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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