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St. Jones Reserve of the Delaware NERR
818 Kitts Hummock Rd.
Dover, DE 19901
Nature Preserve: Birding, Hike, Picnic, Walk, Wildlife
The Delaware Reserve consists of two components: 1,180 acres of freshwater wetlands, ponds and forest lands in Blackbird Creek; and 3,750 acres of salt marsh and open water habitats on the St. Jones River on Delaware Bay. The St. Jones Reserve component is located on the north shore of the St. Jones River, off Kitts Hummock Road, south of Dover in Kent County and includes a portion of Delaware Bay. The St. Jones Center for Estuarine Studies at the Reserve is open to the public and provides hiking trails, hands-on interactive activities and exhibits, restoration demonstration areas as well as a variety of programs and volunteer opportunities for the community, teachers, students, and families. The Center also supports ongoing research and monitoring, field studies, citizen monitoring programs, and training opportunities for coastal decision makers. Visitors are welcome to tour the St. Jones Center for Estuarine Studies (offices, displays and fish tanks), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed on official State holidays) and enjoy the wonders of estuaries through our interpretive exhibits. The trails are open from dawn to dusk 7 days a week and free of charge. Take note of posted signs during hunting seasons which may result in area closures.