DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC)

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Until you can visit the DuPont Environmental Education Center in person, take a tour via this video produced by Lancaster Online:

New Environmental Center Connects Children to Nature
Learn about the collaborative efforts which led to the development of the DuPont Environmental Education Center (from October 2009): 

A visit to the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington, DE, can be a feast for the eyes to see. Look to the south and you will see marsh grasses blowing in the breeze across the fresh water tidal wetlands. The view northward changes to the city skyline. Directly in the center is the DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC).

The DEEC, made possible, in part, with a donation from DuPont, stands four stories high in the middle of a marsh. At the center, visiting children participate in experiential environmental education activities in a setting that illuminates nature’s diversity and attractions.

“We believe the refuge is the only facility of its kind in the United States,” said Mike Purzycki, executive director of the Riverfront Development Corporation. “It offers access to a thriving wildlife habitat and nature programming in the midst of an urban setting.”

DuPont is also making contributions through its Clear Into the Future® initiative, where employees partner with a local environmental organization to develop classroom curriculum.

“We are pleased to be part of a project that will provide environmental education in Delaware,” said Tom Connelly, DuPont executive vice president and chief innovation officer, when he addressed attendees at the recent grand opening. “Our hope is that some future DuPont scientists will get their start at this center.”

Russ Peterson, for whom the wildlife refuge is named, attended the center’s grand opening. Russ was a DuPont employee who worked in research, manufacturing, marketing, and management. He had an interest in civic affairs and was elected governor of Delaware in 1968. A dedicated environmentalist, he was the guiding force behind the landmark Coastal Zone Act of 1972 that protects inland bays and rivers, as well as 115 miles of coastline.