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BRANDYWINE CREEK STATE PARK


About the Park

Brandywine Creek State Park is divided by grey stone walls that were built of local stone in the late 1800s, when the property was a dairy farm owned by the du Pont family. Three nature preserves are located within the park, including: Tulip Tree Woods, a majestic stand of 190-year-old tulip poplar, and Freshwater Marsh, the first nature preserve in Delaware. The area became a state park in 1965.

On the Water

Boy sitting on the banks of Brandywine Creek with a fishing pole

Anglers can fish for small mouth bass, bluegill, and crappie in Brandywine Creek, and for trout in Wilson’s Run (fishing license and trout stamp required). Canoeing, kayaking and tubing are also popular ways to experience the Brandywine. Canoeing is offered through the park's interpretive programs, and local outfitters rent canoes, kayaks and tubes.

Outdoor Recreation

The park maintains trails for fitness, wildlife observation, and photography; try the Rocky Run Trail or the Brandywine Trail that winds along the creek.

The open meadows are excellent for picnics, kite flying, and disc golf, and in the winter, for sledding and cross-country skiing.

An extensive meadow management program, active bluebird population program, and variety of habitats make Brandywine Creek State Park an outstanding place to see wildflowers, songbirds, deer, and other flora and fauna. Many species of hawks can be seen migrating over the valley from mid-September to mid-November.

Nature Preserves

Tulip Tree Woods Nature Preserve – surrounded by a three-foot stone wall this nature preserve contains old growth Tulip Poplar. This forest canopy also includes American Beech, Red Oak, Black Oak, and White Oak. The forest floor is carpeted with spring ephemeral wildflowers including Nodding Trillium, and Blood Root.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only), parking at Nature Center parking lot, bathrooms in Nature Center

Acreage: 24 acres

Flint Woods Nature Preserve – The Flint Woods Nature Preserve protects over 40 acres of mature Piedmont hardwood forest. The Preserve contains a Golden Saxifrage Forested Seep Community, of which there are fewer than six known to occur in the state. It serves as an anchor, along with Brandywine Creek State Park to the south, for more than 2,000 acres of protected lands (including 1100 acres of Conservation Easements and private Nature Preserves) creating a corridor between Brandywine Creek State Park and open space in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Brandywine Creek watershed. Six first order streams that ultimately flow to Brandywine Creek originate on the Flint Woods Nature Preserve. Two of these flow northward into Pennsylvania.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only), parking along Rt. 52 in Centreville, DE

Acreage: 138 acres

Upcoming Events

Spring Break Nature Camp (Pennsylvania)

Monday, April 6, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Take a break from the classroom and spend your week outside! Each day we will explore the park in a different way. Monday we look at animals, Tuesday we experiment with science, Wednesday we fish and learn about water, Thursday we create art, and Friday we learn survival skills and have a campfire! Join us all week or for just a day or two, and enjoy fun games, exciting hikes, interesting crafts, and neat lessons with our park naturalists!

Add to Calendar 4/6/2020 12:00:00 AM 4/10/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Spring Break Nature Camp (Pennsylvania) Take a break from the classroom and spend your week outside! Each day we will explore the park in a different way. Monday we look at animals, Tuesday we experiment with science, Wednesday we fish and learn about water, Thursday we create art, and Friday we learn survival skills and have a campfire! Join us all week or for just a day or two, and enjoy fun games, exciting hikes, interesting crafts, and neat lessons with our park naturalists! Brandywine Creek State Park

Spring Break Nature Camp (Delaware)

Monday, April 13, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Take a break from the classroom and spend your week outside! Each day we will explore the park in a different way. Monday we look at animals, Tuesday we experiment with science, Wednesday we fish and learn about water, Thursday we create art, and Friday we learn survival skills and have a campfire! Join us all week or for just a day or two, and enjoy fun games, exciting hikes, interesting crafts, and neat lessons with our park naturalists!

Add to Calendar 4/13/2020 12:00:00 AM 4/17/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Spring Break Nature Camp (Delaware) Take a break from the classroom and spend your week outside! Each day we will explore the park in a different way. Monday we look at animals, Tuesday we experiment with science, Wednesday we fish and learn about water, Thursday we create art, and Friday we learn survival skills and have a campfire! Join us all week or for just a day or two, and enjoy fun games, exciting hikes, interesting crafts, and neat lessons with our park naturalists! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Explorers Session 1

Monday, June 15, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Every day is a new adventure! Join us this week to explore the different habitats around our park and the creatures that call them home. Visit the meadows, forest, scenic hills, and even the creek. Do themed crafts and games, and learn all about nature.

Add to Calendar 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Explorers Session 1 Every day is a new adventure! Join us this week to explore the different habitats around our park and the creatures that call them home. Visit the meadows, forest, scenic hills, and even the creek. Do themed crafts and games, and learn all about nature. Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Wonders Session 1

Monday, June 22, 2020

9 a.m.

Join us for mornings full of nature exploration and play! Each day has a fun theme: Marvelous Mammals, Homey Habitats, Insect Inspectors, Wonderful Water, and Wings & Things. Learn about the creatures that live in the park then go explore where they might live! Make fun crafts and play new and exciting games every day. On Friday we will have a craft show and presentation for the parents at 11:30 a.m.

Add to Calendar 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Wonders Session 1 Join us for mornings full of nature exploration and play! Each day has a fun theme: Marvelous Mammals, Homey Habitats, Insect Inspectors, Wonderful Water, and Wings & Things. Learn about the creatures that live in the park then go explore where they might live! Make fun crafts and play new and exciting games every day. On Friday we will have a craft show and presentation for the parents at 11:30 a.m. Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch (Session 1)

Monday, June 22, 2020

12 p.m.

Pack a lunch and join your new friends for an extra hour while you munch and chat! Maybe even play an extra game or make an extra craft if you have time. Available to all sessions of Nature Wonders (except Fridays because of the presentation at 11:30).

Add to Calendar 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/25/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch (Session 1) Pack a lunch and join your new friends for an extra hour while you munch and chat! Maybe even play an extra game or make an extra craft if you have time. Available to all sessions of Nature Wonders (except Fridays because of the presentation at 11:30). Brandywine Creek State Park

Outdoor Adventures Session 1

Monday, June 22, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Protect the park! Come join us this week to learn all about the history of the park. Learn how to help us preserve nature while exploring all that the park has to offer. Hike to the park ruins, create maps and learn about orienteering, tube down the Brandywine, and even take a trip to Fort Delaware!

Add to Calendar 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Outdoor Adventures Session 1 Protect the park! Come join us this week to learn all about the history of the park. Learn how to help us preserve nature while exploring all that the park has to offer. Hike to the park ruins, create maps and learn about orienteering, tube down the Brandywine, and even take a trip to Fort Delaware! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Arts

Monday, June 29, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Explore what nature has to offer through drawing, painting, sculpture, and other arts and crafts! Make houses for birds, paint with leaves, draw with shadows and chalk, make jewelry from rocks, draw your favorite animals, make your own art supplies, and much more!

Add to Calendar 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/3/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Arts Explore what nature has to offer through drawing, painting, sculpture, and other arts and crafts! Make houses for birds, paint with leaves, draw with shadows and chalk, make jewelry from rocks, draw your favorite animals, make your own art supplies, and much more! Brandywine Creek State Park

Water Adventures

Monday, July 6, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Cool off this week as we explore the creek, the marsh, and ponds around our park! Learn about the science of water with fun activities, games, and experiments. Play water games, fish and hike in the creek, and tube down the Brandywine! Campers must be able to swim.

Add to Calendar 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Water Adventures Cool off this week as we explore the creek, the marsh, and ponds around our park! Learn about the science of water with fun activities, games, and experiments. Play water games, fish and hike in the creek, and tube down the Brandywine! Campers must be able to swim. Brandywine Creek State Park

Wilderness Survival Session 1

Monday, July 6, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Prepare for the outdoors and learn the principles of Leave No Trace. What goes in to a survival kit? How do you use a map and compass? From knot tying and shelter building, learning about native plants, basic first aid, emergency preparedness, campfire safety, hiking the trails, and relaxing with a tubing trip down the Brandywine, this week will be full of cool lessons and fun games!

Add to Calendar 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Wilderness Survival Session 1 Prepare for the outdoors and learn the principles of Leave No Trace. What goes in to a survival kit? How do you use a map and compass? From knot tying and shelter building, learning about native plants, basic first aid, emergency preparedness, campfire safety, hiking the trails, and relaxing with a tubing trip down the Brandywine, this week will be full of cool lessons and fun games! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Wonders Session 2

Monday, July 13, 2020

9 a.m.

Join us for mornings full of nature exploration and play! Each day has a fun theme: Marvelous Mammals, Homey Habitats, Insect Inspectors, Wonderful Water, and Wings & Things. Learn about the creatures that live in the park then go explore where they might live! Make fun crafts and play new and exciting games every day. On Friday we will have a craft show and presentation for the parents at 11:30 a.m.

Add to Calendar 7/13/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Wonders Session 2 Join us for mornings full of nature exploration and play! Each day has a fun theme: Marvelous Mammals, Homey Habitats, Insect Inspectors, Wonderful Water, and Wings & Things. Learn about the creatures that live in the park then go explore where they might live! Make fun crafts and play new and exciting games every day. On Friday we will have a craft show and presentation for the parents at 11:30 a.m. Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch (Session 2)

Monday, July 13, 2020

12 p.m.

Pack a lunch and join your new friends for an extra hour while you munch and chat! Maybe even play an extra game or make an extra craft if you have time. Available to all sessions of Nature Wonders (except Fridays because of the presentation at 11:30).

Add to Calendar 7/13/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/16/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch (Session 2) Pack a lunch and join your new friends for an extra hour while you munch and chat! Maybe even play an extra game or make an extra craft if you have time. Available to all sessions of Nature Wonders (except Fridays because of the presentation at 11:30). Brandywine Creek State Park

Outdoor Adventures Session 2

Monday, July 13, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Get wet and wild! Come join us this week to learn all about water. Explore the different areas of water we have in the parks. Do a stream study, hike in the creek, go fishing, float down the Brandywine in a tube, then paddle down in a canoe, and take a trip to the water park at Killens Pond!

Add to Calendar 7/13/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Outdoor Adventures Session 2 Get wet and wild! Come join us this week to learn all about water. Explore the different areas of water we have in the parks. Do a stream study, hike in the creek, go fishing, float down the Brandywine in a tube, then paddle down in a canoe, and take a trip to the water park at Killens Pond! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Explorers Session 2

Monday, July 20, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Every day is a new adventure! Join us this week to explore the different habitats around our park and the creatures that call them home. Visit the meadows, forest, scenic hills, and even the creek. Do themed crafts and games, and learn all about nature.

Add to Calendar 7/20/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/24/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Explorers Session 2 Every day is a new adventure! Join us this week to explore the different habitats around our park and the creatures that call them home. Visit the meadows, forest, scenic hills, and even the creek. Do themed crafts and games, and learn all about nature. Brandywine Creek State Park

Naturalist Adventures

Monday, July 20, 2020

8:30 a.m.

What does a park naturalist do? Learn all about conservation, nature education, and much more as you train to be a mini naturalist! Go blue bird monitoring, orienteer through the old growth forest, meet our corn snake, Cornelius (and learn how we care for him), help search for salamanders and record data, tube down the Brandywine, and even make your own program to present at the end of the week!

Add to Calendar 7/20/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/24/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Naturalist Adventures What does a park naturalist do? Learn all about conservation, nature education, and much more as you train to be a mini naturalist! Go blue bird monitoring, orienteer through the old growth forest, meet our corn snake, Cornelius (and learn how we care for him), help search for salamanders and record data, tube down the Brandywine, and even make your own program to present at the end of the week! Brandywine Creek State Park

Wilderness Survival Session 2

Monday, July 27, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Prepare for the outdoors and learn the principles of Leave No Trace. What goes in to a survival kit? How do you use a map and compass? From knot tying and shelter building, learning about native plants, basic first aid, emergency preparedness, campfire safety, hiking the trails, and relaxing with a tubing trip down the Brandywine, this week will be full of cool lessons and fun games!

Add to Calendar 7/27/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Wilderness Survival Session 2 Prepare for the outdoors and learn the principles of Leave No Trace. What goes in to a survival kit? How do you use a map and compass? From knot tying and shelter building, learning about native plants, basic first aid, emergency preparedness, campfire safety, hiking the trails, and relaxing with a tubing trip down the Brandywine, this week will be full of cool lessons and fun games! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Scientists Session 1

Monday, July 27, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Become a Nature Scientist this week as we explore the park and perform fun and cool experiments! Build a bird’s nest from scratch, make film canister rockets, visit the marsh and learn about wetlands, explode fruit, tube down the Brandywine, make a sundial with just your friends and some chalk, learn about non-Newtonian fluids, and craft your very own egg drop container!

Add to Calendar 7/27/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Scientists Session 1 Become a Nature Scientist this week as we explore the park and perform fun and cool experiments! Build a bird’s nest from scratch, make film canister rockets, visit the marsh and learn about wetlands, explode fruit, tube down the Brandywine, make a sundial with just your friends and some chalk, learn about non-Newtonian fluids, and craft your very own egg drop container! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Scientists Session 2

Monday, August 3, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Become a Nature Scientist this week as we explore the park and perform fun and cool experiments! Build a bird’s nest from scratch, make film canister rockets, visit the marsh and learn about wetlands, explode fruit, tube down the Brandywine, make a sundial with just your friends and some chalk, learn about non-Newtonian fluids, and craft your very own egg drop container!

Add to Calendar 8/3/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Scientists Session 2 Become a Nature Scientist this week as we explore the park and perform fun and cool experiments! Build a bird’s nest from scratch, make film canister rockets, visit the marsh and learn about wetlands, explode fruit, tube down the Brandywine, make a sundial with just your friends and some chalk, learn about non-Newtonian fluids, and craft your very own egg drop container! Brandywine Creek State Park

Outdoor Adventures Session 3

Monday, August 3, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Challenge your outdoor skills! Come join us this week for an adventure in exploration. Design survival kits, orienteer through the woods, disc golf through the meadows, see who can build the best shelter, go rock climbing at our neighbors Alapocas Run, tube down the Brandywine, and learn about campfires!

Add to Calendar 8/3/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Outdoor Adventures Session 3 Challenge your outdoor skills! Come join us this week for an adventure in exploration. Design survival kits, orienteer through the woods, disc golf through the meadows, see who can build the best shelter, go rock climbing at our neighbors Alapocas Run, tube down the Brandywine, and learn about campfires! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Wonders Session 3

Monday, August 10, 2020

9 a.m.

Join us for mornings full of nature exploration and play! Each day has a fun theme: Marvelous Mammals, Homey Habitats, Insect Inspectors, Wonderful Water, and Wings & Things. Learn about the creatures that live in the park then go explore where they might live! Make fun crafts and play new and exciting games every day. On Friday we will have a craft show and presentation for the parents at 11:30 a.m.

Add to Calendar 8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/14/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Wonders Session 3 Join us for mornings full of nature exploration and play! Each day has a fun theme: Marvelous Mammals, Homey Habitats, Insect Inspectors, Wonderful Water, and Wings & Things. Learn about the creatures that live in the park then go explore where they might live! Make fun crafts and play new and exciting games every day. On Friday we will have a craft show and presentation for the parents at 11:30 a.m. Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch (Session 3)

Monday, August 10, 2020

12 p.m.

Pack a lunch and join your new friends for an extra hour while you munch and chat! Maybe even play an extra game or make an extra craft if you have time. Available to all sessions of Nature Wonders (except Fridays because of the presentation at 11:30).

Add to Calendar 8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/13/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch (Session 3) Pack a lunch and join your new friends for an extra hour while you munch and chat! Maybe even play an extra game or make an extra craft if you have time. Available to all sessions of Nature Wonders (except Fridays because of the presentation at 11:30). Brandywine Creek State Park