Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Oct. 24 in Delaware City

DOVER – Delaware’s Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Grass Dale Center in Fort Delaware/Fort DuPont State Park, 108 North Reedy Point Road, Delaware City, DE 19706.The RPAC meeting agenda can be found on the Public Meeting Calendar.

The Recycling Public Advisory Council was enacted into law by Senate Bill 234 in May 2010, and charged with advising the Governor’s Office, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority on all aspects of recycling, including: development of grant criteria and selection of applications; a methodology for measuring recycling rates; and possible outreach activities designed to achieve higher recycling rates.

For more information about RPAC, please visit https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/waste-hazardous/recycling/recycling-public-advisory-council/ or contact Adam Schlachter, DNREC Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section, at 302-739-9403, Ext. 1.

For more information about the monthly RPAC meeting, including the agenda, please go to https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/60774.

Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 48, No. 278


DNREC’s Fort Delaware State Park to host second of two annual Civil War-era P.O.W. weekends Aug. 11-12

DELAWARE CITY – DNREC’s Fort Delaware State Park will host the second of the park’s two annual prisoner-of-war (P.O.W.) living history weekends at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12.

During this special weekend, Fort Delaware will come alive with re-enactors and historians dressed as they would have during the American Civil War. Visitors will be offered a fascinating and unique look at what life was like at Fort Delaware during the 1860s, including prisoners being processed, prisoner mail call, and firing demonstrations with blank charges of various 19th century weapons.

With a number of additional re-enactors from a wide geographic range participating in the days’ events, visitors will see Delaware history as it happened almost 160 years ago.
Fort Delaware is a Civil War-era structure built to protect the city of Philadelphia from attack via the Delaware River. During the Civil War, it was used as to house captured Confederates, Union criminals, and civilians arrested for acts of presumed disloyalty. Between the years 1862 and 1865, about 33,000 prisoners spent time at Fort Delaware. P.O.W. Weekends are the fort’s best opportunity to tell their stories.

Visitors also can view many of the park’s regular daily events, including seeing the fort’s blacksmith, listening to Civil War folk songs, watching musketry drills, and much more.
Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children, and $11 for those 62 and older, and active military. Children under two get in free. Most special programs at the park are free with Pea Patch island admission.

The Fort Delaware ticket office and ferry launch is located at 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE 19706. Fort Delaware is regularly open from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

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


DNREC’s Fort Delaware State Park to host annual Civil War-era P.O.W. weekends in July and August

DELAWARE CITY – This summer, Fort Delaware State Park will host its two annual prisoner-of-war (P.O.W.) living history weekends. Each historical event begins at 10 a.m. both days, Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, and Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12.

During these special weekends, Fort Delaware will come alive with re-enactors and historians dressed as they would have during the American Civil War. Visitors will be offered a fascinating and unique look at what life was like at Fort Delaware during the 1860s, including prisoners being processed, prisoner mail call, and firing demonstrations with blank charges of various 19th century weapons.

With a number of additional re-enactors from a wide geographic range participating in the days’ events, visitors will see Delaware history as it happened almost 160 years ago.

Fort Delaware is a Civil War-era structure built to protect the city of Philadelphia from attack via the Delaware River. During the Civil War, it was used as to house captured Confederates, Union criminals, and civilians arrested for acts of presumed disloyalty. Between the years 1862 and 1865, about 33,000 prisoners spent time at Fort Delaware. P.O.W. Weekends are the fort’s best opportunity to tell their stories.

Visitors also can view many of the park’s regular daily events, including seeing the fort’s blacksmith, listening to Civil War folk songs, watching musketry drills, and much more.

Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children, and $11 for those 62 and older, and active military. Children under two get in free. Most special programs at the park are free with Pea Patch island admission.

The Fort Delaware ticket office and ferry launch is located at 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE 19706. Fort Delaware is regularly open from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

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


DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation to feature Victorian Kids Fest on June 16 at Fort Delaware State Park

DELAWARE CITY – DNREC’s Fort Delaware State Park will host its annual Victorian Kids Fest from noon-3 p.m., Saturday, June 16. This special event is a collaborative program offered by the Fort Delaware Society and Fort Delaware State Park.

The day will feature Victorian kids’ games as well as costumes to try on, face-painting, and opportunities to win prizes. In addition, kids will have the chance to “join the Army” and learn to march like Civil War soldiers. Participation in Victorian Kids Fest events is free with park entrance fee.

Fort Delaware is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with the last ferry to the island leaving at 3 p.m. Park entrance fee, including the ferry trip, is $12 for adults, $7 for children, and $11 for people 62 and older, and those who have served or are serving in the military.

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

Vol. 48, No. 155


DNREC’S Division of Parks & Recreation and the American Birding Association partner again to offer birding cruises

DELAWARE CITY – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation and the American Birding Association (ABA) are partnering again this year to bring back Sunset River Cruises, offering an enjoyable and educational experience on the Delaware River. The scenic cruises provide the chance to discover the wealth of birds and other wildlife that inhabit Pea Patch Island, also home to Fort Delaware State Park, and the surrounding Delaware River.

A special feature of the cruises is the chance to see dozens – or even hundreds – of herons, egrets, ibises, bald eagles, and osprey flying to and from one of the largest heron rookeries on the East Coast, located on Pea Patch Island’s northern tip.

The tours meet at 6 p.m. on April 20, May 25, and June 15, at ABA Headquarters, 93 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE 19706. The tours end around sunset. In case of rain, the cruise will be held the following evening.

The tours cost $35 per person. Reservations must be made in advance at delawarestateparks.reserveamerica.com. For more information, call the ABA at 302-838-3660.

The ABA’s Heron Watch, another opportunity for birding, is held 6-8 p.m., Thursdays from April 19-June 28 at the association’s headquarters, where a knowledgeable birder will discuss differences in flying birds.

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation partners with the ABA to offer programs at Fort Delaware in a joint venture to increase visitation and to leverage the expertise and staff available through the association to offer more environmental-related programming.