Brandywine Creek Nature Center

Brandywine Creek Nature Center


Brandywine Creek Nature Center

At the Brandywine Creek State Park Nature Center, you can meet Cornelius the corn snake, learn about the park and enjoy some of the best bird watching in the state all from the back porch, and see how you “measure up” to the birds of Brandywine Creek with a large wall display.

Virtual Nature Center Tour

Explore the park from anywhere! Dive into the Brandywine Creek Virtual Nature Center and discover new adventures or learn more about trails and topics that you already love. The Virtual Nature Center is home to a variety of self-guided activities from hikes to crafts to seasonal scavenger hunts. You can also explore blogs and articles written by the park naturalists.

Visit the Virtual Nature Center


Upcoming Events

Monthly Bird Walk

Saturday, March 25, 2023

8:00 AM

The monthly bird walk is back on the last Saturday of every month. Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Delaware Ornithological Society will lead the group, providing tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. Meet at nature center parking lot. Free.

Add to Calendar 3/25/2023 8:00:00 AM 3/25/2023 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Monthly Bird Walk The monthly bird walk is back on the last Saturday of every month. Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Delaware Ornithological Society will lead the group, providing tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. Meet at nature center parking lot. Free. Brandywine Creek

Frogs and Crafts

Saturday, March 25, 2023

2:00 PM

Learn to recognize some of the frog singers in our springtime chorus by painting them! Spend the afternoon with the naturalists learning about these beloved amphibians, their habitat, life cycle, and unique songs. As we chat, follow along with our artist naturalist to paint your own realistic frog figurine. Spaces very limited, $6 per person, register online.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 3/25/2023 2:00:00 PM 3/25/2023 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Frogs and Crafts Learn to recognize some of the frog singers in our springtime chorus by painting them! Spend the afternoon with the naturalists learning about these beloved amphibians, their habitat, life cycle, and unique songs. As we chat, follow along with our artist naturalist to paint your own realistic frog figurine. Spaces very limited, $6 per person, register online. Brandywine Creek

Smoking Out the Invasives

Saturday, April 1, 2023

10:00 AM

Fires are not always the worst thing to happen to a landscape — they can be incredibly rejuvenating. Take a hike through the meadows and learn about controlled burns. We will discuss why burning is good for our meadows and bad for invasive species. Free. Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov.

Add to Calendar 4/1/2023 10:00:00 AM 4/1/2023 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Smoking Out the Invasives Fires are not always the worst thing to happen to a landscape — they can be incredibly rejuvenating. Take a hike through the meadows and learn about controlled burns. We will discuss why burning is good for our meadows and bad for invasive species. Free. Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov. Brandywine Creek

Hidden Pond Hike

Saturday, April 1, 2023

1:00 PM

Come hike one of our most popular trails! Hike through the Tulip Tree Woods down to the Hidden Pond and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. Learn about the history and ecology of the area, and find the mysterious Hidden Pond. This is a rocky and somewhat hilly trail and will take us about 1.5-2 hours. Be sure to bring a full water bottle! Free. Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov.

Add to Calendar 4/1/2023 1:00:00 PM 4/1/2023 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Hidden Pond Hike Come hike one of our most popular trails! Hike through the Tulip Tree Woods down to the Hidden Pond and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. Learn about the history and ecology of the area, and find the mysterious Hidden Pond. This is a rocky and somewhat hilly trail and will take us about 1.5-2 hours. Be sure to bring a full water bottle! Free. Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov. Brandywine Creek

Full Moon Hike

Thursday, April 6, 2023

8:00 PM

Join the park's naturalists for a hike under the wide open skies and look for the beautiful full moon. Learn a bit about the moon and some of the folklore that it stars in. Discover where the moon's nicknames come from. Online registration closes 24 hours before the program. $6 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 4/6/2023 8:00:00 PM 4/6/2023 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike Join the park's naturalists for a hike under the wide open skies and look for the beautiful full moon. Learn a bit about the moon and some of the folklore that it stars in. Discover where the moon's nicknames come from. Online registration closes 24 hours before the program. $6 per person Brandywine Creek

Kite Day

Saturday, April 8, 2023

11:00 AM

Lets go fly a kite! Come enjoy the wind at hawk watch and try your hand at kite flying. Please bring your own kite. Check our Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Add to Calendar 4/8/2023 11:00:00 AM 4/8/2023 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Kite Day Lets go fly a kite! Come enjoy the wind at hawk watch and try your hand at kite flying. Please bring your own kite. Check our Facebook page for up-to-date information. Brandywine Creek

Ruins and History: Indian Springs Farm

Friday, April 14, 2023

4:00 PM

Wander back in time with the naturalists to one of the old tenant farms. See how the land has changed and explore the ruins of the old Indian Springs Farm. Learn the history of this farm as well as the surrounding area during the turn of the 20th century. This hike will be about 1 mile over rocky, muddy, and hilly terrain. $6 per person, register online.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 4/14/2023 4:00:00 PM 4/14/2023 5:30:00 PM America/New_York Ruins and History: Indian Springs Farm Wander back in time with the naturalists to one of the old tenant farms. See how the land has changed and explore the ruins of the old Indian Springs Farm. Learn the history of this farm as well as the surrounding area during the turn of the 20th century. This hike will be about 1 mile over rocky, muddy, and hilly terrain. $6 per person, register online. Brandywine Creek

Meet the Marsh: Nature Preserve Hike

Saturday, April 15, 2023

1:00 PM

Get to know the freshwater marsh at Brandywine Creek on this fun hike. We will learn about the history of the marsh while we hike down to see it and discuss why this important habitat deserves to be protected. The hike will start from Hawk Watch and the terrain will be difficult and extremely muddy on this 2 mile trail. Be sure to bring water and shoes you can get muddy in! Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 4/15/2023 1:00:00 PM 4/15/2023 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Meet the Marsh: Nature Preserve Hike Get to know the freshwater marsh at Brandywine Creek on this fun hike. We will learn about the history of the marsh while we hike down to see it and discuss why this important habitat deserves to be protected. The hike will start from Hawk Watch and the terrain will be difficult and extremely muddy on this 2 mile trail. Be sure to bring water and shoes you can get muddy in! Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov Brandywine Creek

Park Pals

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

9:30 AM

Calling all park loving 3-6 year olds! Join the naturalists for a fun new weekday morning program series. Each month we will explore a different topic with a story, craft, and (if the weather is good) an outdoor adventure! Register online, spaces limited, $5 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 4/19/2023 9:30:00 AM 4/19/2023 10:30:00 AM America/New_York Park Pals Calling all park loving 3-6 year olds! Join the naturalists for a fun new weekday morning program series. Each month we will explore a different topic with a story, craft, and (if the weather is good) an outdoor adventure! Register online, spaces limited, $5 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Brandywine Creek

Earth Day: Biodiversity of Rocky Run

Saturday, April 22, 2023

10:00 AM

In celebration of Earth Day, join us for an adventurous hike on one of our favorite trails. Explore Rocky Run and learn about the things you might find there. Meet at Thompsons Bridge, and be sure to wear sturdy shoes. This trail does include a major stream crossing, and a lot of rocky terrain. It typically takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 4/22/2023 10:00:00 AM 4/22/2023 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Earth Day: Biodiversity of Rocky Run In celebration of Earth Day, join us for an adventurous hike on one of our favorite trails. Explore Rocky Run and learn about the things you might find there. Meet at Thompsons Bridge, and be sure to wear sturdy shoes. This trail does include a major stream crossing, and a lot of rocky terrain. It typically takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov Brandywine Creek

Monthly Bird Walk

Saturday, April 29, 2023

8:00 AM

The monthly bird walk is back on the last Saturday of every month. Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Delaware Ornithological Society will lead the group, providing tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. Meet at nature center parking lot. Free.

Add to Calendar 4/29/2023 8:00:00 AM 4/29/2023 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Monthly Bird Walk The monthly bird walk is back on the last Saturday of every month. Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Delaware Ornithological Society will lead the group, providing tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. Meet at nature center parking lot. Free. Brandywine Creek

Full Moon Hike

Friday, May 5, 2023

8:30 PM

Join the park's naturalists for a hike under the wide open skies and look for the beautiful full moon. Learn a bit about the moon and some of the folklore that it stars in. Discover where the moon's nicknames come from. Online registration closes 24 hours before the program. $6 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 5/5/2023 8:30:00 PM 5/5/2023 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike Join the park's naturalists for a hike under the wide open skies and look for the beautiful full moon. Learn a bit about the moon and some of the folklore that it stars in. Discover where the moon's nicknames come from. Online registration closes 24 hours before the program. $6 per person Brandywine Creek

Hidden Pond Hike

Saturday, May 6, 2023

2:00 PM

Come hike one of our most popular trails! Hike through the Tulip Tree Woods down to the Hidden Pond and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. Learn about the history and ecology of the area, and find the mysterious Hidden Pond. This is a rocky and somewhat hilly trail and will take us about 1.5-2 hours. Be sure to bring a full water bottle! Free. Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov.

Add to Calendar 5/6/2023 2:00:00 PM 5/6/2023 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Hidden Pond Hike Come hike one of our most popular trails! Hike through the Tulip Tree Woods down to the Hidden Pond and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. Learn about the history and ecology of the area, and find the mysterious Hidden Pond. This is a rocky and somewhat hilly trail and will take us about 1.5-2 hours. Be sure to bring a full water bottle! Free. Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov. Brandywine Creek

Wildflower Walk

Sunday, May 14, 2023

11:00 AM

Celebrate your mom with a lovely walk on Mothers Day! Enjoy the beautiful colors of different flower species growing in Tulip Tree Woods, the pollinator garden and the meadows. Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 5/14/2023 11:00:00 AM 5/14/2023 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Wildflower Walk Celebrate your mom with a lovely walk on Mothers Day! Enjoy the beautiful colors of different flower species growing in Tulip Tree Woods, the pollinator garden and the meadows. Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov Brandywine Creek

Park Pals

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

9:30 AM

Calling all park loving 3-6 year olds! Join the naturalists for a fun new weekday morning program series. Each month we will explore a different topic with a story, craft, and (if the weather is good) an outdoor adventure! Register online, spaces limited, $5 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 5/17/2023 9:30:00 AM 5/17/2023 10:30:00 AM America/New_York Park Pals Calling all park loving 3-6 year olds! Join the naturalists for a fun new weekday morning program series. Each month we will explore a different topic with a story, craft, and (if the weather is good) an outdoor adventure! Register online, spaces limited, $5 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Brandywine Creek

Monthly Bird Walk

Saturday, May 27, 2023

8:00 AM

The monthly bird walk is back on the last Saturday of every month. Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Delaware Ornithological Society will lead the group, providing tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. Meet at nature center parking lot. Free.

Add to Calendar 5/27/2023 8:00:00 AM 5/27/2023 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Monthly Bird Walk The monthly bird walk is back on the last Saturday of every month. Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Delaware Ornithological Society will lead the group, providing tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. Meet at nature center parking lot. Free. Brandywine Creek