Delaware Outdoor Family Programs


Have you ever camped under the stars, gone on a nighttime nature hike or caught a striped bass from the surf? Join us for a variety of activities in nature as you learn more about camping with the Delaware Outdoor Family program. All levels of experience are welcome, and first-time campers are encouraged to participate. Enjoy the outdoors with fellow Delaware Outdoor Families, and you will leave ready to plan your own camping adventures.

Programs are held at various Delaware State Parks, and park staff will guide your family through the experience. Learn how to set up camp, pitch a tent, start a fire, cook outdoors, and much more!

 

Upcoming
Delaware Outdoor Family Camping Trips

 

Lums Pond State Park: Saturday 4/12 – Sunday 4/13


Camp on the old beach feet from the water . Learn to build a tent, cook on a campfire and make some yummy treats before relaxing on a Full Moon kayak trip.  Enjoy breakfast around the fire before breaking camp and exploring the park.

Registration and Information: (302)368-6989
Registration Deadline: April  4, 2014
Equipment
You provide:Tent, sleeping pad or air mattress, sleeping bag, dinner and breakfast foods
We provide: tent and sleeping pad (if needed- you must request ahead of time), hot dogs for dinner and s’mores for dessert.
Fees: $40 per family (maximum of 5 individuals)

Agenda
Saturday

  • Set Up Camp: know your equipment, pitching a tent
  • Build a Fire, Outdoor Cooking: How to safely start a fire, tips on outdoor cooking as we prepare dinner
  • Sunset Kayak Trip: Explore and enjoy Lums Pond in a different light
  • Campfire desserts

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Q&A with park staff
  • Break Camp: packing up your gear, follow Leave No Trace principles

 


 

Trap Pond State Park: Saturday 5/17 – Sunday 5/18


Relax with the family at Trap Pond!  Learn camping basics before heading out on a hayride to experience the park after dark on an evening Owl Prowl.  Sunday morning, cook breakfast around the campfire and take an early morning pontoon boat tour of the pond.

Registration and Information: (302)875-5163
Registration Deadline: May  9, 2014
Equipment
You provide: Tent, sleeping pad or air mattress, sleeping bag, dinner and breakfast foods
We provide: Tent and sleeping pad (if needed- you must request ahead of time), hot dogs for dinner and s’mores for dessert.
Fees: $40 per family (maximum of 6 individuals)

Agenda
Saturday

  • Learn to pitch a tent
  • Camping basics, what you need and don’t need
  • How to safely start a fire, tips on outdoor cooking while preparing dinner
  • Owl Prowl Hayride throughout the park after dark

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Q&A with park staff
  • Break Camp: packing up your gear, follow Leave No Trace principles
  • Early morning pontoon boat tour of Trap Pond. Learn about wildlife and what animals call Trap Pond home.

 

More Upcoming Activities for Your Family

 

Introduction to Surf Fishing at Delaware Seashore State Park - Indian River Life-Saving Station

Monday, April 21, 2014
11 AM

Have you always wanted to try surf fishing but weren’t sure how to get started? If so, this program is for you! Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this 3-hour program. Rods, reels and bait are provided.


Birding 101 at Delaware Seashore State Park - Indian River Life-Saving Station

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9 AM

Learn the basics of bird identification, how to navigate a field guide and the proper use of binoculars. If time allows, participants will have a chance to practice their birding skills with a park naturalist. Pre-registration required. $4 per person.


Beach Driving Clinic at Delaware Seashore State Park - Indian River Life-Saving Station

Saturday, May 03, 2014
2 PM

Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Then, follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equi


Introduction to Surf Fishing at Delaware Seashore State Park - Indian River Life-Saving Station

Sunday, May 04, 2014
10 AM

Have you always wanted to try surf fishing but weren’t sure how to get started? If so, this program is for you! Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this 3-hour program. Rods, reels and bait are provided.


Introduction to Surf Fishing at Delaware Seashore State Park - Indian River Life-Saving Station

Friday, May 09, 2014
1 PM

Have you always wanted to try surf fishing but weren’t sure how to get started? If so, this program is for you! Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this 3-hour program. Rods, reels and bait are provided.


Family Movie Night at Brandywine Creek State Park at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, May 10, 2014
7 PM

Movie: "Mamma Mia" Gates open at 7 p.m.; Movie starts at 8 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a movie under the stars. Bring your blanket and food for a fun family event. Alcohol is prohibited. Meet at Hawk Watch parking lot. $5 per person


Beach Driving Clinic at Delaware Seashore State Park - Indian River Life-Saving Station

Friday, May 16, 2014
2 PM

Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Then, follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equi


Introduction to Orienteering at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, May 17, 2014
1 PM

Learn map and compass skills to find your way around our orienteering course. Take-home maps are available for $2 or $5 each. $3 per person


Introduction to Surf Fishing at Delaware Seashore State Park - Indian River Life-Saving Station

Friday, May 23, 2014
9 AM

Have you always wanted to try surf fishing but weren’t sure how to get started? If so, this program is for you! Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this 3-hour program. Rods, reels and bait are provided.


Horseshoe Crabs: Delaware's Living Fossil at Delaware Seashore State Park - Indian River Life-Saving Station

Sunday, May 25, 2014
1 PM

A horseshoe crab is more than just a funny looking shell that washes up on the beach. Learn about its unique adaptations for survival, its contributions to scientific research and its key role in Delaware’s coastal ecosystem. $4 per person.


Intro To Fishing at Bellevue State Park

Sunday, May 25, 2014
11 AM

Always wanted to learn how to fish? Here’s your chance! We’ll show you the basics of catch-and-release fishing, all the way from baiting the hook, to reeling in the big one! We’ll provide materials for the class, but if you have your own tackle you may br