Nature Center - 807 Garfield Parkway (Rt. 26)

Baldwin Trail

A Top 10 Thing To Do in Bethany Beach

Come see why the Nature Center is consistently ranked one of the top 10 Things to Do in Bethany Beach on  TripAdvisor

 Pictured above is our Baldwin Trail, home to over 100 species of wild birds, diamondback terrapins, minnows, reptiles, and amphibians.  

Open year round, the Nature Center offers event-specific pastimes designed to encourage awareness of our Inland Bays and Wetlands 

while providing hands-on activities for all ages.  Admission is free.

Contact: 302-537-7680.

Housed in one of Bethany's Historic Homes

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The Addy Cottage houses the Bethany Beach Nature Center.  It was built circa 1903 by John Addy, one of the Pittsburgh Six that founded Bethany Beach.  Located on the 26 acre Delaware land conservation trust, the property was originally owned by the heirs of the Natter Family.  In 2001 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, and the Town of Bethany Beach sucessfully funded the acquisition of this natural land to be preserved for all future generations in Bethany Beach.

It wouldn't be a Nature Center 

without Nature.

Stroll through our native plant demonstration garden.  Explore the raised bed pollinator garden.  See a rain garden or rain barrel in action.  Or explore the Baldwin Nature Trail through wetlands and maritime forest.

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Holiday Happenings Nature Center 2023 - Made with PosterMyWall

Christmas at the Cottages 2023

The Nature Center is the perfect place to go when you want a change of pace from the beach. 

See what you will discover here.

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NC Hours

Did You Know The Nature Center hosts annual events for the entire family?  Here's a peek:

The Marine Science Camp partners with the Nature Center to offer campers hands-on encounters with horseshoe crabs and pond turtles inside the cottage and an education of the marshlands, inland bays, ospreys, and pollinators found outside along the Baldwin Trail.


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JULY 1ST, 2023

Nature Center July 1st


Holiday Happenings - Saturday, December 4, 2021

Local authors Carol and Cori Burcham and a special friend were on hand for a book signing and story time featuring Goodness Gracious Golly Gee I Forgot My Christmas Tree.  The little elves even got to make reindeer food.  

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Every Day is Earth Day Celebration - Saturday, April 20, 2019  

Native Plant 

Demonstration Garden

Native Plant Demo Garden

Eric Energy - 

Making Science Fun

Eric Energy


at the pond

Envirotech at the Pond

Park Ranger Bob 

and his Bees

Park Ranger Bob and his Bees