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KILLENS POND STATE PARK


About the Park

The centerpiece of Killens Pond State Park, conveniently located in central Delaware, is the 66-acre millpond, which was established in the late 1700s. Before the pond was created, the Murderkill River and surrounding hardwood forest were sites of several Native American homes and hunting camps. Killens Pond became a state park in 1965.

Featured Program: Winter Break Out: Who let the Snakes Out?

Featured Program: Winter Break Out: Who let the Snakes Out?

How do we care for the amphibians and reptiles at the nature center? Get hands on experience and learn how they survive in the wild. $5 per child. *For Ages 7-12. Program lasts about two hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors. . Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Add to Calendar 12/27/2018 10:00 12/27/2018 12:00 America/New_York Featured Program: Winter Break Out: Who let the Snakes Out? How do we care for the amphibians and reptiles at the nature center? Get hands on experience and learn how they survive in the wild. $5 per child. *For Ages 7-12. Program lasts about two hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors. . Killens Pond State Park


Fishing and Boating

boats at killens pond

The pond is home to largemouth bass, catfish, carp, perch, crappie, bluegills, and pickerel, all of which await the patient angler.* A convenient boat launching ramp is available, and canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented during the summer. Paddlers will also enjoy the park's water trail up the Murderkill River.

A fishing license required to fish in Delaware State Parks. Get info about fishing permits

Check prices or get more detailed info on how you can canoe, kayak, or paddle Killens Pond

Waterpark Thrills

The waterpark at Killens Pond State Park

Starting from 54 feet in the air, our two speed slides and two spiral slides with tunnels offer heart-pounding excitement for those who dare! The main pool's zero-depth entrance makes getting in and out easy, and smaller visitors will enjoy the tot pool and tot lot, featuring bubblers, ground water jets, small slides, and a pool-side waterplay system. A food concession and swim shop offer everything you need for a day full of waterpark fun. A separate per-person admission fee is charged at the waterpark. Visit our waterpark page

Camping and Cabins

The year-round wooded campground offers electric and water hookups, accommodating both tents and recreational vehicles, as well as a primitive walk-in camping loop for tents only. Family cabins sleep four and feature an efficiency kitchen with an eating area, bedroom, bath with shower, A/C, and heat. The roomier, deluxe Pond View Cottage has extra amenities and an outstanding view of the pond. Click for Camping Information

Recreational Activities

Hiking and biking trails and a cross-country running course wind through several types of habitat featuring native plants and animals. Game courts and ball fields satisfy the athlete, and an 18-hole disc golf course challenges players to test their skill with a flying disc. The park also features playground equipment and picnic areas, and four pavilions are available to reserve for larger group events. Educational and recreational programs are conducted throughout the year at the Killens Pond Nature Center, which also features a permanent exhibit of local reptiles and amphibians and is also available for meetings and private events. Rent the Killens Pond Nature Center

Nature Preserve

Fork Branch Nature Preserve – contains mature upland forest and is the second largest forest tract in the St. Jones River watershed and coastal plain pond wetlands. Barred owls nest in the mature floodplain forest (Barred owls are a species of conservation concern due to the little mature floodplain remaining in Delaware) and it is also home to a variety of migratory and resident birds including Red-shouldered Hawk, another species of conservation concern, Prothonotary Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, White-breasted Nuthatch and Pileated Woodpecker..

The preserve is located at the corner of Kenton and West Denneys roads, along the Maidstone Branch in the St. Jones River Watershed.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only). Parking on site.

Acreage: 257 acres

Upcoming Events

Make a Holiday Swag

Saturday, December 15, 2018

10 a.m.

This floral design class is sure to get you in the spirit of the holidays. The class will be taught by Wendy Aycoth, a long time teacher of floral design. This swag will be made with fresh evergreens, on a raw baking potato. What to Bring: A large raw baking potato Decorative items such as ribbons, Christmas balls, white twigs, pine cones( can be glittered) Garden Shears. To reserve your spot please call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $25 per person.

Add to Calendar 12/15/2018 10:00 12/15/2018 12:00 America/New_York Make a Holiday Swag This floral design class is sure to get you in the spirit of the holidays. The class will be taught by Wendy Aycoth, a long time teacher of floral design. This swag will be made with fresh evergreens, on a raw baking potato. What to Bring: A large raw baking potato Decorative items such as ribbons, Christmas balls, white twigs, pine cones( can be glittered) Garden Shears. To reserve your spot please call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $25 per person. Killens Pond State Park

Floral Design Class

Saturday, December 22, 2018

10 a.m.

Would you like to have flowers on your table for all the holidays? Then come join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, longtime designer and teacher. Each class is a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information and to sign up call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $20 per class.

Add to Calendar 12/22/2018 10:00 12/22/2018 12:00 America/New_York Floral Design Class Would you like to have flowers on your table for all the holidays? Then come join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, longtime designer and teacher. Each class is a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information and to sign up call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $20 per class. Killens Pond State Park

Featured Program: Winter Break Out: Who let the Snakes Out?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

10 a.m.

How do we care for the amphibians and reptiles at the nature center? Get hands on experience and learn how they survive in the wild. $5 per child. *For Ages 7-12. Program lasts about two hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors. .

Add to Calendar 12/27/2018 10:00 12/27/2018 12:00 America/New_York Featured Program: Winter Break Out: Who let the Snakes Out? How do we care for the amphibians and reptiles at the nature center? Get hands on experience and learn how they survive in the wild. $5 per child. *For Ages 7-12. Program lasts about two hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors. . Killens Pond State Park

Featured Program: Winter Break Out: Eco-Explorers

Friday, December 28, 2018

10 a.m.

Learn about saving the planet and how we can make a difference. Take home an up-cycling craft! $5 per child. *For Ages 7-12. Program lasts about two hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors.

Add to Calendar 12/28/2018 10:00 12/28/2018 12:00 America/New_York Featured Program: Winter Break Out: Eco-Explorers Learn about saving the planet and how we can make a difference. Take home an up-cycling craft! $5 per child. *For Ages 7-12. Program lasts about two hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors. Killens Pond State Park

Featured Program: First Day Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

1 p.m.

Join us for a hike with friends. We will hold multiple hikes of various lengths starting from the nature center. Dogs must be on a leash. FREE.

Add to Calendar 1/1/2019 13:00 1/1/2019 14:00 America/New_York Featured Program: First Day Hike Join us for a hike with friends. We will hold multiple hikes of various lengths starting from the nature center. Dogs must be on a leash. FREE. Killens Pond State Park

Winter Birding Series: Winter Pond Survey

Saturday, January 5, 2019

1 p.m.

Stroll the pondside trail scanning for different species of birds to help with our bird count. We have a limited supply of binoculars, so bring yours if you have them! Pre- Registration suggested, call the nature center at 302-284-4299. FREE.

Add to Calendar 1/5/2019 13:00 1/5/2019 14:00 America/New_York Winter Birding Series: Winter Pond Survey Stroll the pondside trail scanning for different species of birds to help with our bird count. We have a limited supply of binoculars, so bring yours if you have them! Pre- Registration suggested, call the nature center at 302-284-4299. FREE. Killens Pond State Park

Winter Gardening 101

Sunday, January 6, 2019

1 p.m.

Come to the Nature Center and learn how to keep your kale curly and your lettuce fresh through the coldest climates. Pre- Registration Required, call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $2 per person. .

Add to Calendar 1/6/2019 13:00 1/6/2019 14:00 America/New_York Winter Gardening 101 Come to the Nature Center and learn how to keep your kale curly and your lettuce fresh through the coldest climates. Pre- Registration Required, call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $2 per person. . Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool Program

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

1 p.m.

Our new homeschool program for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult whereparticipants will donate some time in service projects and then will spend timewith a naturalist learning about the ecosystems at the park. Natural historytopics will vary weekly. Dress for workand play. Pre-registration is required;call (302) 284-4299.

Add to Calendar 1/8/2019 14:00 1/8/2019 16:00 America/New_York Homeschool Program Our new homeschool program for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult whereparticipants will donate some time in service projects and then will spend timewith a naturalist learning about the ecosystems at the park. Natural historytopics will vary weekly. Dress for workand play. Pre-registration is required;call (302) 284-4299. Killens Pond State Park

Hands-On-Pottery

Saturday, January 12, 2019

11 a.m.

Experience how First Nations peoples created clay vessels for cooking and storing foods. Practice making clay pots to them home with you. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Space is limited, must pre-register for this program by calling 302-284-4299. FREE.

Add to Calendar 1/12/2019 11:00 1/12/2019 13:00 America/New_York Hands-On-Pottery Experience how First Nations peoples created clay vessels for cooking and storing foods. Practice making clay pots to them home with you. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Space is limited, must pre-register for this program by calling 302-284-4299. FREE. Killens Pond State Park

Terrific Tracks

Sunday, January 13, 2019

1 p.m.

Who left those prints? A fox? Your neighbor's cat? Join us at the nature center to learn the difference. To register- or for additional information please call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. FREE.

Add to Calendar 1/13/2019 13:00 1/13/2019 14:00 America/New_York Terrific Tracks Who left those prints? A fox? Your neighbor's cat? Join us at the nature center to learn the difference. To register- or for additional information please call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. FREE. Killens Pond State Park

PaintNite by Day

Saturday, January 19, 2019

1 p.m.

Sip wine and express your inner artist. Meet at the Nature Center. No prior experience needed. Must be 21 or older. One glass provided; additional glasses may be purchased. Pre-Registration is required, call 302-284-4299. $35 per person. This program is brought to you by the Friends of Killens Pond. .

Add to Calendar 1/19/2019 13:00 1/19/2019 15:00 America/New_York PaintNite by Day Sip wine and express your inner artist. Meet at the Nature Center. No prior experience needed. Must be 21 or older. One glass provided; additional glasses may be purchased. Pre-Registration is required, call 302-284-4299. $35 per person. This program is brought to you by the Friends of Killens Pond. . Killens Pond State Park

Floral Design Class

Saturday, January 26, 2019

10 a.m.

Would you like to have flowers on your table for all the holidays? Then come join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, longtime designer and teacher. Each class is a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information and to sign up call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $20 per class.

Add to Calendar 1/26/2019 10:00 1/26/2019 12:00 America/New_York Floral Design Class Would you like to have flowers on your table for all the holidays? Then come join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, longtime designer and teacher. Each class is a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information and to sign up call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $20 per class. Killens Pond State Park

Shiver-No-More Shelter Building

Saturday, January 26, 2019

1 p.m.

Meet at the Nature Center to learn about survival shelters! Learn techniques for building warmer shelters and then try your hand at building your own. FREE.

Add to Calendar 1/26/2019 13:00 1/26/2019 14:00 America/New_York Shiver-No-More Shelter Building Meet at the Nature Center to learn about survival shelters! Learn techniques for building warmer shelters and then try your hand at building your own. FREE. Killens Pond State Park

The Charles Tilton Site

Saturday, February 2, 2019

1 p.m.

Archaeologist John McCarthy will discuss the Charles Tilton site. Part of the site was excavated in the 1990s. Learn about the findings and about the tilton family's everyday life as documented by the fragments recovered from the site. Pre- Registration required, please call 302-284-4299. FREE.

Add to Calendar 2/2/2019 13:00 2/2/2019 14:00 America/New_York The Charles Tilton Site Archaeologist John McCarthy will discuss the Charles Tilton site. Part of the site was excavated in the 1990s. Learn about the findings and about the tilton family's everyday life as documented by the fragments recovered from the site. Pre- Registration required, please call 302-284-4299. FREE. Killens Pond State Park

Winter Birding Series: Preparing Your Yard

Saturday, February 9, 2019

1 p.m.

Learn what to do and what not to do to make your yard a bird paradise. Like planting, feeders, and structures that are ideal for our feathered friends. Pre-Registration suggested, call the nature center at 302-284-4299. FREE.

Add to Calendar 2/9/2019 13:00 2/9/2019 14:00 America/New_York Winter Birding Series: Preparing Your Yard Learn what to do and what not to do to make your yard a bird paradise. Like planting, feeders, and structures that are ideal for our feathered friends. Pre-Registration suggested, call the nature center at 302-284-4299. FREE. Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool Program

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

1 p.m.

Our new homeschool program for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult whereparticipants will donate some time in service projects and then will spend timewith a naturalist learning about the ecosystems at the park. Natural historytopics will vary weekly. Dress for workand play. Pre-registration is required;call (302) 284-4299.

Add to Calendar 2/12/2019 14:00 2/12/2019 16:00 America/New_York Homeschool Program Our new homeschool program for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult whereparticipants will donate some time in service projects and then will spend timewith a naturalist learning about the ecosystems at the park. Natural historytopics will vary weekly. Dress for workand play. Pre-registration is required;call (302) 284-4299. Killens Pond State Park

Valentine Candles and Tea

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

05:30 p.m.

Enjoy a night of good spirits and create a nature-themed candle for your loved one. Space is limited; registration required. Call 302-284-4299. $6 per person. .

Add to Calendar 2/13/2019 17:30 2/13/2019 18:30 America/New_York Valentine Candles and Tea Enjoy a night of good spirits and create a nature-themed candle for your loved one. Space is limited; registration required. Call 302-284-4299. $6 per person. . Killens Pond State Park

Migrate, Hibernate, or Adapt

Saturday, February 16, 2019

1 p.m.

Come to the Nature Center to discover what the parks animals do to survive in the cold and meet some of our resident reptiles. To register- or for additional information please call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. FREE.

Add to Calendar 2/16/2019 13:00 2/16/2019 14:00 America/New_York Migrate, Hibernate, or Adapt Come to the Nature Center to discover what the parks animals do to survive in the cold and meet some of our resident reptiles. To register- or for additional information please call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. FREE. Killens Pond State Park

Floral Design Class

Saturday, February 23, 2019

10 a.m.

Would you like to have flowers on your table for all the holidays? Then come join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, longtime designer and teacher. Each class is a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information and to sign up call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $20 per class.

Add to Calendar 2/23/2019 10:00 2/23/2019 12:00 America/New_York Floral Design Class Would you like to have flowers on your table for all the holidays? Then come join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, longtime designer and teacher. Each class is a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information and to sign up call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $20 per class. Killens Pond State Park

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