NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
Contact: Caroline Foltz, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9185, Caroline.Foltz@state.de.us
Outdoor Family Programs at Delaware State ParksTwo programs geared toward connecting families to nature offered this spring
DOVER (March 2, 2014) – Delaware Outdoor Family, in conjunction with the Children In Nature initiative, will provide two campouts this spring to begin Delaware State Parks’ second year of overnight family camping programs. The programs are geared toward sparking families’ interest in spending time outdoors.
Delaware Outdoor Family provides overnight camping trips guided by park staff, giving families an opportunity to get outdoors and experience the state parks in a new way. Programs include activities that daytime park visitors don’t get to experience, including beach campfires and nighttime astronomy.
Camping can seem like a challenge for busy parents, but the experience of sleeping under the stars is meaningful for kids and adults alike. When families spend time together outdoors, children are more likely to feel a strong personal connection with nature.
Two campouts will be offered this spring. The Lums Pond State Park campout in Bear, on April 12 and 13, will highlight tent-building and campfire cooking, and will also include a full moon kayak trip. Staff at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, will teach camping basics and offer a nighttime hayride and evening owl prowl on May 17, and a morning pontoon boat tour after campfire breakfast on May 18.
Details are available in the Delaware State Parks’ 2014 Winter/Spring Guide. More daytime Delaware Outdoor Family opportunities are marked throughout the guide, including Youth Fishing Tournaments in Wilmington and Laurel, and Campfire Circle programs at Cape Henlopen. Pre-registration is required for each campout and can be made by contacting the hosting park. Information is also available at destateparks.com/dof, or at Lums Pond State Park: 302-368-6989; or Trap Pond State Park: 302-875-5163