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.


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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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GUARDIANS OF THE IMAGE MAKER Group Exhibition & Programs Commemorating The 1968 Riots April 6 - June 29, 2018 Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 2018                      5 - 9 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: MID-WEEK WORD REFRESHER Come join us at the Mid-Week Word Refresher every Wednesday at Faith Victory Christian Center from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Refreshments will be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
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Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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June 20 – Wednesday – 5 to 8 p.m. Bike, Hike, & Brews Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Stroll, jog, or bike through areas of Hagley property normally closed to foot traffic. Bring a...

Cost: Admission is $3 per person and free for members and children five and under.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Enjoy a 1 hour wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August! Cruise by the scenic Christina River up to the I-495 bridge while enjoying hand selected wines. This unique outing is...

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Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
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Trace, an exhibition of black and white fine art photography by Carlos Alejandro, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 1-29, 2018. A free opening reception to meet the artist will be...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
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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Rachel Altschuler, Jim Barwick, Mary Ann Weselyk ~ New Paintings Wine & Cheese Opening Reception Friday June 1, 5 – 8 PM Bird paintings brought to life with attention to detail and bold color...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow, easy motions to get into the rhythm of nature....

Cost: $10

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: Information and Tours
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Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and the Manor House, will hold a Parkinson’s education and support group on Thursday, June 21 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the...

Cost: 0

Where:
Manor House
1001 Middleford Road
SEAFORD, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x. 3838
Contact Name: Tara Trout

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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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GUARDIANS OF THE IMAGE MAKER Group Exhibition & Programs Commemorating The 1968 Riots April 6 - June 29, 2018 Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 2018                      5 - 9 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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: Information and Tours
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Story Time Thursdays 10:30 - 11 a.m. 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: $7 - $0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services hosts lymphedema support groups on the third Thursday of each month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center located at 600 N. Market...

Cost: 0

Where:
Seaford Library & Cultural Center
600 N. Market Street Extended
SEAFORD, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services
Telephone: 302-629-6224
Contact Name: Robert Donati
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Every Thursday in June  (June 7, 14, 21 and 28) and July (July 5, 12, 19, 26), 4:30-8 p.m. The Delaware Museum of Natural History is extending hours every Thursday in June and July for you to...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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June 14, 21, & 28 July 12, 19, 26 August 9, 16, 23 & 30 5:00–9:30 pm On all other Thursdays, June–August, join us to stroll through the Follies exhibition or to take a twilight tram tour of...

Cost: members free, $10 per nonmember

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Enjoy live music on the terrace with friends or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights will be scheduled...

Cost: Museum galleries are open with free admission every Thursday from 4–8 pm

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Slow down, settle your mind, and step into the tranquility of the Museum’s Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. Visitors can enjoy a variety of seasonal walks throughout the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Tavern Talks: Enlightened! On Thursday, June 21st from 7-9 p.m., enter into the “Age of Reason” with our latest Tavern Talks theme of the enlightenment! To be sure you are well-informed, our...

Cost: $15 for CFHS members and $20 for non-members

Where:
Barns-Brinton House
630 Baltimore Pike
PO Box 27
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-388-7376
Contact Name: Allison Schell
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Come join Truly Spiked & Sparkling as they bring free yoga to Constitution Yards Beer Garden this spring and summer! Participate in an hour long class on the third Thursday of every month thru...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Constitution Yards
308 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Cokesbury Village White Elephant Sale June 22nd & 23rd, 2018   Furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, kitchenware, tools, appliances, pictures and picture frames, luggage, lamps, and books.

Cost: 1234

Where:
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: CV Residents Association
Telephone: 302-740-0192
Contact Name: John Prince

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Trace, an exhibition of black and white fine art photography by Carlos Alejandro, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 1-29, 2018. A free opening reception to meet the artist will be...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
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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Cokesbury Village White Elephant Sale June 22nd & 23rd, 2018   Furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, kitchenware, tools, appliances, pictures and picture frames, luggage, lamps, and...

Where:
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: CV Residents Association
Telephone: 302-740-0192
Contact Name: John Prince

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Rachel Altschuler, Jim Barwick, Mary Ann Weselyk ~ New Paintings Wine & Cheese Opening Reception Friday June 1, 5 – 8 PM Bird paintings brought to life with attention to detail and bold color...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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GUARDIANS OF THE IMAGE MAKER Group Exhibition & Programs Commemorating The 1968 Riots April 6 - June 29, 2018 Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 2018                      5 - 9 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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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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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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June 22 – Friday – Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks at Hagley Presented by M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust Don’t miss Delaware’s best fireworks show! This members-only event is held each...

Cost: Tickets must be purchased in advance

Where:
Hagley Museum
298 Buck Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Cokesbury Village White Elephant Sale June 22nd & 23rd, 2018   Furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, kitchenware, tools, appliances, pictures and picture frames, luggage, lamps, and books.

Cost: 1234

Where:
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
View map »


Sponsor: CV Residents Association
Telephone: 302-740-0192
Contact Name: John Prince

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Cokesbury Village White Elephant Sale June 22nd & 23rd, 2018   Furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, kitchenware, tools, appliances, pictures and picture frames, luggage, lamps, and...

Where:
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: CV Residents Association
Telephone: 302-740-0192
Contact Name: John Prince

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June 23rd 9am-1pm, Go Wild for Rescues adoption event Are you looking for a new furry best friend?  The Brandywine Zoo Chapter of AAZK is hosting the first annual Go Wild for Rescues adoption...

Cost: Free

Where:
Outside the Brandywine Zoo Education Building
1001 N Park Dr
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo AAZK Chapter
Contact Name: Katlyn Muse
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Rachel Altschuler, Jim Barwick, Mary Ann Weselyk ~ New Paintings Wine & Cheese Opening Reception Friday June 1, 5 – 8 PM Bird paintings brought to life with attention to detail and bold color...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Riverfront Wilmington Flea in the spring? How exciting! Shake off the gloomy cold and get outdoors and do something fun..you've become a couch potato!https://​www.firststatef​lea.com/

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801

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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

GUARDIANS OF THE IMAGE MAKER Group Exhibition & Programs Commemorating The 1968 Riots April 6 - June 29, 2018 Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 2018                      5 - 9 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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This workshop explores drawing on location, infusing the subject with both fact and feeling. Students will learn how to identify stories to document focusing on time, emotions and passion. As...

Cost: $110 Members, $130 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Escape Brandywine is a new, historically-immersive Escape Room presented by the Chadds Ford Historical Society! Designed like other popular escape room games, Escape...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

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

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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'We're all mad here' at The Whist! Join us Saturday June 23rd for 'Wonderland at The Whist' from 1-3pm, outside on The Whist grounds. Enjoy Tea, Tea Sandwiches, Scones and Cupcakes while...

Cost: $35/Adult — $20/Children 5-12yrs

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: (302) 658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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June 23 – Saturday – 1 to 4 p.m. Science Saturday – Mathematics in Nature Learn about Fibonacci sequences and discover how mathematics is everywhere in nature. Visitors of all ages are...

Cost: Included in admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Much like sit-ins, where people band together to make the case for change, the Wilmington Write-in aims to spark conversation and community through public storytelling. Held at the Clifford Brown...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801


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Enjoy a tour of the Museum’s Collection focused on an intriguing theme.  Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23: Local Pride: Art and Artists From Greater Wilmington 

Cost: Free for Members, Free after admission for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Delaware All-State Theatre (DAST), a not-for-profit theatrical organization, will present EVITA the last two weekends in June. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, EVITA is winner...

Cost: $12 for Students, $18 for Seniors and Military, $22 for Adults

Where:
Laird Performing Arts Center
1501 Barley Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Delaware All-State Theatre
Telephone: 302-635-0754
Contact Name: Jeffery Santoro
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