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State Park Briefs

Aug 12, 2014

Squid dissection at Cape Henlopen State Park Aug. 16

Explore the insides of the odd, elusive squid at Cape Henlopen State Park in a squid dissection program which will be offered at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Seaside Nature Center.

The program costs $5 per person, recommended for ages 5 and up with a paying adult. Preregistration is required; call 302-645-6852.

The Seaside Nature Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features aquariums, touch tanks and the Osprey Cam with live video showing a nearby osprey nest. The free Borrow-A-Bike program is available daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information on these and all programs offered in Delaware State Parks is available at destateparks.com.

Nautical Knot Accessories classes Wednesdays through Aug. 20

The public is invited to make their very own Nautical Knot Accessories with the help of Delaware Seashore State Park staff at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 20.  Each week, one of three unique knot techniques will be offered on a rotating schedule: Turks Head Knot Bracelets, Monkey Fist Key Chains and Sheet Bend Knot Bracelets.

This program is suitable for ages 12 and up, and the program fee is $10 per person. All materials and instruction will be provided. Space and materials are limited, so preregistration is required. Call ahead, 302-227-6991, to find out which knot is being offered each week and to register.

Heroes of the past at the Indian River Life-Saving Station through Aug. 19

Children and parents are invited to discover the amazing history of the United States Life-Saving Service in the park’s newest history program for kids, Surfman Superheroes, offered at 10 a.m., Tuesdays through Aug. 19.

The surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service were considered national heroes at the turn of the century. The Surfmen Superheroes program will allow children stories, tales of heroism, and even a life-sized board game. Finishing with a child-friendly tour of the Indian River Life-Saving Station, children will discover how the heroes of yesterday relate to heroes of today.

This program is for children ages 4 and older. Admission is $4 per child. Parents must stay but will not be charged admission. Preregistration is required; call 302-227-6991.

Free yoga on the beach Aug. 16 and 17

Delaware Seashore State Park is teaming up with Balance Yoga & Wellness Studio to offer the final yoga programs of the summer at 8:15 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17. The public is invited to come to the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and experience a unique morning on the beach led by an experienced instructor. These programs are free, but donations are welcome and will be used to support and maintain the museum.

No preregistration is required. For more information, call 302-227-6991. For information on this or other programs at Delaware Seashore State Park, visitdestateparks.com.

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 IRLSS@state.de.us 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 destateparks.com.

Kayak eco-tours at Delaware Seashore State Park through Aug. 15

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering kayak eco-tours through the salt marshes of Rehoboth Bay at 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays through Fridays through Aug. 15. In addition to learning how to kayak with the help of trained instructors, paddlers will explore the ecology of the Rehoboth Bay and enjoy a unique view of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station.

The program meets at Savages Ditch Road where participants will launch kayaks into a section of Rehoboth Bay known as Station Cove. Along the way, park interpreters will discuss the history behind this name, and identify the birds, plants, and marine life that call the salt marsh home.

The fee is $35 per person, and participants must be at least 13 years old. Closed-toe shoes, water bottles and sun protection are musts. Preregistration is required as space is limited. For more information or to preregister, call the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991 or visit destateparks.com.

Kids ages 6-9 can enjoy Junior Nature Rangers Program through Aug. 14

Experience Cape Henlopen State Park and its wildlife through games, crafts, and exploration in the Junior Nature Rangers Program for ages 6-9. Participants will meet at the Seaside Nature Center in the park every Thursday through Aug. 14 at 3 p.m.

Program topics change weekly and include camouflage, dolphins, sharks, and more. The program costs $3 per child. Space is limited; call 302-645-6852 for information or to preregister.

Cape Henlopen is offering a variety of family programs this summer. For more information, visit www.destateparks.com or call 302-645-6852.

The Seaside Nature Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the free Borrow-A-Bike program is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park entrance fees are in effect.

Beat the Heat program meets Fridays through Aug. 15 at Cape Henlopen


Catch a break from the summer’s heat and humidity by enjoying an indoor auditorium program at Cape Henlopen State Park. The Beat the Heat program will meet weekly on Fridays through Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. Topics rotate each week and include crabs, sharks, Cape history, and other subjects.

This free program meets at the Seaside Nature Center. Preregistration is recommended; call 302-645-6852.

Cape Henlopen is offering a variety of family programs this summer. For more information, visit www.destateparks.com or call 302-645-6852. The Seaside Nature Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the free Borrow-A-Bike program is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park entrance fees are in effect.

Paddling Thompson Island Aug. 22 and 29

Delaware Seashore State Park naturalists will lead kayak trips at 9 a.m., Fridays, Aug. 22 and 29, through Rehoboth Bay and into the area of the Thompson Island Nature Preserve.

This program will explore the history of the island and take an exclusive look into its significance as a habitat for local wildlife including osprey, egrets, herons, and much more. This is an excellent opportunity for birding on the water and getting a close-up look at this limited-access area.

This trip is recommended only for those with previous kayaking experience and is not intended for beginners. The course travels approximately five miles in total and will take participants from the open bay into marshland areas.

Preregistration is required as space is limited. For more information or to register, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991 or visit destateparks.com.

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