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Abbott's Mill Nature Center

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15411 Abbotts Pond Rd, Milford, DE 19963-3549
+1 302-422-0847
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It is a great place to learn about nature or go for a walk. It has some great historical value as... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Milford, Delaware
Great trails, new things coming

Have done a few day trips to walk the winding trails. Been to the nature center and toured the... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2017
Milford, Delaware
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Abbott’s Mill Nature Center encompasses a picturesque pond surrounded by meadows, streams, woodlands, swamps, wetlands, a historic gristmill, and a modern education building. At the heart of Abbott’s is the 377-acre Milford Millponds Nature Preserve, where 5 miles of free trails wind their way through woodlands to meadows as wildflowers, birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and insects flourish. Additionally, our 108-acre Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve, located in the Town of Slaughter Beach, is used for seasonal education programs and hosts a new pair of nesting Ospreys. Built in 1802, and on the National Register of Historic Places, Ainsworth Abbott’s Mill is a preserved, working gristmill run solely by a water turbine, and features both a stone & roller mill operation. Public tours of the Mill are offered every 3rd Saturday, March – November, from 2 – 3:30 pm. Educational programs for the public, schools, and scouts are offered year-round for all ages. Our Visitor Center is pet friendly and offers a variety of free exhibits including an aquatic touch tank. Abbott’s serves as a partnership between the Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs, the Division of Fish & Wildlife, and the Delaware Nature Society, a state-wide, 6,000 member, non-profit organization whose mission is to improve our environment by connecting people to the natural world through education, advocacy, and conservation. DNS members receive reduced pricing for programs, free canoe rentals on Abbott’s Pond, and discounts at local retail affiliates. We are located just 4 miles from downtown Milford, DE, at 15411 Abbotts Pond Road, off Rt. 36. The Visitor Center is open year round Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and during April – November on Saturday & Sunday as well, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Trails are open for hiking, biking, and dog walking every day from dawn to dusk, including a 5K cross-country trail adjoined to Blair’s Pond.
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15411 Abbotts Pond Rd, Milford, DE 19963-3549
+1 302-422-0847
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

It is a great place to learn about nature or go for a walk. It has some great historical value as well.

Thank Corpsman51
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Have done a few day trips to walk the winding trails. Been to the nature center and toured the mill. Mill can be HOT on hot days - be warned! "2nd Thursdays" begins in 2017, June - August and I look forward to it. Took...More

1  Thank T7622XSkathyw
Reviewed 6 March 2017

With a small child I plan on going back many times. I'm pleased they are taking such great care of a place like this, and expanding associated educational opportunities for kids. It's great for others as well, if you like nature and/or history or simply...More

Thank TNorla
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Abbotts Mill is a fantastic place. They not only show much about nature and wildlife, they have classes in many interests. It is a peaceful place to visit.

Thank Rainbow H
Reviewed 7 August 2016

The Nature Center, maintained by the Delaware Nature Society, is just a few miles west of Milford. It is a wonderful place to visit and get out in nature on the well maintained hiking trails through 100 acres of pine forest, restored meadows and wetlands....More

Thank Larry T
Reviewed 27 June 2016

For an advanced trail hiker these trails are short and relatively basic. However they are very well maintained, and still a perfect spot to take in nature! Wooded areas, small ponds, fields, and farm land. Frogs, squirrels, LOTS of dragon flies, even a friendly cat....More

Thank HMCola
Reviewed 8 June 2016

I recently visited Abbott's Mill, near Milford, DE, in part to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Abbott's Mill Nature Center, along with the restoration of the Mill. The Mill is located across the road from a manmade millpond which has a small dam that...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 25 April 2016

The nature center is a wonderful place to share time with nature and with your family. My two granddaughters have enjoyed making fairy houses in the woods after a summer program about our local surroundings. The center offers many school groups a chance to learn...More

Thank Debbie K
Reviewed 6 November 2015 via mobile

We pulled into the center and one of the staff immediately told us where the best hiking and biking trails were. We ended up having time to do the trails around the mill and out into some of the woods. They were well marked and...More

1  Thank Allison C
Reviewed 24 July 2015

From taking courses here, to being on the trail and trying seining, this is a GREAT place to relish in what Delaware has to offer. Check here regularly for classes, for appreciating the ecosystems we have in DE, and a field trip to remind individuals...More

1  Thank HarryBrake72
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