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State Park Briefs

Apr 21, 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, 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.

Arbor Day Hike at Holts Landing State Park April 25

Delaware Seashore State Park invites the public to celebrate Arbor Day  at 4 p.m., Friday, April 25, with a hike along the Seahawk Trail at Holts Landing State Park. This guided hike will take participants through upland forest, past fresh ponds, around marshland and all the way to the Indian River Bay.

The cost of this program is $4 per person, and all ages are welcome. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call 302-227-6991 or go to destateparks.com.

Geocaching April 26 at Fresh Pond

Delaware Seashore State Park invites the public to experience geocaching at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 26, at Fresh Pond. Participants will work in teams using a GPS to locate containers known as caches. Each cache contains clues to a final secret location. The first team to find all the caches and reach the end wins.

The fee for this program is $5 and includes all necessary equipment. This program is suitable for ages 13 and up. Preregistration is required; call 302-227-6991. More information is available at destateparks.com.

Birding with a Naturalist April 26 at Delaware Seashore State Park

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering an informal birding program with a park naturalist starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 26.  Open to seasoned birders as well as beginners, this program focuses on the basic techniques and pointers necessary for a great birding experience any time of year. Binoculars and a selection of field guides will be provided, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own.

Due to Delaware Seashore State Park’s prominent position along the Atlantic Flyway, the bird species are always changing with spring and fall migrations.

Registration for this program is not required. The fee is $4, and participants will meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station in Delaware Seashore State Park on Route 1, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach. For more information, call 302-227-6991 or visit destateparks.com.

Build and Fly a Kite April 26 at Delaware Seashore State Park

Enjoy a Saturday by the shore designing, building and testing handmade kites starting at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26. With help from park staff, participants will build kites and use their imaginations to decorate their own. At the conclusion of the program, the group will head outside to send their finished products soaring over the coast of Delaware Seashore State Park.

The cost for this program is $4 per person and all materials will be provided. Preregistration is required as space is limited. For more information or to register, call 302-227-6991 or go to destateparks.com.

Spring Migration Bird Walks at Cape Henlopen State Park begin April 29

Join a park naturalist at Cape Henlopen State Park to search for birds on their spring migration. The group will meet at 8 a.m., Tuesdays, April 29, May 6, and May 13. Beginning birders are welcome. Bring binoculars, or borrow a pair from park staff. This free program meets at the Seaside Nature Center. 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 of Delaware State Parks can be found at destateparks.com.

Fun for preschoolers at Cape Henlopen State Park May 1

Cape Henlopen State Park's Guppy Club program will meet at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 1, for a Finding Foxes program. Students will discover why foxes seem to spring out of nowhere this time of year, and search for clues to their whereabouts. The program meets at the Seaside Nature Center and costs $3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to dress for the weather. Space is limited, so call 302-645-6852 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 of Delaware State Parks can be found at destateparks.com.

Discover the art of fish prints May 3

The Delaware Seashore State Park will celebrate maritime tradition by making  prints using fish replicas at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 3. The art of fish printing is a Japanese tradition dating back to the mid-19th century. This class will explore this tradition as well as discuss how it is relevant today and what types of fish are likely to be found in Delaware’s waterways.

This program is for ages 8 and up. The cost is $5 and preregistration is required.  For more information or to register, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991 or at destateparks.com.

Beach Driving Clinic May 3

Delaware Seashore State Park will offer a Beach Driving Clinic at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 3. This program will outline park rules, licensing and equipment requirements as well as driving techniques to get drivers ready for beach driving on their own time.

Participants with proper vehicle surf tags and safety equipment will have the opportunity to practice their beach driving under instructor guidance. Vehicle surf tags are available at the museum gift shop with vehicle registration and a fee. Safety equipment includes a tow rope, a shovel, a 16-by-16-inch-by-half-inch board, and a tire gauge.

The cost is $5 and 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 at destateparks.com.

Introduction to Surf Fishing May 4

Delaware Seashore State Park invites the public to an introductory course on surf fishing at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 4.  This class will provide beginners with a foundation of the sport including what equipment to use, current rules and regulations, fish identification, and the opportunity to practice fishing.

Participants must be at least 10 years old, and those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants must have a valid General Fishing License and Fisherman Identification Number as required by the State of Delaware.

This class is $25 per person and includes use of rod, reel, tackle, and bait. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

All programs meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. For more information or to register, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991 or at destateparks.com.

 

 

 

 

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