State Park Briefs
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.
Fillet a Fish and Eat it for Dinner Oct. 3
Delaware Seashore State Park is now offering a new program that will teach anglers how to safely prepare a fish for dinner. The program, Gilled to Grilled, will be offered at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3. Participants will have the opportunity to fillet a fish, prepare it for dinner, and enjoy a full meal. All food is included; participants just need to bring something to drink.
This program is suitable for ages 15 and up and costs $40 per person. Preregistration is required. This program meets at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach. For more information or to register, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991 or go to destateparks.com.
Fall Migration Bird Walks through Nov. 11 at Cape Henlopen State Park
A park naturalist at Cape Henlopen State Park will lead walks this fall to explore the park’s birding hot spots and search for birds during their fall migration. The group will meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday until Nov. 11. Beginning birders are welcome. Participants should bring their own binoculars; the park has a few which can be borrowed. This free program meets at the Seaside Nature Center. Call 302-645-6852 for information, or to preregister.
More information about programs offered at Cape Henlopen and all of Delaware State Parks can be found at destateparks.com.
Marsh Walk Sept. 20 at Delaware Seashore State Park
Delaware Seashore State Park is a prime location for one of Delaware’s most unique and important habitats: the Inland Bays marshlands. A park naturalist will lead an exploration of this disappearing resource at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. Participants will learn about the various plants and animals that can be found there and gain an understanding of their important role in the health of Delaware’s Inland Bays.
The fee is $4, and preregistration is required as space is limited. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and visitors should wear close-toed shoes that can get muddy.
This program meets at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach and 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet bridge. For more information or to register, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991 or at destateparks.com.
Make your own sea glass pendant Sept. 21
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.
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 takes place at 10 a.m.,Sunday, Sept. 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 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.
Make your own sea glass earrings Sept. 21
Park staff invites the public to learn how to create one-of-a-kind sea glass jewelry in a new class, Sea Glass Part II, at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21, at Delaware Seashore State Park's Indian River Life-Saving Station. Building upon the pendant class, participants will create their own earring set using a more difficult and abstract wrapping method. It is strongly recommended that participants take the pendant class first or have prior experience with wire-wrapping techniques.
The fee for each program is $15 and includes all instruction and materials including the sea glass. The classes are suitable for ages 12 and up, and those under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Preregistration is required; call 302-227-6991.
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.
Lantern Tour of Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum Sept. 26
Interpreters in period dress will recount the daily lives, hardships and triumphs of those working for the United States Life-Saving Service at the turn of the 20th century at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26. At the end of the night, participants will venture out onto the beach and hear tales of tragedy and mystery that occurred on these very beaches 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, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991 or visit destateparks.com.