Please Keep Off The Dunes … But Why?

by Dave on July 14, 2009

We have all encountered those common signs asking beach visitors to stay off the dunes and beach grass, but few people really have a strong understanding why this is so important.  The staff at Delaware Seashore State Park is offering an informative program to educate beach goers about the importance of Delaware’s dunes, and why we need to stay off them.  Not only will visitors gain an understanding of the importance of sand dunes, but they will also learn how dunes are formed and how plants and animals are able to adapt and survive in this harsh environment.

The program will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 25th.   It is against park policy to walk on the dunes so it can be difficult to actually see this unique habitat.  Therefore, a naturalist will transport the group via van, to different areas of the park to catch a rare glimpse of accessible examples of dune life.  At the conclusion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to fine-tune their plant identification skills and become familiar with some specific types of vegetation that call the sand dunes home.

The fee for this program is $3 and pre-registration is required.  For more information on this or other programs offered at Delaware Seashore State Park, or to register, please call the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at (302) 227-6991.

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