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State Park Briefs

Sep 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 Sept. 5 and 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., Fridays, Sept. 5 and 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.

Learn about native edible plants Sept. 6 at Delaware Seashore State Park

Native plants are abundant along Delaware’s beaches and have adapted to survive the harsh conditions of a coastal habitat. Many are also 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 and takes place indoors at the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6.

The fee for this program is $6 per person, and preregistration is recommended. For more information or to preregister, call 302-227-6991 or visit destateparks.com.

Driving on the Beach Sept. 6 and 14 at Cape Henlopen State Park

Cape Henlopen State Park is continuing its Driving on the Beach workshops during September. Park rangers and veteran surf fishermen will teach the park rules and guidelines, plus provide plenty of tips and tricks for a successful, stuck-free day of surf fishing. Workshops will meet at the Seaside Nature Center at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 14. The fee is $5 per person. Space is limited, so call 302-645-6852 for information or to preregister.

The Seaside Nature Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Borrow-A-Bike program is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Park entrance fees are in effect.

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

Guppy Club preschool program Sept. 11 at CHSP

The Guppy Club for 3- to 5-year-olds meets monthly at Cape Henlopen State Park as youngsters discover secrets of nature through activities, games, crafts, and outdoor adventures.

In Bugging Out! at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, children will search the park for insects and other creepy-crawly critters. This program meets at the Seaside Nature Center and costs $3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dress for the outdoors. Space is limited, so call 302-645-6852 for information or to preregister. Park entrance fees are in effect.

'Delaware's Ghost Towers' Sept. 12 at CHSP

To celebrate the varied history of coastal Delaware, Cape Henlopen State Park will host special guest speakers to recount stories of important local events. At 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, William Grayson, the author of "Delaware’s Ghost Towers," will discuss the role of the fire control towers during World War II. He will also host a book signing after the program. This free program meets at the Seaside Nature Center. Space is limited, so call 302-645-6852 for more information or to preregister. Park entrance fees are in effect.

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

Cape Henlopen State Park invites community to share park history Sept. 13

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Cape Henlopen State Park. CHSP staff extends an invitation to the community to help keep a half century of memories and pictures for the future. Historians will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Seaside Nature Center to record stories and scan pictures to ensure the history of the park will be preserved. For more information, call 302-645-6852. No preregistration is required. Park entrance fees are in effect.

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.

 

 

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