This Week at Delaware State Parks

Friday, August 22, 2014

Delaware State Parks offer exciting programs for families and individuals. Enjoy crafts, learn about Delaware's heritage or explore the parks' natural wonders. Many programs require pre-registration. Call the specific park you plan to visit for details.

Birds in Action: A Free Flight Bird Show at Brandywine Zoo
Friday, August 22, 2014
Noon
“Birds in Action,” presented by Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections, features exotic and native bird species in a free flight show over our heads! This 30-minute presentation takes place in the Otter Circle. Program times are subject to change du
Animal Close Encounters at Brandywine Zoo
Friday, August 22, 2014
10 AM
Stop by a live animal demonstration for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends. Please visit BrandywineZoo.org/events for times. Fee: Fr
Battery 519 Museum Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Fort Miles Orientation Building
Friday, August 22, 2014
2 PM
Join an historical interpreter for a guided tour of a World War II coastal defense gun battery, and learn how and why it was built here. For ages 10+ with a paying adult. Limit 30. $5.00 per person, cash only. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier
Friday, August 22, 2014
10 AM
Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required; no flip-flops. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Concert in the Park: Jimmy and the Parrots at Cape Henlopen State Park - Parade Field
Friday, August 22, 2014
7:30 PM
Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band. Bring your blanket or chair as we close out the summer with this special concert celebrating Cape Henlopen State Park's 50th Anniversary. On the Parade Field. Follow signs to designated parking. Park entrance fees are in effect.
Seining the Bay at Cape Henlopen State Park - Seaside Nature Center
Friday, August 22, 2014
9 AM
Search the shallows of Delaware Bay using a seine net. Dress to get wet and wear secure shoes (no flip-flops). For ages 5+ with a paying adult. No reservations - tickets are available the day of the program at the Nature Center; six ticket maximum per group. Limit 30. $5.00 per person. Call 302-645-6852 for information.
Kayaking Thompson Island Nature Reserve at Delaware Seashore State Park - Tower Road Bayside
Friday, August 22, 2014
9:30 AM
Explore the shorelines of Thompson Island Nature Preserve while paddling a sit-on-top kayak. A park naturalist will guide participants around the preserve while identifying wildlife and discussing the Native American connections to the land. Pre-registration required. Age: 13 and up Cost: $35 per person
Christ Church Cemetery Lantern Tour at First State Heritage Park: Christ Episcopal Church, South State Street, Dover, DE, United States
Friday, August 22, 2014
8:30 PM
Visit by candlelight, the historic churchyard of Christ Episcopal Church. Encounter characters from the past to hear not only tales of the tombstones, but also tales of joy and sorrow from those who are laid to rest within the walls of the churchyard. Fro
Owl Prowl at Brandywine Creek State Park, Adams Dam Road, Wilmington, DE, United States
Saturday, August 23, 2014
7 PM
Following an introduction to the owls of Delaware, head out into the night to listen for some of the park’s resident owls. No flashlights, please! Not suggested for young children. $5 per person
Flint Woods Nature Scavenger Hunt at Brandywine Creek State Park, Adams Dam Road, Wilmington, DE, United States
Saturday, August 23, 2014
1 PM
Let’s hike in Flint Woods to look under rocks, listen for birds and try to find everything on our scavenger hunt list! $3 per person
Birds in Action: A Free Flight Bird Show at Brandywine Zoo
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Noon
“Birds in Action,” presented by Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections, features exotic and native bird species in a free flight show over our heads! This 30-minute presentation takes place in the Otter Circle. Program times are subject to change du
Animal Close Encounters at Brandywine Zoo
Saturday, August 23, 2014
10 AM
Stop by a live animal demonstration for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends. Please visit BrandywineZoo.org/events for times. Fee: Fr
Nature's Wonders at the Campfire Circle at Cape Henlopen State Park - Campground Amphitheater
Saturday, August 23, 2014
7:30 PM
Join us at the Cape Henlopen State Park - Campground Amphitheater for stories, songs, and other fireside activities highlighting our night creatures, stargazing, and local legends. See the bulletin boards around the park or call the Nature Center at 302-645-6852 for weekly topics. Bring marshmallows and sticks for roasting after the program. Limited seating is provided. For ages 5+ with an adult. Free. Pre-reservation is not required, but call 302-645-6852 for information.
Battery 519 Museum Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Fort Miles Orientation Building
Saturday, August 23, 2014
2 PM
Join an historical interpreter for a guided tour of a World War II coastal defense gun battery, and learn how and why it was built here. For ages 10+ with a paying adult. Limit 30. $5.00 per person, cash only. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Fort Miles Lantern Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Fort Miles Orientation Building
Saturday, August 23, 2014
8 PM
Tour the Fort Miles Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. For ages 10+ with a paying adult. Limit 30. $5.00 per person, cash only. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier
Saturday, August 23, 2014
10 AM
Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required; no flip-flops. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Touch Tank Creature Feature at Cape Henlopen State Park - Seaside Nature Center
Saturday, August 23, 2014
3:30 PM
Join a naturalist around the Nature Center touch tank and learn about one of our local marine creatures, then watch as the fish get fed. For ages 5+ with an adult. Free.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Fort at Fort Delaware State Park
Saturday, August 23, 2014
1:30 PM
Take a tour of the fort 'off the beaten track' with park staff, visiting areas not normally open to the public. Learn about restoration challenges and initiatives. Tours limited to 15 pesons, cost $5 per person, not recommended for young children.
African American Fort Delaware Uncovered at Fort Delaware State Park
Saturday, August 23, 2014
1 PM
Join Roberta Perkins and Jeanne Corman to learn about African American citizens who were a part of Fort Delaware's history. Often overlooked and difficult to research, they were a key part of the workings of Fort Delaware.
Music by The Honeybadgers: Campground Performing Arts at Killens Pond State Park - Campground Amphitheater
Saturday, August 23, 2014
8 PM
The Honeybadgers http://honeybadgerfolk.com/ Campground Performing Arts Series Select Saturdays 8pm-9pm Campground Amphitheater Free with paid park entry fee Please call (302) 284-4299 for more information or to register. The Campground Performing Arts Series is sponsored in part by the Delaware Division of Arts and Delaware'state Parks. Come join us for a great show at the Campground Amphitheater, schedule TBD. Check the Nature Center, bulletin boards, or online program calendar for show dates.
New Moon Hike at Killens Pond State Park - Campground Amphitheater
Saturday, August 23, 2014
9 PM
By the Moon Hikes Select Saturdays 9p.m. $2 per person Meet at the Campground Amphitheater for an enjoyable walk in the woods. Whether by Full or New (No) Moon, the forest is a different world after dark. Hikes last between 1-1.5hours. Hikes occur on the Saturday closest to the Full or New Moon. Recommended for ages 6+ Please call (302) 284-4299 for more information or to register. New Moon Hike: August 23 Full Moon Hike: September 6
Sunset Kayak at Lums Pond State Park - Area 2, Boat House
Saturday, August 23, 2014
6:30 PM
Paddle in to the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from night to day on the water. Suitable for beginning paddlers - instruction provided. Rain date is the following day, cost is $20 per person.
Macro Photography Workshop at White Clay Creek State Park
Saturday, August 23, 2014
10 a.m.
Come to the Chambers House Nature Center for our newest Photography Workshop. Explore nature from a new perspective. Learn about macro photography (close up photos) then hit the trail for a nature photo shoot! Bring your camera or smart phone. $6 per person. Pre-registratio?n required by noon Friday, August 22. Call 302-368-6900.
Almost Fab- Beatles Tribute Band at Bellevue State Park - Bellevue State Park Bandshell
Sunday, August 24, 2014
6:30 PM
Spend a warm summer evening with us at Bellevue for our free Summer Concert Series. Shows take place on Thursday and Sunday evenings from June through August and feature a different band with a different sound each night. Park entrance fees in effect.
Garden Bounty at Bellevue State Park, Arts Center
Sunday, August 24, 2014
2 PM
A bushel of basil? A peck of peppers? A zillion zukes? Join us at the Arts Center and find out how to use the fruits of your labor. Bring your appetite! Pre-register no later than 4 p.m. on August 22. $10 per person
Birds in Action: A Free Flight Bird Show at Brandywine Zoo
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Noon
“Birds in Action,” presented by Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections, features exotic and native bird species in a free flight show over our heads! This 30-minute presentation takes place in the Otter Circle. Program times are subject to change du
Back to School Evening Hike (Ages 3 and up) at Brandywine Zoo
Sunday, August 24, 2014
6 PM
Forget going out to the movies, say ‘bon voyage’ to summer, zoo style! Take a guided after-hours tour through the zoo with an educator who will share cool facts, stories, and information about our animals to get you ready for the school year ahead! Please
Animal Close Encounters at Brandywine Zoo
Sunday, August 24, 2014
10 AM
Stop by a live animal demonstration for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends. Please visit BrandywineZoo.org/events for times. Fee: Fr
Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier
Sunday, August 24, 2014
10 AM
Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required; no flip-flops. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Fort at Fort Delaware State Park
Sunday, August 24, 2014
1:30 PM
Take a tour of the fort 'off the beaten track' with park staff, visiting areas not normally open to the public. Learn about restoration challenges and initiatives. Tours limited to 15 pesons, cost $5 per person, not recommended for young children.
Live Reptile and Amphibian Show at Killens Pond Nature Center
Sunday, August 24, 2014
1 PM
Live Reptile & Amphibian Shows Free with paid park entry fee Come meet the Nature Center?s live reptile & amphibian collection up close and personal! Please call (302) 284-4299 for more information or to register. Select Saturdays at 11a.m. August 30 Select Sundays at 1p.m. August 10 & 24
Family Wetland Walk at Port Penn Interpretive Center, Port Penn Road, Middletown, DE, United States
Sunday, August 24, 2014
2 PM
Join us on a wetlands scavenger hunt for furry and feathered creatures, insects, and much more!
Animal Close Encounters at Brandywine Zoo
Monday, August 25, 2014
10 AM
Stop by a live animal demonstration for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends. Please visit BrandywineZoo.org/events for times. Fee: Fr
Birds in Action: A Free Flight Bird Show at Brandywine Zoo
Monday, August 25, 2014
Noon
“Birds in Action,” presented by Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections, features exotic and native bird species in a free flight show over our heads! This 30-minute presentation takes place in the Otter Circle. Program times are subject to change du
Animal Close Encounters at Brandywine Zoo
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
10 AM
Stop by a live animal demonstration for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends. Please visit BrandywineZoo.org/events for times. Fee: Fr
Tour the Big Gun at Cape Henlopen State Park - Fort Miles Orientation Building
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
3:30 PM
Visit the 12-inch gun room in Battery 519 and learn what it took to fire this heavy artillery. For ages 7+ with paying adult. Limit 30. $2.50 per person, cash only. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Dolphin Watch at Cape Henlopen State Park - Seaside Nature Center
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
9:30 AM
Discover why bottlenose dolphins swim off our beaches, then search for them from our shore overlook. For ages 7+ with a paying adult. Limit 20. $2.00 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Pick-Up Volleyball League at Bellevue State Park - court near Pavilion 3
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
6 PM
People of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. There is no fee to play and pre-registrationn is not necessary. Meet at the Volleyball court near Pavilion 3.
Lunchtime Concert Colvin "Atiba" Fields at Bellevue State Park, Arts Center Patio
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Noon
Lunchtime Concerts are every other Wednesday Bring your lunch and join us on the Bellevue Arts Center patio or on the lawn while you relax and enjoy our free noontime concerts! For more information and upcoming performers, call the Concert Hotline at (30
Introduction to the Night Sky at Bellevue State Park, Hunter Barn Parking Lot
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
7:30 PM
Join members of the Delaware Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing. Learn the constellations and get an introduction to observing the night sky. This program is appropriate for beginners through advanced stargazers of all ages. Equipment wi
Keeper Talks and Animal Close Encounters at Brandywine Zoo
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
10 AM
Join our keepers for daily* talks about the animals here in the zoo. Or stop by a live animal demonstration for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wi
Battery 519 Museum Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Fort Miles Orientation Building
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
2 PM
Join an historical interpreter for a guided tour of a World War II coastal defense gun battery, and learn how and why it was built here. For ages 10+ with a paying adult. Limit 30. $5.00 per person, cash only. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Fort Miles Lantern Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Fort Miles Orientation Building
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
8 PM
Tour the Fort Miles Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. For ages 10+ with a paying adult. Limit 30. $5.00 per person, cash only. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
10 AM
Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required; no flip-flops. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Seining the Bay at Cape Henlopen State Park - Seaside Nature Center
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
9 AM
Search the shallows of Delaware Bay using a seine net. Dress to get wet and wear secure shoes (no flip-flops). For ages 5+ with a paying adult. No reservations - tickets are available the day of the program at the Nature Center; six ticket maximum per group. Limit 30. $5.00 per person. Call 302-645-6852 for information.
Snakes and Turtles at Cape Henlopen State Park - Seaside Nature Center
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
2 PM
Learn about our local reptiles in this hands-on program for the entire family. For ages 5+ with a paying adult. Limit 40. $3.00 per person. Pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852.
Keeper Talks and Animal Close Encounters at Brandywine Zoo
Thursday, August 28, 2014
10 AM
Join our keepers for daily* talks about the animals here in the zoo. Or stop by a live animal demonstration for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wi
Thursday Story Time at the Zoo (All ages) at Brandywine Zoo - Otter Circle
Thursday, August 28, 2014
10:30 AM
Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the otter circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. Story time may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Story:
Ghost Crab Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park - Seaside Nature Center
Thursday, August 28, 2014
8 PM
Walk the bay in search of these elusive crustaceans of the night. Bring a flashlight to help spot them as we learn why they are active at night. For Ages 7+ with a paying adult. Limit 20. $5.00 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Concerts in the Campground at Delaware Seashore State Park Campground
Thursday, August 28, 2014
7 PM
Sara Ann Garrison Open to Everyone!
Keeper Talks and Animal Close Encounters at Brandywine Zoo
Friday, August 29, 2014
10 AM
Join our keepers for daily* talks about the animals here in the zoo. Or stop by a live animal demonstration for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wi
Battery 519 Museum Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Fort Miles Orientation Building
Friday, August 29, 2014
2 PM
Join an historical interpreter for a guided tour of a World War II coastal defense gun battery, and learn how and why it was built here. For ages 10+ with a paying adult. Limit 30. $5.00 per person, cash only. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier
Friday, August 29, 2014
10 AM
Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required; no flip-flops. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.
Kayaking Thompson Island Nature Reserve at Delaware Seashore State Park - Tower Road Bayside
Friday, August 29, 2014
9:30 AM
Explore the shorelines of Thompson Island Nature Preserve while paddling a sit-on-top kayak. A park naturalist will guide participants around the preserve while identifying wildlife and discussing the Native American connections to the land. Pre-registration required. Age: 13 and up Cost: $35 per person
Lantern Tour of the Dover Green at First State Heritage Park: John Bell House, The Green, Dover, DE, United States
Friday, August 29, 2014
8:30 PM
Join our guides through historic Dover. Call 302.739.9194 for reservations. Hear tales of the most infamous resident of Dover’s jail, devastating fires that threatened the town, poisonings, tragic love, and the auctioning of slaves on the steps of the Old
Ginger: Summer Concert Series at Killens Pond State Park - Sports Complex
Friday, August 29, 2014
6:30 PM
Join us for our last concert of the summer series: Ginger playing 60's to today. Concerts are free with paid park entry fee.
     


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