Parks & Recreation offering special holiday programs


No one has to hibernate over the holidays this year if they get out and get moving in Delaware’s state parks. From “First Day Hikes,” to “Zoo Camp,” to “Stroller Rollers,” there is plenty to do and see in DNREC’s state parks over the winter break from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

Children who love animals can attend Zoo Camp at the Brandywine Zoo on Dec. 27 and 28. During “Winter Wonders” half-day camp, kids will find out all how animals survive during the winter — which ones stay awake, and those who sleep.

On Dec. 28, the “Zoo Crew” can spend a half-day learning what it’s like to be a zookeeper. For more information about Zoo Camp, including programs, ages, fees and registration, visit https://BrandywineZoo.org/Camps.

People can start the new year off by taking a “First Day Hike.” As a family, or on their own, hikers can experience the newest trail at Delaware’s newest state park, Auburn Heights State Park in Yorklyn, or take a “Stories of the Green Walking Tour” at First State Heritage Park, or learn about “the Point,” the northeastern tip of Cape Henlopen State Park.

Numerous other “First Day Hike” opportunities are offered in 10 other state parks throughout the state. For specific times and parks, visit https://www.destateparks.com/Programs or call (302) 739-9200.

Bellevue State Park is paved with paths and areas to explore nature with toddlers — perfect for strollers — so “Stroller Rollers” is designed for children 12 months to 3 years old. The children can be introduced to the wonders of nature and expand their cognitive and interactive skills as they venture through the park with their parents, and parents can learn how they can facilitate early learning experiences to teach an appreciation of nature.

The “Winter Break Out: Who Let the Snakes Out?” event at Killens Pond State Park offers the chance to find out how park staff care for the amphibians and reptiles at the park’s Nature Center. Participants can also create some favorite meals to help feathered friends throughout the winter at Cape Henlopen State Park during “Holiday for the Birds.” And anyone who has picked up a few pounds during the holidays can take part in “Walk It Off” at Bellevue State Park on Monday mornings. Information and charts to track progress are available.

For more information about these and all of the many other programs going on in Delaware’s state parks over the holidays, visit https://www.destateparks.com/Programs or call (302) 739-9200.