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September 12, 2003
Volume 33, Number 250
Division of Soil and Water Conservation

Contact: Katy Lamborn, Delaware Coastal Programs, phone: 302 739-3436

Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve Offers Free Public Programming in September

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve is offering several free public programs in September. Unless noted, programs are held at the St. Jones Reserve, located on Kitts Hummock Road, east of the John Dickinson Plantation. Pre-registration is required due to limited space. With advance notice, any of the programs listed can be scheduled to accommodate individual groups larger than 15. For information and registration, call (302) 739-3436 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. New! Please note: Anyone who registers for a boat or canoe trip and wishes to cancel their reservation(s) must give 72 hours notice. Those persons who do not show on the date of the program and have not given advance notice of their cancellation will be billed $5.00 per person registered.

Meet DNERR staff at Lebanon Landing at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 20th for a leisurely canoe trip down the St. Jones River. The two hour trip will take participants through the salt water marshes of the estuary to Scotton Landing. All canoeing experiences are for ages 4-adult. Children under 10 years old may ride in a canoe, but are not permitted to paddle the boat in which they are riding. No experience is necessary for the canoe trip but it is recommended. Life jackets will be provided and are mandatory.

On Thursday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. senior citizens are invited to hop aboard the Reserve’s 24 foot Carolina Skiff for an hour long boat ride from Scotton Landing to the mouth of the St. Jones River. Learn about the historic, ecologic, and economic importance of the waterway. Life jackets are provided and are mandatory.

Children ages two to five are invited to join a naturalist on Wednesday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Jones Reserve to learn about oysters. The hour-long program will feature a story, “Pearlie Oyster,” and a hands-on activity. Parents are encouraged to tag along but we ask that older siblings sign up for one of our other programs.

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve is a partnership between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The program is administered through DNREC’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation in the Delaware Coastal Programs section.






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