State Park Briefs
Guppy Club at Cape Henlopen State Park Dec. 12
Cape Henlopen State Park will hold its monthly Guppy Club program for ages 3-5 at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Seaside Nature Center. The theme is Forever Green, all about pine trees and forests. Be sure to dress for the outdoors. This program costs $3 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 302-645-6852 to make a reservation.
More information about programs offered at all Delaware State Parks can be found at destateparks.com.
Cape Henlopen State Park to host look at Geminid Meteor Shower Dec. 13
The staff of Cape Henlopen State Park invites the public to come and search the skies for meteors during the Geminid Meteor Shower at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, at the Seaside Nature Center. This annual spectacle is one of the best meteor showers of the year. This program is intended for ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Space is limited; call 302-645-6852 to reserve a spot and make sure to dress warmly.
The Seaside Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and the Borrow-A-Bike program is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.
Little Keepers Preschool Program Dec. 18
Delaware Seashore State Park invites children ages 3-5 and their parents to the Indian River Life-Saving Station for the Little Keepers program at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18. Each program features stories, crafts and other hands-on activities that explore various environmental and historical topics. When weather permits, the group will venture outside to explore the habitats and history of Delaware Seashore State Park.
The cost of this program is $3 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. All programs meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach. For more information or to register, call 302-227-6991 or go to destateparks.com.
Lantern Tour of Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum Dec. 20
Delaware Seashore State Park invites the public to take a step back in time for an evening tour of the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum by lantern light at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20. Interpreters in period dress will recount the daily lives and heroic rescues of the U.S. Life-Saving Service as well as venture onto the beach to share tales of tragedy and mystery that occurred on these beaches just over 100 years ago.
The program fee is $10 per person, and preregistration is required. Participants should dress for the weather. For more information and to register, call 302-227-6991 or visit destateparks.com.
Make Your Own Sea Glass Jewelry Dec. 21 at Delaware Seashore
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 in a class which begins at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21. 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 program fee 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. The Indian River Life-Saving Station is in Delaware Seashore State Park, 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet. Space and materials are limited, so preregistration is required; call 302-227-6991. More information is available at destateparks.com.
Winter Solstice Sunset Hike Dec. 21 at Burton Island
Delaware Seashore State Park invites the public to celebrate the shortest day of the year starting at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21. The Burton Island Winter Solstice Hike will take participants through one of the park’s most picturesque hiking areas to take in the sights as the sun sets over the Indian River Bay.
The program cost is $5 per person, and all ages are welcome. Preregistration is required; call 302-227-6991. All programs meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach. For more information go to destateparks.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, 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.