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State Park Briefs

Jul 28, 2014

Squid dissections at Cape Henlopen State Park Aug. 2 and 16

Explore the insides of the odd, elusive squid at Cape Henlopen State Park in a squid dissection program which will be offered at 2 p.m., Saturdays, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16 at the Seaside Nature Center.

The program costs $5 per person, recommended for ages 5 and up with a paying adult. Preregistration is required; call 302-645-6852.

The Seaside Nature Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features aquariums, touch tanks and the Osprey Cam with live video showing a nearby osprey nest. The free Borrow-A-Bike program is available daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information on these and all programs offered in Delaware State Parks is available at destateparks.com.

Campground sing-along Aug. 6 at Cape Henlopen State Park

Singer and storyteller Jackie McCabe will entertain and amuse visitors with her silly songs and stories at the Cape Henlopen State Park campground amphitheater at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Non-campers can park in the campground overflow parking lot. Some seating is available, but park staff recommends that audience members bring their own folding chairs. Park entrance fees are in effect. Call the Seaside Nature Center at 302-645-6852 for information.

This program is made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the Arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

'Hot Sand, Cold War' history talk Aug. 8 at CHSP

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Cape Henlopen State Park is hosting several guest speakers at the Seaside Nature Center to discuss some of the important historical events that have happened in the park.

At 7 p.m.,  Friday, Aug. 8, George Contant, Delaware State Parks researcher and author of several historical articles, will discuss the little-known impacts the Cold War had on Cape Henlopen in “Hot Sand, Cold War." This free program will meet at the Seaside Nature Center. For more information or to preregister, call 302-645-6852.

The Seaside Nature Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Borrow-A-Bike program is available from 9 a.m. to 4 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.

Nautical Knot Accessories classes Wednesdays through Aug. 20

The public is invited to make their very own Nautical Knot Accessories with the help of Delaware Seashore State Park staff at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 20.  Each week, one of three unique knot techniques will be offered on a rotating schedule: Turks Head Knot Bracelets, Monkey Fist Key Chains and Sheet Bend Knot Bracelets.

This program is suitable for ages 12 and up, and the program fee is $10 per person. All materials and instruction will be provided. Space and materials are limited, so preregistration is required. Call ahead, 302-227-6991, to find out which knot is being offered each week and to register.

Heroes of the past at the Indian River Life-Saving Station through Aug. 19

Children and parents are invited to discover the amazing history of the United States Life-Saving Service in the park’s newest history program for kids, Surfman Superheroes, offered at 10 a.m., Tuesdays through Aug. 19.

The surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service were considered national heroes at the turn of the century. The Surfmen Superheroes program will allow children stories, tales of heroism, and even a life-sized board game. Finishing with a child-friendly tour of the Indian River Life-Saving Station, children will discover how the heroes of yesterday relate to heroes of today.

This program is for children ages 4 and older. Admission is $4 per child. Parents must stay but will not be charged admission. Preregistration is required; call 302-227-6991.

Tour Indian River Coast Guard Station Aug. 8

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering a unique look inside the history of the Coast Guard with a guided tour at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 8. The day will begin with a tour of the Indian River Life-Saving Station and end with a behind-the-scenes look at the current Indian River Coast Guard Station led by active-duty Coast Guard members.

The United States Life-Saving Service was established by Congress in 1871 and was used to launch rescue missions to assist victims of shipwrecks along America’s coastlines. It was eventually merged with the Revenue Cutter Service to create the Coast Guard in 1915. This new program will take participants on a unique tour through the history of these vital services from their roots in the 19th century through to their modern-day counterparts.

This program is $4 per person and preregistration is required. Participants will meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum on Route 1, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach. For more information and to register, call 302-227-6991.

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.

Delaware Seashore State Park offers free yoga sessions on weekends

Delaware Seashore State Park is teaming up with Balance Yoga & Wellness Studio to offer morning yoga programs on the beach this summer. Yoga sessions will be offered at 8:15 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, and Aug. 16 and 17, at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. These programs are free, but donations are welcome and will be used to support and maintain the museum..

For those seeking a yoga class that is a bit more challenging, there will be Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga in July and August at Fenwick Island State Park. These programs will be held at 7:30 p.m., Fridays, July 25 and Aug. 15. Although the Sunset SUP programs are free, preregistration is required as SUP boards are very limited.

For more information or to register for SUP Yoga, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at 302-227-6991. For information on this or other programs, visit destateparks.com.

Kayak eco-tours at Delaware Seashore State Park through Aug. 15

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering kayak eco-tours through the salt marshes of Rehoboth Bay at 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays through Fridays through Aug. 15. In addition to learning how to kayak with the help of trained instructors, paddlers will explore the ecology of the Rehoboth Bay and enjoy a unique view of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station.

The program meets at Savages Ditch Road where participants will launch kayaks into a section of Rehoboth Bay known as Station Cove. Along the way, park interpreters will discuss the history behind this name, and identify the birds, plants, and marine life that call the salt marsh home.

The fee is $35 per person, and participants must be at least 13 years old. Closed-toe shoes, water bottles and sun protection are musts. Preregistration is required as space is limited. For more information or to preregister, call the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991 or visit destateparks.com.

Kids ages 6-9 can enjoy Junior Nature Rangers Program through Aug. 14

Experience Cape Henlopen State Park and its wildlife through games, crafts, and exploration in the Junior Nature Rangers Program for ages 6-9. Participants will meet at the Seaside Nature Center in the park every Thursday through Aug. 14 at 3 p.m.

Program topics change weekly and include camouflage, dolphins, sharks, and more. The program costs $3 per child. Space is limited; call 302-645-6852 for information or to preregister.

Cape Henlopen is offering a variety of family programs this summer. For more information, visit www.destateparks.com or call 302-645-6852.

The Seaside Nature Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the free Borrow-A-Bike program is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park entrance fees are in effect.

Beat the Heat program meets Fridays through Aug. 15 at Cape Henlopen


Catch a break from the summer’s heat and humidity by enjoying an indoor auditorium program at Cape Henlopen State Park. The Beat the Heat program will meet weekly on Fridays through Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. Topics rotate each week and include crabs, sharks, Cape history, and other subjects.

This free program meets at the Seaside Nature Center. Preregistration is recommended; call 302-645-6852.

Cape Henlopen is offering a variety of family programs this summer. For more information, visit www.destateparks.com or call 302-645-6852. The Seaside Nature Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the free Borrow-A-Bike program is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park entrance fees are in effect.

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