The Delaware Museum of Natural History has a variety of outdoor areas bringing you up close with nature in a variety of settings. Visit our Larry F. Scott Nature Trail to explore the woodlands and wetlands behind the Museum; take a hike through our Meadow to learn more about this unique habitat; get hands-on with our Delaware Rocks! mineral display; or marvel at our Pollinator Garden and discover its importance to a number of different species. Take a look at our outdoor map, or view the map via printable PDF.
Discover nature with explorer backpacks. Borrow an Explorer Backpack from the Nature Nook to explore the Museum inside and out! Our backpacks contain everything you need to be a budding naturalist, and now feature the S.T.E.A.M. Hike. Trek through the Museum’s outdoor areas while participating in activities encouraging learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and math! How to Borrow an Explorer Backpack: Head to the Nature Nook and leave your ID with the Nature Nook Educator. Take the backpack with you on an outdoor adventure. Return the backpack and all of its contents to the Nature Nook Educator when you are done.
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.
The Pollinator Garden contains native plants such as purple coneflowers and milkweed to help attract butterflies and other wildlife, such as hummingbirds, beetles, and caterpillars. There's a bench to take a moment to view the garden, as well as peek at the meadow and the trail into the woods. The view is different every season!
Larry F. Scott Nature Trail The Delaware Museum of Natural History’s Larry F. Scott Nature Trail is a mile-long path through the woodlands and wetlands behind the Museum. There are two loops: The Yellow Loop features a bird blind with slatted sides that visitors can see through to observe wildlife. There is also an outdoor classroom used for outdoor projects during school tours and Summer Camp, as well as a fire pit. This loop has benches and is handicapped and stroller-accessible. The Red Loop goes through wooded areas and into wetlands further back along the Museum’s property. An Eagle Scout [...]
Delaware Rocks! is the Museum’s newest outdoor display, featuring 14 large boulders – all from Delaware – within a 1,500-square-foot area planted with a variety of perennial ground covers, grasses, ferns and flowers. The display teaches visitors broadly about geology, as well as more specifically about Delaware and its unique place in geological history. The display is located between the upper and middle parking lots of the Museum. Specimens include: • Sillimanite (Delaware’s state mineral) • Pegmatite • Gabbro • Brandywine Blue Gneiss • Barley Mill Gneiss • Baltimore Gneiss • Iron Hill Ore and Chert (2) • Cockeysville Marble [...]