Division of Parks and Recreation

The DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 20,000 acres in 17 state parks, manages state nature preserves, and monitors conservation easements protecting more than 4,000 acres of land. The division preserves cultural and historic resources, from a Civil War-era fort to elegant estates. And it provides a wide variety of recreational and educational opportunities for Delawareans and visitors.

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Your Outdoor Adventure Starts Here

Find information on Delaware’s state parks, outdoor attractions, marinas and natural areas managed by the Division of Parks and Recreation. Or explore the Play Outside map.

Park Planning

The Planning, Preservation and Development Section administers land acquisition and protection and coordinates planning, designing and construction of new facilities within Delaware’s State Parks.

Open Space

The Open Space Program, guided by the Delaware Open Space Council, coordinates the acquisition of open space, natural areas, forests, wildlife habitat and greenways.

Natural Areas and Nature Preserves

The Delaware Natural Areas Preservation System ensures that Delawareans understand and appreciate natural communities and benefit from the natural, scientific, educational, aesthetic, recreational and cultural values they possess.

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