Explore the Outdoors at DMNH
1. Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos)
Adult male grizzly bears can grow up to 2.4-3 meters (8-10 ft.) tall, weigh close to 780 kilos (1725 lbs.) and live 20-25 years. Native to western North America, they live in a variety of habitats and play an important role in their environment.
2. Il Porcellino – The Wild Boar
The Museum’s fountain is a replica of a magnificent bronze by Pietro Tacca residing in the Straw Market in Florence, Italy. Legend says that good fortune will come to those who rub his nose.
3. Bobbee Vernon Memorial Garden
This garden is dedicated in memory of long-time Museum volunteer Laura “Bobbee” Vernon. The garden features rocks and petrified wood found locally in Delaware, as well as native plants donated by Bobbee’s daughter, Susan Rivenbark, and the Garden Gate Garden Club.
4. White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
White-tailed deer are on average the smallest of the North American deer family. They are herbivores, feeding on grasses, twigs, leaves, and crops.
5. Galápagos Tortoise (Chelonodis nigra)
The giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands are among the longest living vertebrates in the world, reaching an average age of 100. They are also the world’s largest tortoises, with some exceeding 1.5 meters (5 ft.) in length and reaching 250 kilos (550 lbs.)!
6. Delaware Rocks!
Delaware Rocks features boulders, all from Delaware, within a garden of perennial groundcovers, grasses, ferns and flowers. Learn about the geology of Delaware through interpretive panels.
7. Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
The American black bear is the smallest of the three bear species found in North America. Black bears have short, sharp claws that give them excellent tree-climbing abilities. They are omnivorous, eating plants, fruits, nuts, insects, small mammals, and
carrion, as well as salmon in Northern regions.
8. Museum Entrance
Open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
9. Backyard Patio
Enjoy a picnic on the patio under the shade awning. Sharpen your skills as a naturalist by looking for birds, insects, squirrels, foxes, and other wildlife. Outdoor seating is available spring through fall.
10. Pollinator Garden
Flutter by and notice the beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds living or lunching in this garden. It contains native plants chosen to attract different species of butterflies, as well as hummingbirds.
11. Wildflower & Native Grass Meadow
This meadow is a field of grasses, wildflowers, and a few woody shrubs. The lack of trees lets the sun shine down. Spaces between clumps of grass create nesting areas, shelter, and travel paths for birds and other small animals. Tall grasses provide cover from predators, such as hawks, and a safe place for breeding.
12. Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes)
Artist Carrie Quade sculpted this playful family of red foxes in 2007. She named the mother Scarlett, and the father Red. The youngsters are Scratch, Sniff, Stalk, and Pounce.
13. Entrance to Larry F. Scott Nature Trail & Outdoor Classroom
The Larry F. Scott Nature Trail is a mile-long path through the woodlands and wetlands behind the Museum. A shorter loop is available for those with strollers. The Outdoor Classroom, tucked into the woods near the beginning of the trail, features benches and picnic tables as well as a stone fire pit, used for our camps and programs.
14. John C. Wilson Wildlife Blind
This rustic building encourages visitors to peek out and view wildlife in the surrounding wooded area. Bird feeders are installed near the windows to entice visits by local birds.
15. Picnic Area
Nine tables shaded by a stately evergreen tree provide a peaceful location to enjoy a family or school group picnic.