Center for the Inland Bays

To preserve, protect, and restore Delaware's Inland Bays and their watershed.

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$5,000 goal

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About Center for the Inland Bays

Mission: To preserve, protect, and restore Delaware's Inland Bays and their watershed.

If you live or vacation in south coastal Delaware, the Inland Bays are right in your backyard! Three shallow bays, the Rehoboth Bay, Indian River Bay, and Little Assawoman Bay, lie just behind a narrow spit of land in sight of the Atlantic Ocean. They serve as the backbone of Delaware’s coastal resort area that stretches north to Cape Henlopen, at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, and south to the Town of Fenwick Island and the Maryland state line.

As estuaries, the Inland Bays are a place where the rivers meet the sea in an explosion of biological productivity. Home to hundreds of species, they are a nursery for important fish, shellfish, and migratory bird populations, making them vital to the protection of marine ecosystems in Delaware. Through their enhancement of tourism, outdoor recreation, and real estate, the Bays also support a thriving coastal economy.

The Center for the Inland Bays is a private nonprofit established by the Delaware General Assembly to study the health of the Bays, educate the public and decision-makers about their importance, and implement restoration projects to address pollution and habitat degradation. The Center primarily serves the 234,225 residents of Sussex County, though all who work in and visit the area benefit from the Center’s work.

The James Farm Ecological Preserve, located on the shores of Indian River Bay near Ocean View, is an important component of the Center's work to educate people of all ages about the importance of the Inland Bays and provide opportunities for them to strengthen their connection with the natural world. The Preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk and admission is always free. To learn more about the Preserve and its educational offerings, click here.

All of the Center's efforts are supported by a robust volunteer program and donors like you. We hope you'll join us in our efforts to protect and restore these vital natural resources! To engage with us beyond the Do More 24 campaign, join our mailing list at and follow us on social media!