James Farm Ecological Preserve

Ocean View, Delaware
Client: Delaware Center for the Inland Bays in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware


For James Farm Ecological Preserve, Oasis Design Group developed a long-term master plan. The 150-acre preserve consists of upland fields, freshwater wetlands, a mixed hardwood and pine forest, salt marsh, a sandy bay beach, and a saltwater cove. Horseshoe crab surveys are conducted on the beach during spring the site is a bird watching hotspot.

Firm Accomplishments

  • Led the master plan design process and facilitated public workshops.
  • Acted as prime and worked with its sub-consultant Biohabitats, client, and stakeholders to create a comprehensive master plan that provides a framework for educational programming and ecological restoration program space and facilities.
  • Promoted, integrated and fostered ecological stewardship in the master plan.
  • Developed an overall site master plan for facilities, parking and visitor engagement along with a refinement of the existing trail system.
  • Placed effort on interpreting the various ecological ecotypes on the Preserve through an interpretive signage plan.
  • Considered the impacts of climate change on sea levels and their influence on the suggested placement of site amenities.