DNREC’S Division of Parks & Recreation to join partnership in marking second annual Yorklyn Day Festival July 1

Yorklyn Day features many activities for kids, including a live reptile show

YORKLYN (June 21, 2018) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will join Yorklyn community organizations in presenting the second annual Yorklyn Day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, July 1 in Yorklyn. The event is a partnership between DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation, the Center for Creative Arts, Yorklyn Pool, and Dew Point Brewing Co.

DNREC staff will be on hand to discuss the progress on revitalization of the former NVF factory site, as well as the installation of the Paper Mill Bridge, the first in a series of repurposed historic iron truss bridges brought from all over the country to serve community trail users. Auburn Heights Preserve’s Steamin’ Day is also part of the event, with steam car and miniature train rides and mansion tours from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Also featured is a Sidewalk Chalk Festival contest, where kids can display their art for prizes.

Activities are set up in various areas, almost all within convenient walking distance of the new state park trails. Food trucks will offer a variety of culinary options. Live music, artisans, craft beer, vendors, and non-profit presenters are all part of the festivities.

Activity hubs include:

  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Dew Point Zone, featuring live music, lawn games, disc golf demo, and craft beer; a chance to try a new craze with Yorklyn Pool-Pickle Ball demonstrations; and Belinda Balloon the Clown
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Center for Creative Arts’ Art Zone, featuring a Sidewalk Chalk Festival, live music, artisans and art sales, food trucks and adult beverages, and children’s art activities
  • Noon-4 p.m. – Cozy Quarters Farm pony rides
  • 1 p.m. – Yorklyn Bridge Trail’s Kid Zone, and Jungle John’s Dinosaur Show
  • 1-3 p.m. – Juggling Hoffmans
  • 2:30 – Live reptile show

Event parking is headquartered at H.B. Middle School, 735 Meeting House Road, Hockessin DE 19707. School buses will transport visitors to and from the school to the event site every 15 minutes, with smaller shuttle buses transporting throughout the activity areas. Parking for people with disabilities on the event site is available at Yorklyn Bridge Trail, 1178 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin DE 19707.

More information is available at www.YorklynDay.org, or by calling the Auburn Heights Preserve park office at 302-729-4278.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 48, No. 171

‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ upcoming dates announced by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife

Registration open for June-July events in Smyrna, Dover, Georgetown

DOVER – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and delight in having the opportunity to catch a fish? DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife invites budding anglers age 6 through 15 to come out and learn to fish with a parent/guardian on three upcoming “Take a Kid Fishing!” dates.

'Take a Kid Fishing!' teaches conservation - and the excitement of catching a fish. DNREC photo.
‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ teaches conservation – and the excitement of catching a fish. DNREC photo.

“Take a Kid Fishing!” events will be held on the following dates:

  • 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, June 21, Aquatic Resources Education Center, Smyrna
  • 5-7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 13, Silver Lake Park, Dover
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, July 15, Redden State Forest, Georgetown

To ensure enough supplies are on hand for these free programs, pre-registration is required. To pre-register for “Take a Kid Fishing!”, or for more information about the program or about volunteering as an instructor, please email Mary Rivera at mary.rivera@delaware.gov.

“Take a Kid Fishing!” teaches young people fundamental fishing skills and conservation concepts including catch-and-release. Along with the angling experience, these free-admission fishing days also feature activity stations and prizes. Fishing equipment is provided, but participants may want to pack a picnic.

Grandparents, parents, or others age 16 and older who wish to fish with “Take a Kid Fishing!” participants must have a current Delaware fishing license and a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free FIN number.

A resident annual Delaware recreational fishing license, which covers fresh and tidal waters as well as crabbing and clamming, costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Persons under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware, although exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses if they choose to help support fisheries management efforts. Delaware fishing licenses are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent, or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. For more information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.

For more information on fishing in Delaware, click on the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.

“Take a Kid Fishing!” is sponsored by the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Resources Education Center, with host sites provided by DNREC’s Divisions of Fish & Wildlife and Parks & Recreation, the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and the City of Dover Parks and Recreation. Some of the fishing tackle for these events has been donated by Cabela’s at Christiana Mall.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to host Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival on May 20

SLAUGHTER BEACH – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, will host its eighth annual Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival, celebrating the spring arrival of migrating shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at the center, located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford, DE 19963, near Slaughter Beach. Admission is free.

Visitors will enjoy fun festivities and educational activities, with food available for purchase. Everyone attending also will receive an Estuary Eco-Challenge passport to be stamped as they participate in a series of Eco-Station activities. The Eco-Stations will provide visitors with opportunities to identify shorebirds, get close to live horseshoe crabs and other aquatic species, learn how to cast a fishing rod, learn about food webs, and much more!

Visitors also will have great viewing opportunities from the center’s large deck to see the interaction between horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, including federally-threatened red knots, which depend on horseshoe crab eggs to help fuel their long journey from South America to their Arctic breeding grounds. DNREC’s Delaware Shorebird Project Team members will be on hand to identify the shorebirds along the shoreline surrounding the center.

Parking will be available at the Lacy E. Nichols Jr. Cedar Creek Boating Access Area’s public boat ramp, with a shuttle running to the center throughout the day. The festival will be held rain or shine, except in the case of thunderstorms, coastal flooding or storms with high winds and heavy rain.

Located on the edge of Mispillion Harbor at the intersection of the mouths of the Mispillion River and Cedar Creek, the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s DuPont Nature Center regularly offers a variety of interactive exhibits, school tours and educational programs. Spring and summer hours from May 1 through Aug. 31 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival, or about the DuPont Nature Center and its programs, please call 302-422-1329, or visit DuPont Nature Center.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Vol. 47, No. 112


DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate offers winter energy-saving checklist with activities for families

DOVER – Beat cabin fever over the long holiday weekend and throughout the winter by participating in the Division of Energy & Climate’s Snuggle up and Save Winter Energy-Saving Checklist. With this room-by-room checklist, families can reduce their home’s energy use, save money on utilities and help protect the environment.

“Our homes lose heat and energy in ways we don’t immediately realize – through leaky windows or electric chargers that are left plugged in when they’re not being used. Combined with our rush to keep warm in the winter, this can mean higher energy use and more costly energy bills,” said Energy Section Program Administrator Rob Underwood, Division of Energy & Climate. “You don’t pay for energy you don’t use, so why use more than you need?”

“Most of the actions on this list are no-cost, and home improvements like weatherstripping and foam socket covers cost less than $10 at your local hardware store,” Underwood continued. He noted that many families can cut their energy bills up to 30 percent by making basic energy efficiency upgrades or taking energy conservation measures. In addition, good energy habits are environmentally responsible and set a great example of conservation and stewardship for children.

A printable copy of the checklist can be found here, on the Division of Energy & Climate’s Energy Efficiency webpage, or at www.facebook.com/EnergyClimateDE. Kids who complete at least two items in each room will earn their Certified Energy Saver certificate, mailed to their home upon request. Parents and guardians are also invited to tweet pictures of completed tasks @EnergyClimateDE or tag the Division of Energy & Climate on Facebook. To receive a completion certificate, email outreachdec@delaware.gov or call 302-735-3480.

Activities on the checklist include:
• Put throws or blankets in common areas to snuggle up in, instead of turning up the heat.
• Unplug electric chargers and electronics that are fully charged or aren’t being used.
• Organize a carpool with neighbors and friends.
• Draw a map of your town, including stores, schools and other places traveled on a regular basis. Plan out a route that covers daily trips with the shortest path and the least fuel.

Visit DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate webpage for more programs, including the Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income families and the Sustainable Energy Utility, both of which provide support for improving home energy efficiency. Additionally, visit Clean Transportation to learn about incentives for emissions-saving electric cars and alternative fuels.

For more information, contact the Division of Energy & Climate at 302-735-3480 or email outreachdec@delaware.gov.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces 2016 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest winners

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced the first-place winner and five top entries chosen from its 2016 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photos will appear on the cover or inside the forthcoming 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide.

First-place winner “Daddy & Daughter’s 1st Drum” by Shenna Bogetti of Dover.
First-place winner “Daddy & Daughter’s 1st Drum” by Shenna Bogetti of Dover.

First place was awarded to Shenna Bogetti of Dover, for her photo titled “Daddy & Daughter’s 1st Drum” of her husband Brian Bogetti and daughter Mackenzie Bogetti fishing in the Delaware Bay.

The other contest winners are:
• Second place: “Reflections,” by Christine Fletcher of Milton, for her photo of family member Ernie Fletcher at Reynolds Pond.
• Third place: “Catching the Breeze,” by Amy Baldwin of Newark, for her photo of her daughter Ella surf fishing at Cape Henlopen State Park.
• Honorable mention: “The Boys,” by Katresa Foster of Milford, for her photo of friend Bill Grove and family member Mike Foster at Bowers Beach.
• Honorable mention: “Finlee’s First Catch,” by Katresa Foster of Milford, for her photo of family members Finlee and Mike Foster at the Mispillion Riverwalk.

Three DNREC judges – Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis, Fisheries Biologist Bruce Cole and Freda Barrett, amateur photographer – selected the top five entries. The contest specified that photographs must have been taken in Delaware and depict fishing with family or friends.

Judges were looking for photos that best portrayed this year’s contest theme, “Fishing with Family or Friends,” which carried a lot of photographic consideration from the judges in selecting winning entries.

“The photography contest is a great chance for anglers to showcase and share their fishing adventures with other anglers,” said Fish & Wildlife Director Saveikis. “The theme and these photographs help reinforce and capture the fun of a shared outdoor fishing experience, and we hope they will inspire others to enjoy the great sport of fishing and to enter next year’s photography contest to capture the fishing experience.”

The winning photographs can be viewed on the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s website, where contest information and forms are also available. Information and contest forms can also be obtained by calling Jennifer Childears at 302-739-9120 or by email at Jennifer.childears@delaware.gov.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s annual Delaware Hunting Photo Contest is accepting entries through Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Details of the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2017 Fishing Photo Contest will be announced in the spring.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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