlife throughout the property’s various habitats. This program is weather-permitting. Like all our programs at the Preserve, it is FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required. To find the next program date, visit our events calendar.


Creature Feature: Horseshoe Crab

Discover the life of a gentle prehistoric creature up close and personal at the James Farm Ecological Preserve. Learn about horseshoe crabs, why they make their way into our Bays, and participate in a demonstration survey. This program is run seasonally in the late spring and summer. Check back for future dates.


Nature Journaling

Join us to learn the steps to tactful nature journaling, then put those skills into practice at the Preserve. Participants will need to bring their own journals and writing utensils. We’re always adding new programs to our events calendar. Be sure to register for an upcoming date HERE.


Discovery Bay

Students sein the Bay during an educational program.

Are you ready to get your feet and hands wet? Participants can either assist or watch as Center staff use large nets to search for aquatic life in shallow waters of the Indian River Bay. As a group, we will identify and discuss different fish, crabs, plants, and animals that we can find here at the James Farm Ecological Preserve! This program is run seasonally. To find the next program date, visit our events calendar and register for the event.


Kids Day at the Preserve

Let’s not forget about our most curious learners, children. Join us each week to give children the chance to get up close to observe and document nature, become a beginner birder, research the benefits of camouflage in turtles, and even use nets to search for unique fish in the Bays. You can find an upcoming date on our events calendar. You can register HERE.


All About Oysters

Discover the power of Oysters at the James Farm Ecological Preserve! Sometimes referred to as “Nature’s engineers” or “vacuums of the Bay,” oysters play a critical role in keeping our Inland Bays clean. They also provide a structural support for reefs for additional marine life. During this tour you’ll get a closer look at these bivalves, including their anatomy, life cycle, and function. You’ll also learn more about our oyster gardening efforts throughout the Inland Bays and the impact of restoration efforts on this crucial mollusk. You can find upcoming dates on our events calendar. We recommend you register for the event HERE but walkups are always welcome.


Do you know young learners?
Check out our resource library geared just for kids HERE.

Other Educational Programs

The Center’s Environmental Educator, Jared Ryan, leads families on a tour of the Preserve.

The Center is proud to offer other environmental youth programs to interested schools and organizations. If you are interested in having your group engage in such an opportunity, please contact Mary Kunst at mkunst@inlandbays.org.