Cape Gazette

State Park Briefs

Sep 30, 2014

Indian River Life-Saving Station hosts stargazing programs

The staff of the Indian River Life-Saving Station holds beginners’ stargazing programs to help people learn about the constellations and how to read a star map, and hear ancient legends inspired by the night sky.

As unpredictable weather has made scheduling difficult, staff will be monitoring  weather forecasts to pinpoint optimal dates.  Alerts will be sent out two days in advance to participants. Send an email to to get on the stargazing newsletter and alert list.

The program will take place on the beach, so participants are invited to bring their own pillow and blanket, as this park program is best enjoyed while lying down. Participants are asked to leave flashlights at home to allow eyes to adjust to the dark.

This program is appropriate for all ages and costs $6 per person. Preregistration is required. For registration and more information, call 302-227-6991 or visit

Cape Henlopen State Park offers program on Lewes’ Fishing Industry Oct. 10

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Cape Henlopen State Park offers several special presentations about the history of the park and surrounding areas. The Seaside Nature Center will be the site of a special presentation at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, on menhaden fisheries in Lewes, which grew to become the nation’s largest fishing port in the 1950s before it collapsed. This presentation will discuss the reasons for this dramatic expansion and decline in the local fishing industry. For more information on this free program, or to preregister, call the nature center at 302-645-6852.

Introduction to Surf Fishing Oct. 11

Delaware Seashore State Park invites the public to an introductory course on surf fishing starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. This class will provide beginners with a foundation of the sport including what equipment to use, current rules and regulations, fish identification, and the opportunity to practice fishing.

Participants must be at least 10 years old, and those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants must have a valid General Fishing License and Fisherman Identification Number as required by the State of Delaware.

This class is $25 per person and includes use of rod, reel, tackle, and bait. Preregistration is required as space is limited. For more information or to register, call 302-227-6991 or go to

Learn about native edible plants at Delaware Seashore State Park Oct. 11

Delaware Seashore State Parks staff will conduct a workshop at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Indian River Life-Saving Station on native plants which are abundant along Delaware’s beaches and have adapted specifically to survive the harsh conditions of a coastal habitat. Many of the plants are delicious, and completely safe for human consumption. Participants will learn how to identify these edible treasures, what they taste like, and how they can be adapted for use in everyday life. This program is geared toward adults.

The fee for this program is $6 per person and preregistration is recommended; call 302-227-6991 or visit

Hayrides through Cape Henlopen State Park Oct. 11

Take an evening hayride through Cape Henlopen State Park at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. View fall foliage, as well as deer and other wildlife, on this leisurely cruise. Hayride tickets cannot be reserved. To purchase tickets, come to the Seaside Nature Center on the day of the program. Tickets cost $5 per person and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Call the nature center at 302-645-6852 for more information. Park entrance fees are in effect.

More information about programs offered at Cape Henlopen and all of Delaware State Parks can be found at

Discover the H.M.S. DeBraak Oct. 11 at Cape Henlopen State Park

Learn the secrets of the H.M.S. DeBraak, an 18th century British man-of-war which sank off the Delaware coastline, during a special presentation at Cape Henlopen State Park at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. This program, intended for ages 10 and up with a paying adult, meets at the Seaside Nature Center and costs $5 per person. Space is limited, so call the nature center at 302-645-6852 for more information or to preregister.

Make your own sea glass pendant Oct. 12

One of the most popular activities in Delaware Seashore State Park is to comb the undeveloped beaches for seashells and other signs of marine life. Occasionally, park visitors are lucky enough to spot pieces of sea glass that have washed up in the surf.

The public is invited to bring a favorite piece of sea glass and learn how to turn it into a jewelry pendant using simple wire-wrap techniques. The class is set for 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12. Those who haven’t found the perfect piece yet will be able to choose a piece of sea glass from the park’s collection.

The fee for the program is $15, which includes all materials and instruction. The class is suitable for ages 12 and up, and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Space and materials are limited, so registration is required; call 302-227-6991. More information is available at

CHSP seeks volunteers for Fantasy Trail Oct. 24-26

For 26 years, Cape Henlopen State Park has offered children and their families a fun, safe event to wear their Halloween costumes, enjoy live entertainment, and meet their favorite fictional characters along a trick-or-treat trail.

CHSP has opportunities for costumed characters, pumpkin carvers for jack-o-lanterns, costume designers plus lots of other work. Individuals, families, and groups are welcome.

For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, contact the volunteer coordinator at 302-644-5005 or the Seaside Nature Center at 302-645-6852.

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