Claude E. Phillips Herbarium
Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium is located at Delaware State University. It ranks among the top 20 percent of herbaria (collections of dried plants) in the United States. While you're there, keep a watchful eye out for the sweet goldenrod. That's Delaware's official state herb.
Tours and guided nature walks are available, but please call in advance for reservations. Brochures are also available inside the Herbarium. These can guide you along the 1/3-mile Woodland Trail, as well as the Campus Tree Walk consisting of over 90 labeled trees.
The Woodland Trail provides an excellent place to clear your head between classes. To get there, simply veer right on Loop Road after entering the school's front gate. The trailhead will be on your right-hand side between the tennis courts and a barn. If you pass a pond on your left-hand side, you have gone too far. There are no sidewalks leading to the Woodland Trail, so please be mindful of traffic.
After your visit, consider dropping in on the nearby Delaware Agricultural Museum, located on North DuPont Highway. This features a rain garden created in 2010 for the "Rain Gardens for the Bays" campaign. See how this works at RainGardensfortheBays.org. Anyone residing in the mid-Atlantic region is encouraged to participate.
Photo by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
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