Local State Park Offering Summer Programs for All Ages
“1-Day” Day Camp at Delaware Seashore State Park
Dewey Beach, DE – While many of the state parks in Delaware have been offering weekly summer camps for many years, Delaware Seashore State Park is offering its first camp this summer. Each Wednesday, from June 17 through August 12, park staff will be hosting a “1-Day” day camp. This camp, geared toward 7-11 year olds, will last just four hours, and will give parents the option to drop their children off for a morning of coastal exploration!
Campers will partake in activities such as seining, marsh walks, science experiments, and crafts. The theme for each week will alternate between “Salt Marsh Explorers” and “Junior Marine Biologists”. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is $25 per child. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to make a reservation for your child, please call the Indian River Life-Saving Station at (302) 227-6991.
Get an inside look at the marshes and history of Delaware Seashore State Park on a kayak eco-tour
Dewey Beach, DE – Delaware Seashore State Park is offering kayak eco-tours through the salt marshes of Rehoboth Bay this summer. In addition to learning about the ecology of the Inland Bays, participants will get a taste of local history along the way.
Tours will be offered Tuesdays through Fridays at 9:30 a.m. until August 14. Participants will meet at Savages Ditch Road where they will launch their kayaks into a section of Rehoboth Bay known as “Station Cove”. Along the way, park interpreters will discuss the history behind this name, as well as identify the birds, plants, and marine life that call the salt marsh home.
The fee for this program is $35 per person and participants must be at least 13 years old. Close-toe shoes, drinking water and sun protection are a must! Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For more information or to pre-register, please call the Indian River Life-Saving Station at (302) 227-6991 or visit destateparks.com.
Squid Dissection at Delaware Seashore State Park
Dewey Beach, DE – Join park staff at the Indian River Life-Saving Station for a fun, educational, and unique activity – a squid dissection class; back by popular demand! Learn cool facts about this highly specialized sea creature, enjoy a tasty seafood snack, and keep the kids’ minds sharp while they’re away from school this summer.
Participants will each receive their own squid specimen to examine and a park interpreter will be there to guide the class through the dissection process. Not only will participants gain an understanding of how the squid moves, feeds, and reproduces, but at the conclusion of the class, their study specimens will be deep-fried for an early-afternoon calamari snack!
The class will be held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. starting June 16th and continuing through mid-August. The fee for this program is $8 per person and is suitable for ages 8 and up. Space and materials are limited so please pre-register by calling the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at 302-227-6991.
Learn How to Catch Crabs & Clams at Delaware Seashore State Park
Dewey Beach, DE – Some of the most popular activities to enjoy while visiting the Delaware beaches are crabbing and clamming. For many visitors though, and even locals, crabbing and clamming can be somewhat of a foreign concept. If someone did not grow up learning to crab and clam, it might be a bit intimidating to try and learn!
The staff of Delaware Seashore State Park is here to help, and will be offering a “Crabbing 101” program and a “Clamming 101” program each week from mid-June through mid-August. Crabbing 101 will take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m., and Clamming 101 will be on Thursday afternoons, also at 2 p.m. Staff will provide all the necessary materials and instruction for participants to catch and release their own crabs and clams.
The minimum age for Crabbing 101 is 5 years old, and the minimum age for Clamming 101 is 8 years old. Closed-toe shoes are required for Clamming 101. The fee for each program is $6 per person and children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Indian River Life-Saving Station at (302) 227-6991.
Programs for Children, all summer long, at Delaware Seashore State Park
Dewey Beach, DE – Delaware Seashore State Park will be offering a variety of children’s programs all throughout the summer, from mid-June to mid-August. Back by popular demand is the “Jelly, Jelly, Jellyfish” program which will be held on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. This program is geared towards 3-6 year olds and pre-registration is required. Children will get to see and touch real bay critters, including jellies – the non-stinging species, or course! Children must be accompanied by an adult; limit 1 adult per child. The fee for the “Jelly, Jelly, Jellyfish” program is $4 per child.
On Friday mornings, park staff will be hosting a “Build and Fly a Kite” program at 10 a.m., for ages 5 and up. All children will have the opportunity to construct and design their own kite, and then the whole group will head out to the beach to launch their kites with the help of coastal breezes. Pre-registration is required for this program as space and materials are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult on this program as well; limit 1 adult per child. The fee for the “Build and Fly a Kite” program is $6 per child.
A brand new program is also being offered to introduce park visitors to the maritime history of Delaware’s coast. This program, entitled “Shipwrecks and Buried Treasure”, will give participants the chance to learn about famous local shipwrecks and how the surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service performed heroic rescues. The group will then learn the basics of “geocaching” and head out to the beach with GPS units to locate “hidden treasure”. This program will take place on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. It is geared toward ages 5 and up and children must be accompanied by a paying adult. The fee is $4 per person and pre-registration is required.
For more information or to make a reservation for any of these programs, please call the Indian River Life-Saving Station at (302) 227-6991.