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Explore nature and science outside on the museum grounds.

Evolution Trail

This 1,500-foot loop trail covers 4.6 billion years, from the formation of Earth to the present day. Take the trail to the right, and you go back in time. Take the trail to the left, and you’ll go forward. Trace the evolution of the planet we call home from the appearance of single cell organisms, to the emergence of complex early life, to the dawn and death of the dinosaurs, and to the present time. Only at the very end—in the last three feet—does the trail reveal the birth of our own species: Homo sapiens. 

Wildflower & Native Grass Meadow

This meadow is a field of grasses, wildflowers, and a few woody shrubs. The lack of trees lets the sun shine down. Spaces between clumps of grass create nesting areas, shelter, and travel paths for birds and other small animals. Tall grasses provide cover from predators, such as hawks, and a safe place for breeding.

Pollinator Garden

The Pollinator Garden contains native plants such as purple coneflowers and milkweed to help attract butterflies and other wildlife, such as hummingbirds, beetles, and caterpillars. There’s a bench to take a moment to view garden, as well as peek at the meadow and the trail into the woods. The view is different every season!

Delaware Rocks!

Delaware Rocks! features 14 large boulders – all from Delaware – within a 1,500-square-foot area planted with a variety of perennial ground covers, grasses, ferns and flowers. The display teaches visitors broadly about geology, as well as more specifically about Delaware and its unique place in geological history. The display is located between the upper and middle parking lots of the museum.

Nature Trail

Please note: the Larry F. Scott Nature Trail is closed indefinitely due to damage from the recent storm.

The Larry F. Scott Nature Trail is a mile-long path through the woodlands and wetlands behind the museum. There is also an outdoor classroom used for school tours and summer camp, as well as a fire pit. 

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