Programs & Events
DNREC programs provide numerous opportunities for fun and educational activities for the public. Creating awareness in communities about the value of the environment and its resources as well as the history and culture of Delaware is a major priority of the department. Check out the DNREC calendar for upcoming events and activities.
Passport to fun
Delaware State Parks' Passport Program is just one way DNREC encourages families and friends to venture to parks throughout the state. While visiting a state park, take a selfie at a designated passport location. Upload your photos as a way to "stamp" your passport and tell us about your experience. Snap a selfie at each of the 19 locations during a single calendar year and win Delaware State Parks gear, an annual park pass for next year, and a chance to win a two-night stay in a cabin at one of the State Parks.
Find public parks and recreational facilities near you using the Play OutsiDE application. DNREC coordinates with counties and municipalities to keep this information up-to-date and provide quality outdoor recreation opportunities.
Use the magnifying glass to enter your desired location and the app will identify recreation areas within 3 miles.
Use the advanced search tool to look for specific features, like campgrounds, trails, or athletic fields or to filter to a specific county.
Zoom in on the map to see what trails and park facilities are available at each location.
This map does not include school areas or facilities.
Take a Kid Fishing is a youth program offered by the Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) operated by DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife. Kids between the ages of 6 and 15 can learn the basics of fishing with all necessary supplies provided. The AREC also hosts other youth fishing programs, such as their new Small Fry Adventures for kids ages 4 to 9 who are interested in learning about aquatic and marsh critters.
DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife has coordinated Delaware's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program since 1998 and provides workshops for adult women to learn new outdoor recreational and survival skills in a supportive environment. The program is offered each fall as a weekend or single-day event that includes activities such as the basics of camping, introduction to archery and shotgun, boating safety, plant identification, fishing, kayaking, and many more. In recent years, the types of activities have been tailored to the location of the event, which has taken place in all three counties. Women of all ages and skill levels enjoy coming together to meet new people and make lasting memories.
Blackbird Creek Fall Festival
Every fall, the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), with department-wide support, hosts an event at Blackbird Creek Reserve in Townsend. At the festival, guests can learn more about many DNREC programs, as well as cultural and historic resources of the area while enjoying family-fun activities like hayrides, archery, canoeing, and guided hikes. Fall Festival also provides an opportunity to support local artisans.
Reaching the Public and Professionals
The Delaware Wetlands Conference convenes every other year to bring together wetland professionals, researchers and other scientists, policymakers, educators, students, and interested members of the public to discuss the latest information in wetland science. Experts share new project information, scientific updates, best practices, and other wetlands knowledge. This is a large outreach effort that strengthens community knowledge of the importance of wetland habitats in Delaware and what actions people can take to help protect them.
Page reviewed 5/14/19