Killens Pond Nature Center

Killens Pond Nature Center


Killens Pond Nature Center

Visitors to the park’s nature center experience live animal exhibits featuring native reptiles and amphibians. The Pileated Woodpecker, Prothonotary Warbler and Barred Owl can often be heard in the woods at the park - explore the surrounding wooded trails along the pond's edge or simply take in the sights and sounds from the covered deck. This facility is also available for special event rentals.


Upcoming Events

Eco-Explorers: Mini Natualists

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

1:00 PM

What do Jane Goodall, John Muir, and Charles Darwin all have in common? They all study nature! They make observations, collect data, and learn all about the world around them! Learn to think like a scientist in our 'Mini Naturalists' program. Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student.

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Add to Calendar 4/16/2024 1:00:00 PM 4/16/2024 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Eco-Explorers: Mini Natualists What do Jane Goodall, John Muir, and Charles Darwin all have in common? They all study nature! They make observations, collect data, and learn all about the world around them! Learn to think like a scientist in our 'Mini Naturalists' program. Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student. Killens Pond

Friends of Killens Pond Photo Contest Drop Off Begins

Saturday, April 20, 2024

10:00 AM

Support the Friends of Killens Pond by participating in their Annual Photo Contest. Photos must be taken in a state park and cannot display any people, domestic animals or man-made structures or items. No photo-shopping or altering of photos is allowed; cropping is ok. Photos should be submitted with white matting and outer dimensions not to exceed 16”x20”. All submissions must be submitted at the Killens Park Nature Center between April 20 and 27. All submissions should include your name and phone number on the back. Photos will be judged by artists from the local community and will be on display in the nature center during the month of May. Please contact the Killens Pond Nature Center by calling 302-284-4299 or emailing DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov with any questions. There is a $10 entry fee per photo (cash or check only). All proceeds benefit the Friends of Killens Pond State Park.

Add to Calendar 4/20/2024 10:00:00 AM 4/20/2024 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Friends of Killens Pond Photo Contest Drop Off Begins Support the Friends of Killens Pond by participating in their Annual Photo Contest. Photos must be taken in a state park and cannot display any people, domestic animals or man-made structures or items. No photo-shopping or altering of photos is allowed; cropping is ok. Photos should be submitted with white matting and outer dimensions not to exceed 16”x20”. All submissions must be submitted at the Killens Park Nature Center between April 20 and 27. All submissions should include your name and phone number on the back. Photos will be judged by artists from the local community and will be on display in the nature center during the month of May. Please contact the Killens Pond Nature Center by calling 302-284-4299 or emailing DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov with any questions. There is a $10 entry fee per photo (cash or check only). All proceeds benefit the Friends of Killens Pond State Park. Killens Pond

Tales and Trails: A Totally TREErrific Earth Day

Saturday, April 20, 2024

11:00 AM

Its almost Earth day and we are going to be talking all about trees. Come join us as we learn how trees help us and how we can help them. Program will be held at the nature center. Each program will have a story and activity component. Come prepared for hands-on activities both inside and outside. Pre-registration is mandatory, and an adult must be present for the duration of the program. Ages 3-6. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per child.

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Add to Calendar 4/20/2024 11:00:00 AM 4/20/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Tales and Trails: A Totally TREErrific Earth Day Its almost Earth day and we are going to be talking all about trees. Come join us as we learn how trees help us and how we can help them. Program will be held at the nature center. Each program will have a story and activity component. Come prepared for hands-on activities both inside and outside. Pre-registration is mandatory, and an adult must be present for the duration of the program. Ages 3-6. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per child. Killens Pond

Trash or Treasure?

Sunday, April 21, 2024

1:00 PM

Did you know that each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water?! Learn all about recycling, why it matters, and how you can help the Earth along with naturalists in this Trash or Treasure: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle program! Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 4/21/2024 1:00:00 PM 4/21/2024 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Trash or Treasure? Did you know that each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water?! Learn all about recycling, why it matters, and how you can help the Earth along with naturalists in this Trash or Treasure: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle program! Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond

Friends of Killens Pond Photo Contest Drop Off Ends

Saturday, April 27, 2024

10:00 AM

Support the Friends of Killens Pond by participating in their Annual Photo Contest. Photos must be taken in a state park and cannot display any people, domestic animals or man-made structures or items. No photo-shopping or altering of photos is allowed; cropping is ok. Photos should be submitted with white matting and outer dimensions not to exceed 16”x20”. All submissions must be submitted at the Killens Park Nature Center between April 20 and 27. All submissions should include your name and phone number on the back. Photos will be judged by artists from the local community and will be on display in the nature center during the month of May. Please contact the Killens Pond Nature Center by calling 302-284-4299 or emailing DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov with any questions. There is a $10 entry fee per photo (cash or check only). All proceeds benefit the Friends of Killens Pond State Park.

Add to Calendar 4/27/2024 10:00:00 AM 4/27/2024 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Friends of Killens Pond Photo Contest Drop Off Ends Support the Friends of Killens Pond by participating in their Annual Photo Contest. Photos must be taken in a state park and cannot display any people, domestic animals or man-made structures or items. No photo-shopping or altering of photos is allowed; cropping is ok. Photos should be submitted with white matting and outer dimensions not to exceed 16”x20”. All submissions must be submitted at the Killens Park Nature Center between April 20 and 27. All submissions should include your name and phone number on the back. Photos will be judged by artists from the local community and will be on display in the nature center during the month of May. Please contact the Killens Pond Nature Center by calling 302-284-4299 or emailing DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov with any questions. There is a $10 entry fee per photo (cash or check only). All proceeds benefit the Friends of Killens Pond State Park. Killens Pond

Tree Bingo

Saturday, April 27, 2024

1:00 PM

How can you tell the difference between trees? In this program you will learn all about how to ID some of Delaware’s tree species. Then we will go on a scavenger hunt to see if you can find the trees on sheet. Note: We will not be playing bingo during this program, but the scavenger hunt will be in bingo board format. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 4/27/2024 1:00:00 PM 4/27/2024 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Tree Bingo How can you tell the difference between trees? In this program you will learn all about how to ID some of Delaware’s tree species. Then we will go on a scavenger hunt to see if you can find the trees on sheet. Note: We will not be playing bingo during this program, but the scavenger hunt will be in bingo board format. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond

Preserving Petals

Saturday, May 4, 2024

11:00 AM

Looking for a new art piece for your wall? Learn how to press and preserve flowers for years to come. Some flowers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. You will get to take home your own flower press. Program meets at the nature center. For ages 10 and older with an adult. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $20 per participant.

Add to Calendar 5/4/2024 11:00:00 AM 5/4/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Preserving Petals Looking for a new art piece for your wall? Learn how to press and preserve flowers for years to come. Some flowers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. You will get to take home your own flower press. Program meets at the nature center. For ages 10 and older with an adult. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $20 per participant. Killens Pond

Discovery Hike

Saturday, May 11, 2024

11:00 AM

Take a hike and explore! Join us as we experience nature hands, eyes and ears-on. Discovery Hikes are geared for children ages 5-10 with an adult. Dress ready to explore. Pre-registration required. Meeting location varies. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 5/11/2024 11:00:00 AM 5/11/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Discovery Hike Take a hike and explore! Join us as we experience nature hands, eyes and ears-on. Discovery Hikes are geared for children ages 5-10 with an adult. Dress ready to explore. Pre-registration required. Meeting location varies. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond

Naturalist Nature Hike

Sunday, May 12, 2024

11:00 AM

Join naturalists to hike the trails of Killens Pond State Park. Hike lengths range from 1 mile to 2.5 miles, and meeting location varies. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 5/12/2024 11:00:00 AM 5/12/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Naturalist Nature Hike Join naturalists to hike the trails of Killens Pond State Park. Hike lengths range from 1 mile to 2.5 miles, and meeting location varies. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond

Tales and Trails: Fabulous Frogs

Saturday, May 18, 2024

11:00 AM

What makes frogs so fabulous? Come join a naturalist as we find out what makes them so special. Program will be held at the nature center. Each program will have a story and activity component. Come prepared for hands-on activities both inside and outside. Pre-registration is mandatory, and an adult must be present for the duration of the program. Ages 3-6. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per child.

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Add to Calendar 5/18/2024 11:00:00 AM 5/18/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Tales and Trails: Fabulous Frogs What makes frogs so fabulous? Come join a naturalist as we find out what makes them so special. Program will be held at the nature center. Each program will have a story and activity component. Come prepared for hands-on activities both inside and outside. Pre-registration is mandatory, and an adult must be present for the duration of the program. Ages 3-6. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per child. Killens Pond

Night Hike:Frogs

Saturday, May 18, 2024

7:30 PM

Listen and learn about some of the frogs and toads that call Killens Pond home. Program will include a 1.5 mile hike. Exact meeting location will be provided after registration. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 5/18/2024 7:30:00 PM 5/18/2024 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Night Hike:Frogs Listen and learn about some of the frogs and toads that call Killens Pond home. Program will include a 1.5 mile hike. Exact meeting location will be provided after registration. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person Killens Pond

Wild Flower Walk

Sunday, May 19, 2024

11:00 AM

Take a hike with a naturalist to look for spring wild flowers. We'll discuss important characteristics used to ID flowers. The hike will be about 0.5 miles. Some field guides will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. (This is the best way to get familiar with your own resources.) The hike will start at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information and to pre-register. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 5/19/2024 11:00:00 AM 5/19/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Wild Flower Walk Take a hike with a naturalist to look for spring wild flowers. We'll discuss important characteristics used to ID flowers. The hike will be about 0.5 miles. Some field guides will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. (This is the best way to get familiar with your own resources.) The hike will start at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information and to pre-register. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond

Eco-Explorers: Metamorphosis

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

1:00 PM

Metamorphosis is when a young animal goes through a big change and looks completely different when they become an adult. What animals can you think of that go through a metamorphosis? Join naturalists to learn all about the spectacular changes some animals go through to become adults! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student

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Add to Calendar 5/21/2024 1:00:00 PM 5/21/2024 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Eco-Explorers: Metamorphosis Metamorphosis is when a young animal goes through a big change and looks completely different when they become an adult. What animals can you think of that go through a metamorphosis? Join naturalists to learn all about the spectacular changes some animals go through to become adults! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student Killens Pond

Primitive Skills: Shelter Building

Saturday, May 25, 2024

11:00 AM

Join naturalists for an informative session on wilderness survival. Learn the basics and preparation for shelter building! Open to all ages, wear outdoor clothes. This program is held at the Nature Center. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 for more information or to register. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 5/25/2024 11:00:00 AM 5/25/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Primitive Skills: Shelter Building Join naturalists for an informative session on wilderness survival. Learn the basics and preparation for shelter building! Open to all ages, wear outdoor clothes. This program is held at the Nature Center. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 for more information or to register. $5 per person Killens Pond

Public Wagon Ride

Saturday, May 25, 2024

5:00 PM

Enjoy a 40-minute trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride - bring your own blankets if desired as there will be no hay added to the wagon benches. Weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $6 per person

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Add to Calendar 5/25/2024 5:00:00 PM 5/25/2024 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Public Wagon Ride Enjoy a 40-minute trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride - bring your own blankets if desired as there will be no hay added to the wagon benches. Weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $6 per person Killens Pond

Guided Kayak Paddle

Sunday, May 26, 2024

6:30 PM

Enjoy a guided kayak tour of the pond! You will get wet. Closed-toed shoes are required, and old clothes are recommended. For ages 13+. Previous paddling experience recommended; must be comfortable paddling. Don’t forget your water and flashlight. Kayak programs are weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $20 per paddler

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Add to Calendar 5/26/2024 6:30:00 PM 5/26/2024 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Guided Kayak Paddle Enjoy a guided kayak tour of the pond! You will get wet. Closed-toed shoes are required, and old clothes are recommended. For ages 13+. Previous paddling experience recommended; must be comfortable paddling. Don’t forget your water and flashlight. Kayak programs are weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $20 per paddler Killens Pond

Accessible Naturalist Nature Hike

Monday, May 27, 2024

11:00 AM

This naturalist nature hike will be on the accessible bike trail. Hike is about 1 mile, out and back. Trail surface is crushed stone and max grade is 6%. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 5/27/2024 11:00:00 AM 5/27/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Accessible Naturalist Nature Hike This naturalist nature hike will be on the accessible bike trail. Hike is about 1 mile, out and back. Trail surface is crushed stone and max grade is 6%. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond

Tubular Turtles

Saturday, June 1, 2024

11:00 AM

How do turtles live both in water and on land? Do they really live for a 100 years? Why do they have shells? We will answer these and more questions in this program all about turtles. This program includes appearances by our ambassador turtles. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 6/1/2024 11:00:00 AM 6/1/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Tubular Turtles How do turtles live both in water and on land? Do they really live for a 100 years? Why do they have shells? We will answer these and more questions in this program all about turtles. This program includes appearances by our ambassador turtles. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person Killens Pond

Leave it to Beavers!

Sunday, June 2, 2024

11:00 AM

Have you ever seen a tree chewed on by beavers and wanted to learn more about them?! Join a naturalist to learn all about beavers! Program meets at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 6/2/2024 11:00:00 AM 6/2/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Leave it to Beavers! Have you ever seen a tree chewed on by beavers and wanted to learn more about them?! Join a naturalist to learn all about beavers! Program meets at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond

Discovery Hike

Saturday, June 8, 2024

11:00 AM

Take a hike and explore! Join us as we experience nature hands, eyes and ears-on. Discovery Hikes are geared for children ages 5-10 with an adult. Dress ready to explore. Pre-registration required. Meeting location varies. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 6/8/2024 11:00:00 AM 6/8/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Discovery Hike Take a hike and explore! Join us as we experience nature hands, eyes and ears-on. Discovery Hikes are geared for children ages 5-10 with an adult. Dress ready to explore. Pre-registration required. Meeting location varies. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond

Naturalist Nature Hike

Sunday, June 9, 2024

11:00 AM

Join naturalists to hike the trails of Killens Pond State Park. Hike lengths range from 1 mile to 2.5 miles, and meeting location varies. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 6/9/2024 11:00:00 AM 6/9/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Naturalist Nature Hike Join naturalists to hike the trails of Killens Pond State Park. Hike lengths range from 1 mile to 2.5 miles, and meeting location varies. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond

Tales and Trails: Hide N'Seek

Saturday, June 15, 2024

11:00 AM

Peekaboo!! Discover how animals can hide so well in their homes through a story and play! Program will be held at the nature center. Each program will have a story and activity component. Come prepared for hands-on activities both inside and outside. Pre-registration is mandatory, and an adult must be present for the duration of the program. Ages 3-6. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per child

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Add to Calendar 6/15/2024 11:00:00 AM 6/15/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Tales and Trails: Hide N'Seek Peekaboo!! Discover how animals can hide so well in their homes through a story and play! Program will be held at the nature center. Each program will have a story and activity component. Come prepared for hands-on activities both inside and outside. Pre-registration is mandatory, and an adult must be present for the duration of the program. Ages 3-6. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per child Killens Pond

Beginner Fishing

Sunday, June 16, 2024

10:00 AM

Want to learn how to fish? Now's your chance! Join us as we guide you through the basics of fishing, like casting, baiting hooks and reeling one in. We will provide rods, but feel free to bring your own if you have one. A valid non-tidal fishing license will be required for any participant 16 years or older. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $10 per participant

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Add to Calendar 6/16/2024 10:00:00 AM 6/16/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Beginner Fishing Want to learn how to fish? Now's your chance! Join us as we guide you through the basics of fishing, like casting, baiting hooks and reeling one in. We will provide rods, but feel free to bring your own if you have one. A valid non-tidal fishing license will be required for any participant 16 years or older. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $10 per participant Killens Pond

Night Hike: Full Moon

Saturday, June 22, 2024

8:30 PM

We be learning about the moon on this hike. We will look to get a good a view of the moon as well. Exact meeting location will be provided after registration. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 6/22/2024 8:30:00 PM 6/22/2024 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Night Hike: Full Moon We be learning about the moon on this hike. We will look to get a good a view of the moon as well. Exact meeting location will be provided after registration. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person Killens Pond

SUNday Funday

Sunday, June 23, 2024

11:00 AM

Ever wonder why you can see the sun in the day if it is a star? Ever wonder if it is actually bad to stare at the sun? Join a naturalist as we learn all about the sun and answer these and more questions about the sun. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 6/23/2024 11:00:00 AM 6/23/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York SUNday Funday Ever wonder why you can see the sun in the day if it is a star? Ever wonder if it is actually bad to stare at the sun? Join a naturalist as we learn all about the sun and answer these and more questions about the sun. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond

Guided Kayak Paddle

Saturday, June 29, 2024

7:00 PM

Enjoy a guided kayak tour of the pond! You will get wet and muddy. Closed-toed shoes are required, and old clothes are recommended. For ages 13+. Previous paddling experience recommended; must be comfortable paddling. Don’t forget your water and flashlight. Kayak programs are weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $20 per paddler

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Add to Calendar 6/29/2024 7:00:00 PM 6/29/2024 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Guided Kayak Paddle Enjoy a guided kayak tour of the pond! You will get wet and muddy. Closed-toed shoes are required, and old clothes are recommended. For ages 13+. Previous paddling experience recommended; must be comfortable paddling. Don’t forget your water and flashlight. Kayak programs are weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $20 per paddler Killens Pond