Community Connection

Public Education & Outreach

Overview
The mission of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is to protect public health and the environment, as well as provide quality outdoor recreation. This requires engagement with Delaware's communities and various stakeholder groups to inform and educate residents on our natural resources. It can be difficult to imagine all of the connections between a healthy environment and a person's daily life, so it is important to DNREC to increase this awareness.
Learn something new every day
You're never too old to learn something new. DNREC tailors public programs to various ages and themes to create fun and educational programs for diverse interests, including Delaware history and culture, water activities, plant and animal identification, and hiking. DNREC's calendar of events is available to see when activities and events are happening in the near future.
Fun in the sun
Each summer, many State Parks offer day camps for kids so they can get outside and play all over the state. Camp can be a great way for kids to make new friends, explore nature, and learn something new. Some even provide before or after care. While more than half of camp attendance in 2018 was focused on environmental education, there are also programs that focus on special activities, like rock climbing, trail riding, photography, and more.
Opportunities for Transitioning Veterans
The Veterans Conservation Corps provides a structured environment for veterans and/or their immediate family members to work as a team with other veterans to help maintain Delaware's beautiful state parks. The Corps helps transition military families out of military life and into the next chapter of their lives. The program functions as an 11-month internship by providing trainingcertifications, and skill-building opportunities in the realms of environmental stewardship and natural resources, along with compensation and potential education grants. The hard work of the Corps helps improve park recreation and habitat through tasks such as trail maintenance and invasive species removal. Because of their dedication, Veteran Conservation Corps awarded a total of $74,731 in National Service Trust education grants to members at the end of the 2017 program year. This program has full membership in The Corps Network and the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.
Keep it Open
It is important to maintain natural, open spaces. DNREC manages many properties, including state parks, state wildlife areas, nature preserves, and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, where educational and recreational activities can occur. Some of these locations are part of the Delaware Bayshore Byway, which attracts ecotourists and wildlife enthusiasts from near and far to take in the scenery along the Delaware Bay coast. In Fiscal Year 2017, more than 130,000 people took self-guided tours at nature centers and historical sites throughout the state.
DNREC is dedicated to educating the public about the state's natural, historical, and cultural resources. These programs are not only about learning, but they are also about having fun, maintaining relationships with communities, and volunteering to help with environmental causes.

Page reviewed 5/14/19