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.

Take an overhead look at the woods behind DMNH after last month’s storm. Thanks to David Carter for filming this drone video. Insurance does not cover the clean up, so we’re grateful for all of our friends who have donated to our restoration fund.