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 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 of Delaware State Parks can be found at destateparks.com.