Delaware Nature Society, Inc.

Educating today. Preserving for tomorrow.

aka D.N.S.   |   Hockessin, DE   |  www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Mission

Delaware Nature Society’s mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. Founded in 1964, we are the state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation. We provide the tools for communities to take action to protect the environment through land preservation, wildlife habitats, and watershed stewardship. We manage 2,000 acres of land, including 4 nature preserves, educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are focused on: Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters and Protecting Habitats & Wildlife. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.

Ruling year info

1965

Interim Executive Director

Joanne McGeoch

Main address

PO Box 700

Hockessin, DE 19707 USA

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Formerly known as

Delaware Nature Education Society

EIN

51-6018321

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Environmental Education, Citizen Science and Watershed Education

Our environmental education programs serve children, families and adults. We reach 33,000 school students annually in 5 counties (in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland), and over 98,000 visitors to our sites, who participate in programs that focus on connection to nature, citizen science and deeper experiences to inspire actions to improve the environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Our Conservation department works to preserve and protect the water we drink, the air that we breathe, the lands that our food comes from, and the natural areas that we enjoy. Protecting and restoring our natural resources directly enhances our quality of life, providing recreational opportunities like birding, fishing and hiking while protecting wildlife and native plants.

Our conservation programs encourage citizen involvement; from Stream Watch and Certified Wildlife Habitat programs-to Hawk Watch and bird banding; programs are intended to preserve, protect, steward and inspire active engagement in conservation initiatives for the benefit of biodiversity and the environment.
Our land management and conservation easements involve public and private land owners in land conservation practices that work to protect wildlife, natural resources and biodiversity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

For decades, the Delaware Nature Society has worked aggressively, through a scientific, fact-based approach, to be a leading voice encouraging conservation and protection of our region's natural resources. We have worked to gain funding for farmland and open space preservation, protect threatened and endangered species such as the red knot, and advocate for sound, environmentally responsible energy policies.
In 2015, along with our partners Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Center for the Inland Bays, we launched a statewide clean water campaign. The Clean Water Campaign built an alliance of over 50+ stakeholders in DE to: support sustainable funding for clean water; ensure that funding emphasized green infrastructure projects; ensured funding access for underserved communities; as well as, educating and connecting residents to their local waterways to empower them to take action to improve water quality. As a result, in 2021 The Clean Water for Delaware Act was passed.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Coverdale Farm Preserve is a 377-acre agricultural and nature preserve. Coverdale includes many unique landscape types – woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and farmland –an exceptionally diverse ecosystem that is available for study and personal learning. Nearly half the acreage is dedicated as a Nature Preserve with the highest conservation and preservation protections available, which is managed for biodiversity, (including wildlife habitat –long-eared owls, barred owls, red tailed hawks, and 231 identified bird species nest and migrate through Coverdale) and watershed stewardship (Burrows Run, a tributary of the Red Clay Creek Watershed runs through the Preserve), and regenerative agriculture (pasture raised chicken, turkeys, cows and sheep). Approximately 160acres is managed through using regenerative agriculture method including a pasture-raised poultry program (200+ hens and 100+ turkey) and intensive organic vegetable production for distribution in our community and on-site market.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

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Delaware Nature Society, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Eric J. Brinsfield

Dan Barbato

Kevin Donnelly

Pamela Finkelman

Ellen Kohler

Dawn Rittenhouse

Roland Wall

Marian Young

Eric Brinsfield

Adele McIntosh

Frederick Greenewalt

Nicki Taylor

Andy Wetherill

E. Bradford du Pont, Jr

Margaretta Frederick

Richard Stuckey

Suzanne Smith

Mary Peck

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes