Welcome to Fair Hill Nature Center
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To inspire stewardship and community through environmental education.
We envision a future where people are happier and healthier because of time spent learning, playing, investigating, and protecting our natural world. We see the word "community" being expanded to include not only humans, but all of the other parts of the Earth as well: soils, waters, plants, and animals. And when we treat all parts of our community with respect, we all thrive.
On average, American children spend only 7 minutes a day outside and over 7 hours on a screen, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Childhood obesity and ADHD are at an all time high.
Just one hour a day of outdoor education or free-play is shown to improve mental and physical health, academic achievement, creativity, and reduce stress. Kids who are exposed to an environmental education curriculum are also more likely to go into STEM fields as adults.
Please help us in our important work today!
Fair Hill Nature Center at a Glance
Fair Hill Environmental Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 dedicated to environmental education and connecting people to nature. We operate the Fair Hill Nature Center in William duPont Jr.’s historic fox hunting lodge, located in the 5,600 acres of the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area. We serve over 7,500 people annually, including 5,200 public school students.
What We Do
We provide high quality environmental education to over 5,000 Cecil County Public School elementary students. In addition we serve home schools, private schools and daycares. Our curriculums include ecosystems, water quality, watersheds, soil science, and food chains. Children also get to meet and learn about our animal ambassadors Jake, Kai, Axel, Ruby, Spot and Bernate!
We are the very proud host of Boy Scout Troop 302. They meet at the Nature Center and have provided a tremendous amount of service hours and capital improvements to our facility over the years.
Each year we host Cecil County high school students in grades 9-12 competing in the Envirothon. This state-wide competition provides a fun and exciting way to learn about the natural world around them. Topics include forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and a 5th rotating current environmental topic.
"Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better."