On Friday, August 7, a severe storm caused significant damage to the woods behind the Museum. A few days later, Mollusk Collections Manager Alex Kittle found the trail cam he had placed in the woods, with footage (below) from the storm and the aftermath, as well as a more peaceful scene from two days earlier. The storm brought torrents of rain and strong winds, including a tornado that traveled about 3.8 miles over 11 minutes, according to Delawareonline, passing less than 1,200 meters from the Museum. As a result of the destruction, the Larry F. Scott Nature Trail, the John C. Wilson Wildlife Blind, and our outdoor classroom are currently closed.
Our outdoor areas play a key role in our mission to inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of exploration and discovery. Please consider making a donation to our Tornado Restoration Fund to help restore our nature trails, outdoor classroom, and wildlife blind.
We’re grateful for your support.