Photo of 'Sun, Moon, and the Bridge' courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.
The weather may be cooler and the days shorter, but our magnificent state parks here in Sussex County continue to hold fun and informative activities that are suitable for everyone. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, some of the more “active” programs will be perfect for pre- and post-holiday binging. Get out, get moving, get creative, and get smart! Check out the programs and activities that are being offered through the end of the month. Most have a limited capacity and require pre-registration. Click here to access the program guide for complete details, park locations, and contact information.
Cape Henlopen State Park
- Discover Battery 519: Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Construction on Battery 519 began in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the U.S. from them. $5 per person.
- Too Cool for Reptiles: Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. No one is too cool to check out turtles and snakes, right? But what do these wild Delaware reptiles do when it gets cold? Meet live turtles and snakes and find out! $3 per person.
- Feeding Frenzy: Saturday, November 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. Watch the fish in the tanks chow down their food and learn cool facts regarding their feeding behaviors. Free.
- Full Moon Hike: Wednesday, November 25 at 5 p.m. Explore the park at night by the light of the full moon and search for sights and sounds of animal activity. Dress warmly. $2 per person.
- Cranberry Bog Trail Hike: Friday, November 27 at 11 a.m. Explore the Pinelands Trail and search for cranberries, wildlife and other natural wonders that the early colonists might have seen. Wear comfortable walking shoes for the 1.5-mile hike, and dress for the weather. $2 per person.
- Squid Dissection: Saturday, November 28 at 11 a.m. Explore the ins and outs of these mysterious animals through hands-on dissection. $5 per person.
Delaware Seashore State Park
- Gilled to Grilled: Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m. This program covers everything you need to know to get your latest catch to the table. Learn how to clean a fish and prepare it for dinner. Top off the evening by enjoying your own culinary creation in the company of your new fish-filleting friends. $40 per person.
- Seashore Wreath-Making: Saturday, November 21 at 10 a.m. Create a decorative holiday wreath using natural materials found here on the seashore. You’ll use local holly and other trimmings to spruce up your creation. $20 per person.
- Sun, Moon, and the Bridge: Wednesday, November 25 at 4 p.m. Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to view the sun set over the Indian River Bay and the full moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean. This free program will not be held in overcast or rainy conditions. Meet at the North Inlet Day Area.
- Hike Burton Island Nature Preserve: Friday, November 27 at 1 p.m. Explore the 1-mile loop trail on Burton Island Nature Preserve with a naturalist. Learn to identify coastal plants and spot various waterfowl along the way. $4 per person.
- Monkey Fist Keychains: Saturday, November 28 at 10 a.m. A Monkey Fist knot was often the first thing that connected a sailor to land at the end of a long voyage. Materials and instruction will be provided for you to make your own. $10 per person.