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  Archived Posts From: 2012

Learning from the River

Written on: July 31st, 2012 in Education & OutreachNERRSt. Jones ReserveStewardship

How better to learn about a watershed than to experience it? On July 12, 2012 teachers from several states participated in a watershed tour of the St. Jones River coordinated by the Reserve in collaboration with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (the Partnership).  The tour is one component of the Partnership’s annual watershed workshop for teachers.   The teachers explored the history, habitats, impacts, and the restoration efforts occurring in and along the St. Jones River in Kent County, Delaware.  At each stop along the tour teachers had the opportunity to interact with scientists, resource managers, and environmental educators about the importance of the St. Jones River; how it was impacted in the past; what impacts it today; and how it is being protected for tomorrow.   If you want to learn more about the St. Jones River visit the St. Jones Reserve south of the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, DE.


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The Land Where Our Forefather Roamed

Written on: July 2nd, 2012 in Education & OutreachSt. Jones ReserveStewardship

If you have ever visited the St. Jones Reserve you may know that we are neighbors of the John Dickinson Plantation. At one time the St. Jones Reserve property was owned by the Dickinson family during the 18th century. Mr. Dickinson was called the “Penman of the Revolution” because he was known for his Letters of a Pennsylvania Farmer to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies. John was a politician but he identified himself as a farmer. His cattle once grazed on salt meadow hay in the upper marsh surrounding the St. Jones River. He also saw the need to be a conservationist.  As he watched the trees in the area being depleted, he instituted a policy on his land where only dead tree material was to be utilized for building and repair.

If you are looking for something to do this 4th of July week , visit the John Dickinson Plantation and the St. Jones Reserve to see the land where our forefather once roamed. For more information about John Dickinson and the Plantation visit. If you have ever visited the St. Jones Reserve you may know that we are neighbors of the John Dickinson Plantation. At one time the St. Jones Reserve property was owned by the Dickinson family during the 18th century. Mr. Dickinson was called the “Penman of the Revolution” because he was known for his Letters of a Pennsylvania Farmer to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies. John was certainly a politician but he identified himself as a farmer. His cattle once grazed on salt meadow hay in the upper marsh lands surrounding the St. Jones River. He also became a conservationist as he saw the tress being depleted he instituted a policy on his land where only dead tree material was to be utilized for building and repair. John Dickinson Plantation on the web.  Please note that the Reserve and Plantation are closed on the 4th but opened other days of the week.


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