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small park with a small price.
Feb 18, 2015 by: Joseph L from
I work a school for special needs children and sometimes we take our students there for community outings. Sometimes the staff are helpful other times not as much.As far as the sights go it really depends on the time of year that you go.Much more to do in the spring and summer. If you go be sure to use bug spray as they can be bad at times. Relatively inexpensive outing.
excellent audio tours!
Dec 27, 2014 by: legorefugee from Finksburg, Maryland
We took 8 upper-elementary school aged kids here because we were studying the Underground Railroad and heard that they had an applicable audio-tour. Each of us got headphones with a digital player. There were many different trails to choose from. You choose the audio tour number you want then walk to the numbered markers to listen to the audio tour. The kids loved it! We were doing the Underground Railroad tour and I really loved how the audio really helped the kids visuallize what life may have been like for a runaway slave in that area. The audio had many first-hand accounts read by voice actors that really made the experience come alive. The kids didn't want to stop listening at the end of the tour and were listening to other tours just for the fun of it. This is a beautiful park with nicely kept trails. They have a very impressive list of programs throughout the year as well. I definitely want to take the whole family there again.
A special place to learn about the Environment and Ecology of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Sep 16, 2014 by: RuthRogersClausen from Easton, Maryland
If you are looking for a manicured arboretum with groomed specimens of rare plants, you are in the wrong place. The arboretum is maintained as a natural place showcasing native plants of the Delmarva Peninsula. It focuses on educating the public on how to manage natural areas of the region especially on protecting the Chesapeake bay and other waterways that are endangered. They offer classes and programs for children including summer camp, guided dog walks, Shakespeare in the meadow, symposia and conferences. The nursery propagates native plants and raises funds at its spring and fall plant sales. Hiking trails are sometimes rough so be prepared for a good hike; use bug spray! Trail guides are available in the Visitor Center Shop where you will also find free tea and coffee, gifts for adults and kids of all ages, and a good selection of up-to-date books. Great staff, lovely place, especially for those interested in ecology, and the environment. An unusual gem.
May 26, 2014 by: TravelinGoof from Newark, Delaware
My family (3 adults) and I took a drive from Delaware with our two dogs to check out this arboretum that to our surprise was dog friendly. This was probably the only good part of the day, as there is definitely lots of trails to explore with your dogs. But that's about it, there wasn't any nice areas displaying any sort of special trees or plants (like the Morris & Tyler arboretums in PA), most of it was overgrown or in a natural state. Normally this wouldn't bother us, we love nature and walking trails etc. but why advertise as an arboretum when it just looks like any old piece of land with forests and fields. State parks offer more nature to see, with less price for admission. Also, the maps and signs were confusing at times so we gave up looking for highlights in the area and ended up just wandering around. We did enjoy the cute, friendly goats, but overall it wasn't worth the price of admission, even with using a discount coupon. Please note, if you decide to go to this arboretum, please take some extra precautions and either pack with you, or use the bug spray provided (a box attached to a pole outside of the gift shop) before walking on the trails. Unfortunately none of us used any bug spray and all three of us and both dogs had several ticks on our bodies when we got back to the car, including in my hair and two managed to get under the leg of jeans. We didn't go off the trails or do anything abnormal. Tick season is definitely in full swing in this area!
Save your time and money
May 22, 2014 by: Joy of Travel H from Duncannon, Pennsylvania
The parking lot is the best part of this attraction. After paying $5 per we we told to make sure we visited the goats. The goats were there to eat the honeysuck which has overrun the area. If you want to spend 1/2 hour walking around a a few acres of catterpillar invested scub land then by all means stop in. My advise is if you want to contribute to this tourist trap is to through the money out the window as you drive by and continue to the park to walk the trails.
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