Kate Hackett, Director of Delaware Wild Lands, Isn't Afraid to Get Her Hands Dirty

The holdings of Delaware Wild Lands were once the exclusive domain of select outdoorsmen, but executive director Kate Hackett has swung open the gate to show everyone else the value of conservation.



Kate Hackett, executive director of Delaware Wild Lands, is responsible for overseeing the 21,000 acres throughout the First State that the organization owns and protects.//Photo by Tom Nutter

On this January morning, the temperature lingers in the teens, and duck hunter Brad du Pont has aborted his shooting session at Delaware Wild Lands’ Taylors Bridge Roberts Farm east of Odessa after his waders sprung a leak, leaving his feet uncomfortably cold.

The sun might be shining brightly but, for most of us, it’s a good day to be inside.

Du Pont knows where to find Kate Hackett, the executive director responsible for overseeing the 21,000 acres throughout Delaware that Wild Lands owns and protects.

“She’s out trapping with Bud Holland,” he says. Holland is a retired postman who used to take vacation for the entire month of February so he could focus on catching muskrat in the marshes around Blackbird Creek.

Now that they’ve gotten to know her, neither du Pont nor Holland are surprised by Hackett’s willingness to get down and dirty in her stewardship of Wild Lands’ acreage. “Kate will get in the canoe, put the waders on,” Holland says. “She’s a real boots-on-the-ground person.”

By keeping those boots firmly on the ground, Hackett is guiding a transformation of Wild Lands, the oldest conservation group in the state and its largest nongovernmental landowner, from an introspective operator of recreational preserves to a visible partner and collaborator with national and regional conservation-environmental entities such as The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, the Delaware Nature Society and Mt. Cuba Center.

Managing change of an entity that had been guided for nearly a half-century by two generations of the same family isn’t easy, but it seems to come naturally to Hackett. “You pretty much always know where she’s coming from,” Holland says.


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Hackett grew up in the hills of West Virginia, where, she says, “there wasn’t much to do besides play basketball and run around in four-wheel drives.”

She was good at both. Her basketball prowess led to her being recruited for a traveling team that played around the country before she landed a place on the starting five at Yale University. As for the four-wheel drives, Hackett says, “I would be the Mud Bog Queen. I was the best female driver. I’d drive through the bogs in my boyfriend’s jacked-up truck.”

Hackett followed a circuitous route to Delaware. From West Virginia, it was on to Yale, from which she graduated in 1991 with a dual major in environmental studies and political science. She landed a seasonal position with the U.S. Forest Service in Montana, but wasn’t happy when they offered her a full-time desk job because she preferred working outdoors. So she headed to New York City—“a spontaneous decision,” she says—where she waited on tables until she found a job she liked—working on corporate communications with a new marketing firm, Shephardson Stern + Kaminsky. 

“I learned a tremendous amount, completely worked my ass off,” she says. The firm kept growing, but she tired of New York and the private sector, and wanted to get into her first love—conservation work, and she wanted to do it abroad.

“Shephardson Stern was just great,” Hackett says. They even bought her a plane ticket to her next job—with the waterworks ministry in Eritrea, which was trying to rebuild the African nation’s water infrastructure after a 30-year civil war. Next came a stint with UNICEF in Nairobi, Kenya, where she blended her environmental and marketing skills to create educational resources on public health and water sanitation issues.

Hackett then decided to return to the United States, studying for her master’s at the University of Michigan. While there she fell in love with another graduate student, Kent Messer. They married in 2000, then headed to Ithaca, N.Y., where she worked on water-quality issues for the county while he studied for his doctorate at Cornell.

When Messer finished his degree, he narrowed his job offers to two: one in Boulder, Colo., the other at the University of Delaware. As she recalls, “Kent said to both of them, ‘What can you do for my wife?’”

“Boulder was fine,” Hackett says, “but UD set up three days of informational interviews for me, ran me up and down the state. I look back now and realize that’s Delaware, but I didn’t recognize it then.”

Messer took the UD job. He is now director of the Center for Experimental and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. Hackett landed at The Nature Conservancy.

Hackett was but a toddler at the time of Delaware Wild Lands’ defining moment, but she has heard the story told many times.

Founded in 1961 by Edmund H. “Ted” Harvey, Delaware’s first land trust began buying property in Sussex County to protect it from development. Its first purchase was Trussum Pond near Laurel, now part of Trap Pond State Park. By the late 1960s, the young organization had turned its attention north, to the area near the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, where the Shell Oil Co. was starting to buy land with plans to put a refinery there. 


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To counter, “Ted got a map, (identified the land owners) and started buying land in a patchwork pattern, just enough to prevent Shell from acquiring all the land it needed,” Hackett says.

“All these farmers had money dangling in front of their faces,” says Kathy Harvey, Ted Harvey’s daughter-in-law. “There were some hard feelings. There were some barns that got burned down when people did sell to Shell.”

“Ted Harvey signed contracts to buy a bunch of properties without having two nickels to rub together, and then we’d go out and raise the money,” says Wild Lands chairman Eugene H. Bayard, a board member since 1984. “That’s been the M.O. for 50 years.”

“To hell with Shell” became Harvey’s mantra, says longtime conservationist Lynn Williams, a former board member of both Wild Lands and the Delaware Nature Society. The slogan soon turned up on lapel buttons throughout the state, with its most prominent wearer being Gov. Russell W. Peterson, who persuaded the General Assembly to pass his Coastal Zone Act in June 1971. The landmark environmental legislation banned new heavy industry on a two-mile strip of Delaware’s coastline, which effectively ended Shell’s refinery threat. When Shell officially abandoned its plan in 1984, Wild Lands and the state purchased the 2,700 acres that Shell had assembled as the refinery site. 

After Harvey died in 1978, Delaware Wild Lands stuck with his long-held belief that “the best way to preserve land is to own it,” so it continued to buy and preserve more land under the leadership of his son, Holger “Rusty” Harvey. Sometimes Wild Lands sold or traded its holdings, making deals with the state and other conservation partners. Former Wild Lands properties now owned by the state include farmland surrounding the Buena Vista estate and the Thousand Acre Marsh in New Castle County, the Ted Harvey Conservation Area in Kent County, and Trussum Pond and the Angola Neck Preserve in Sussex County.

Individual donors and foundation grants helped make many of the deals possible, even when people might have wondered why the land was being preserved, says Kathy Harvey, now program manager for Delaware Wild Lands. “Wild Lands has no babbling brooks. We don’t have streams that you can canoe in. A lot of it was marshland, bug-infested. It’s not meant for people to walk on because it’s way too fragile.”

Wild Lands’ most significant holding is the Great Cypress Swamp, 11,000 acres in south-central Sussex County, the largest freshwater wetlands and contiguous block of forest in the state. Wild Lands has developed a sustainable forestry program there, as well as other projects to restore the wetlands, thus increasing the diversity of the swamp’s plant and animal communities.

At Milford Neck, on the Delaware Bay in Kent County, Wild Lands owns 3,500 acres of a block of more than 10,000 acres of forest, farmland, tidal marsh and beach, managed jointly with the state and The Nature Conservancy.

Its properties in New Castle County, all below the C&D Canal, include 1,200 acres of wetlands at Augustine Creek, 4,500 acres at Taylors Bridge, and the 430-acre Sharp Farm at the confluence of the Appoquinimink River and Drawyers Creek. The Roberts Farm, part of the Taylors Bridge holdings, and the Sharp Farm were acquired in 2015.

With Ted and Rusty Harvey at the helm, Wild Lands properties had generally been off-limits to the public, except for those who had permission to hunt and trap there. “That’s OK,” conservationist Williams says. “It was not paid for by tax dollars.” 

But Hackett, hired in 2011, a year after Rusty Harvey’s death, is opening the fences a little. Under her leadership, Wild Lands is creating educational programs for children and camping opportunities for Scout troops and allowing occasional visits by birders. It is bringing in the Delaware Nature Society to conduct environmental education programs.

Occasional public access has a real benefit, says Bill Stewart, president of the Delmarva Ornithological Society. “It gives the public an understanding and awareness of how important these properties are.” DOS has partnered with Wild Lands on conservation and remediation programs for shorebird habitats on Wild Lands properties.

But there’s a good reason the properties are off-limits most of the time. “This land is not being preserved for humans. It’s being preserved for other species that need to have a home,” Stewart says.

Though Wild Lands properties are not being preserved for humans, maintaining them in close to their natural state does have its benefits for homo sapiens.

At its most basic level, preservation means cleaner air to breathe and clearer water to drink—and ultimately ensures the long-term vitality of farms and forests. In addition, seeds collected from healthy marshes on Wild Lands properties are being used to restore marshes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. And, at Milford Neck, researchers are conducting surveys to assess sea level inundation, examine interactions between surface water and ground water, and monitor the erosion and migration of coastal salt marshes, a crucial area of study associated with sea level rise. Hydrology efforts in the Great Cypress Swamp are designed to promote reforestation and minimize the likelihood of flooding in nearby areas.

“People are not aware of the services preserved lands provide,” says Wendy Scott, Wild Lands’ development and marketing manager, “but they’ll miss it when it’s gone.”


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Though Kathy Harvey says her father-in-law felt most comfortable with the good ol’ boys of Sussex County, hunter Brad du Pont says Hackett has brought the organization a new level of professionalism through her scientific knowledge and experience in marketing and fundraising. 

“Rusty learned on the job, but Kate knew a lot before she came here,” du Pont says.

“She’s done a remarkable job,” Bayard says. He cites the partnerships she has developed with other conservation groups, her outreach efforts and her initiatives in promoting limited public access. She’s getting it done with a staff that recently expanded to eight people and a budget of less than $1 million a year.

“She has become the face of the organization,” he says. “I think she’s a rock star.”

The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council agrees. In March, Hackett received that group’s 2017 Woman of Distinction Award. “She’s a good leader,” Holland says. “She listens, she evaluates input and comes up with sound decisions.”

How many executive directors of organizations, du Pont asks, are going to put on their boots and get a hands-on experience in trapping muskrat?

For Hackett, that frigid January morning in the marsh was time well-spent. “Fantastic,” she reports, “especially learning the similarities between what muskrats need for habitat and what waterfowl need.”

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Cost: $5-$20

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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
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May is Double Points Month for our Friends of Phillips members in Ocean City, MD -- all month, earn double the points on every visit to Phillips Crab House or Phillips Seafood House! Not a...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: (410) 250-1200
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May 22, 2017 Cinema Art Theater  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, ext. 3   NORMAN: THE...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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Enjoy sunset cocktails and creative food offerings on the Patio at the Hilton Christiana. Live acoustic entertainment takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm. Get...

Cost: $0 admission

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Hilton Christiana
Telephone: 302-631-1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be holding a 6-month seminar on "Self-Deliverance." The seminar will start on Wednesday March 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. The seminar will be held every...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-632-4679
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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Keeper Talks Daily, June–August Join our zoo keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to...

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Story Time at the Brandywine Zoo Every Thursday May-September at 10:30am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Takes place outside in the main zoo, and may include a...

Cost: Zoo Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive,
Wilmington, DE  19802
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Thursdays, May – September, 10:30 - 11am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the otter circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
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Join exhibition co-curator Colette Loll as she takes you behind the scenes to reveal the intriguing and often complicated stories behind some of the major fraud cases profiled in the exhibition....

Cost: Members free. Included with admission (20).

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Winterthur Information & Tours
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Get your crab pickin' skills ready - we're offering up a $19 Crab Feast at the Seafood House in Ocean City! Your Crab Feast includes: 5 medium crabs quarter pound steamed shrimp 2 pieces of...

Cost: $19

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-205-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood

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May 22, 2017 Cinema Art Theater  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, ext. 3   NORMAN: THE...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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June 1st, is our first Corporate 5k run and walk.It will be a great event for fitness, team building and socializing in a fun atmosphere while raising money for adaptive bicycles and making...

Cost: $25

Where:
Corporate Commons
12 Reads Way
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Discover Card Services
Telephone: 302-377-3923
Contact Name: Deb Buenaga
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Enjoy sunset cocktails and creative food offerings on the Patio at the Hilton Christiana. Live acoustic entertainment takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm. Get...

Cost: $0 admission

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Hilton Christiana
Telephone: 302-631-1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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Alternatively True Facts, an exhibition of mixed media work by Colette Gaiter, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 2-30, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Oil paintings by Jim Barwick, Ed Bronstein, Gay Freeborn, and Bhavisha Patel. Philadelphia city scenes, still lifes, figures in interiors, and animal paintings are featured in a group show with a...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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Keeper Talks Daily, June–August Join our zoo keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to...

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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This noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café.

Cost: $12 for Members, $14 for Non-Members (Café lunch voucher included in price)

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
Website »

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Get your crab pickin' skills ready - we're offering up a $19 Crab Feast at the Seafood House in Ocean City! Your Crab Feast includes: 5 medium crabs quarter pound steamed shrimp 2 pieces of...

Cost: $19

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-205-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood

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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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Free and open to the public The inspirational Japanese art of floral arranging will be on display for you to see and enjoy. Midori Tanimune and the Sogetsu Brandywine Study Group will present an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 North Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x105
Contact Name: Marcia Stephenson
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Get a chance to meet and purchase limited edition signed prints created from originals by the University and Whist Club’s most famous painter, C. Phillip Wikoff. We will be offering various...

Cost: $20

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: University and Whist Club
Telephone: 3026585125 x107
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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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Date: June 3rd Time: All Day Cost: Free Be inspired by Ansel Adams’ black and white photographs and create your own black and white landscape. Ages 4-10. Drop-in anytime!  

Cost: Free

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19903
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Oil paintings by Jim Barwick, Ed Bronstein, Gay Freeborn, and Bhavisha Patel. Philadelphia city scenes, still lifes, figures in interiors, and animal paintings are featured in a group show with a...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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$5.00 Public Parking    Professionally Judged Categories • Top 24 Awarded   Best Production • Early Production Best Camaro • Best Corvette • Best Mustang Best Engine • Best...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
Country House
4830 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hockession-Greenville Rotary Club
Telephone: 302.983.6966
Contact Name: LaBarre Everette
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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The years 1860–1920 witnessed sweeping changes in book design, inspired by technological developments, marketing strategies, and shifting ideas about art. This exhibition will explore examples of...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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41st Annual Day in the Park Festival Sat. June 3rd - 10a - 6p State Street Park - Delmar, DE Food, games, crafts, attractions, raffles, 50/50, live entertainment and more!  A fun-filled day for...

Cost: Free entry to park

Where:
State Street Park
State Street Park
Delmar, DE  19940
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Sponsor: Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce & Pohanka of Salisbury
Telephone: 302-846-3336
Contact Name: Diane Johnson

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Are you interested in learning more about what volunteer opportunities the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation has to offer? Consider attending our Volunteer Open House at our shipyard in Wilmington, DE from...

Cost:

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E 7th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Keeper Talks Daily, June–August Join our zoo keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to...

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Tour of 8 gardens in Seaford, Del., sponsored by the Spade & Trowel Garden Club. $15 tickets available by calling 302-629-4778 or at Nanticoke Yacht Club (day of, $20). Reserve box lunch for $10...

Cost: $15

Where:
Nanticoke Yacht Club
30 North Market Street
Blades, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Spade & Trowel Garden Club
Telephone: 302-628-1385
Contact Name: Carol Kinsley
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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During the last year of the American Civil War, the main Union and Confederate armies in Virginia were engaged in trench warfare, a method of combat that was far different from the first three...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Public Archives
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd North
Dover, DE  19904
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Sponsor: Delaware Public Archives
Telephone: (302)744-5047
Contact Name: Tom Summers
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Learn about DuPont Company’s development of water power from the waterwheel to the steam engine and how its innovation contributed to the success of the company. This hands-on tour includes...

Cost: Adults $14, Senior and students $10, Children 6-14 $5, children 5 and under and

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Wilmington, DE  19807

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Join us for free Yoga in the Garden to celebrate Global Wellness Day! Yoga instructor Melody Mercadante of Truly Yoga Studio will lead this class, beginning at 11am. Please arrive no later than...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Hilton Christiana
Telephone: 302.631.1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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Saturday June 3, noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy a visit at the Brandywine Zoo with J. Bear, WJBR's mascot, along with Rocky Bluewinkle from the Delaware Blue Rocks.  Find out about family fun activities...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: (302) 571-7747
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Brandywine Zoo END of School Year Party with WJBR Saturday June 3, 12-3 Enjoy a visit at the zoo with J. Bear, WJBR's mascot, along with Rocky Bluewinkle from the Delaware Blue Rocks.  Find out...

Cost: Free with Zoo Admission

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
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My heart is, and always will be, yours. ~Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility You are cordially invited toReadings & Luncheon with Jane Austen Saturday, June 3rd At One O’clock in the Afternoon At...

Cost: $30

Where:
Smyrna Opera House
7 W South St
Smyrna, DE  19977
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Sponsor: The Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association

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Join Alfred Appel Curatorial Fellow Anna Wager (2016) as she discusses her research for The Cover Sells the Book: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860–1920 and Todd Pattison,...

Cost: Free with Museum admission or valid student ID

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Get your crab pickin' skills ready - we're offering up a $19 Crab Feast at the Seafood House in Ocean City! Your Crab Feast includes: 5 medium crabs quarter pound steamed shrimp 2 pieces of...

Cost: $19

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-205-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood

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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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Bear Babe Ruth 1st Annual Beef & Beer June 3, 2017 6pm - 11pm Aetna Fire Hall 400 Ogletown Rd. Newark, DE 19711 $35 per person (adults only) Purchase tickets at the snack shack, ONLINE or Board...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Rd
Newark , DE  19711
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Sponsor: Bear Babe Ruth League
Telephone: 302-540-8073
Contact Name: Kent Wannamaker
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Mark your calendars and pick out your best black tie attire for the glamorous Mrs. DE America Pageant; an event where Hollywood meets pageantry as national and local stars set out to crown Mrs. DE...

Cost: $45-$95

Where:
Schwartz Center of the Arts
226 S. State Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC
Telephone: 202-374-8488
Contact Name: Raquel Riley Thomas
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