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State Park Briefs

Dec 01, 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 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 Dec. 5 at DSSP

Many Delaware residents and visitors are well into the fall fishing season. Many people can get out on the beach and catch a fish but are unsure of what steps to take to get that fish from the hook to the dinner plate.

Delaware Seashore State Park will be offering a new program at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, that will teach those anglers how to safely prepare a fish for dinner. Gilled to Grilled 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. Pre-registration is required. It 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. For more information or to register, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991 or go to destateparks.com.

Make a sea glass pendant Dec. 6 at DSSP

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 at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, and learn how to turn it into a jewelry pendant using simple wire-wrap techniques. 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 by calling 302-227-6991. More information is available at destateparks.com.

Sea glass jewelry classes Dec. 13 at DSSP

Park staff invites the public to back-to-back classes instructing how to create one-of-a-kind sea glass jewelry sets on Saturday, Dec. 13. The 10 a.m. class features the classic sea glass pendant program where participants will create necklace pendants while learning the basics of wire-wrapping technique. The 1 p.m. class will feature the newest class addition, earrings. Building upon the techniques taught in the pendant class, participants can create their own earring set using a more difficult and abstract wrapping method. 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 each individual program is $15 and includes all materials and instruction. The classes are suitable for ages 12 and up and those under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Preregistration is required by calling 302-227-6991.

Lantern tours of the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum Dec. 13

The public is invited to Delaware Seashore State Park at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, to step back in time and experience the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum just as the surfmen would have at the turn of the century: by lantern light. Interpreters in period dress will recount the daily lives, hardships and triumphs of those working for the United States Life-Saving Service. 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 sands over 100 years ago.

The program fee is $10 per person, and preregistration is required. Participants should dress for the weather.

The Indian River Life-Saving Station is on Route 1, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach. For more information and to register, call 302-227-6991 or visit destateparks.com.

 

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