Upcoming Events at IR Life-Saving Station

by Dave on April 7, 2010

Here are a series of submitted releases from DNREC about events coming up at the IR Life-Saving Station:

Join us for a Lantern Tour of the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Delaware Seashore State Park invites you to take a step back in time. Over one hundred years ago, the surfmen of the United States Life-Saving Service patrolled the beaches of the Delaware Coast every night, scanning the waters for signs of ships in distress. The Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum is offering a unique program that will allow participants to walk the surfmen’s beat, patrolling the same beaches and scanning the same waters the surfmen would have covered a century ago.

The crew at the Life-Saving Station will conduct an evening lantern tour of the museum on Saturday, April 10th at 7 pm. The tour will be led by an interpreter dressed in the uniform of the turn-of-the-century Life-Saving Service patrol. Learn about shipwrecks, surfmen’s duties, and the changing Delaware coast over time. Afterward, the tour will head out to the beach with their lanterns to patrol the Delaware coast. Live the history of the United States Life-Saving Service while enjoying a stroll in the sand in Delaware Seashore State Park.

The Indian River Life-Saving Station and Museum is located on Route 1, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach and 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet. The program fee is $7.50 per person, and pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather! To register for this or other programs at the Life-Saving Station, call 302-227-6991.

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Make Your Own Turks-Head Knot Bracelet at Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum on Sunday, April 11th

Also known as “sailors’ bracelets” or “surfers’ bracelets,” these woven rope bracelets have been worn by mariners for ages, including the surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. If a sailor or surfman found themselves pitched into the water accidentally, a rescuer could grab such a bracelet with a boat hook and haul the unfortunate person to safety. Staff from the Delaware Seashore State Park will provide the rope and instruction for you to make your own! Once you learn how, you can make them for friends and sweethearts as a one-of-a-kind handmade gift. The class will be held on Sunday, April 11th from 1 pm to 2:30pm.

The Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum is in Delaware Seashore State Park on Route 1, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach and 2 miles north of the Indian River Inlet. Program fee is $7.50 per person and covers both materials and instruction. Space and materials are limited so pre-registration is required. To register for this and other programs at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum, please call 302-227-6991.

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Study the April Night Sky at Delaware Seashore State Park

For thousands of years, people from all over the world have gazed up at the night sky in awe. Chances are, the last time you were outside on a quiet, clear night, you did just the same thing – gazed up at the twinkling lights, wondered what they were, and imagined them to form various shapes and patterns.

The staff at Delaware Seashore State Park will be holding a Stargazing program at the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Friday, April 16th, at 8 pm. Participants will learn how to navigate around the night sky, identify well-known constellations (and some not-so-well known ones), and learn about the ancient legends and stories behind them.

Binoculars and a telescope will be provided. Everyone will also leave with their very own star map! It will be important to leave your flashlight at home, as it takes our eyes up to 20 minutes to adjust to the dark. If you’d like to get the true stargazing experience, bring a blanket and a pillow, because this is the only park program that you can enjoy lying down! The cost of this program is $5 per participant, and space is limited, so please pre-register by calling the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at (302) 227-6991.

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DELAWARE SEASHORE STATE PARK TO OFFER BEACH DRIVING CLINIC

Delaware Seashore State Park will be offering a beach-driving clinic for prospective surf-fishers on Saturday, April 17th from 10 am to noon. Whether it is for the first-timer who’s not quite sure how to get started or the rusty veteran who could use a refresher course, this clinic will prepare participants to drive safely and responsibly on Delaware State Parks’ surf-fishing beaches.

Join parks staff and enforcement as they go over the basics of safe and courteous beach driving. The program will outline park rules as well as licensing and equipment requirements, and will include tips and tricks to maximize your enjoyment of the sport. Participants will also be able to participate in a short practice drive on the beach, provided they have a valid surf tag on their vehicle. The fee for this program is $5 and pre-registration is not required.

Participants will meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station in Delaware Seashore State Park, 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet. For more information on this or other programs, please call the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at 302-227-6991.

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Surf-fishing Class to be held at Delaware Seashore State Park Sunday, April 18th

Calling all aspiring surf-fishermen! If you’ve been waiting for the chance to learn how to surf fish, but aren’t sure just where to begin, Delaware Seashore State Park has a program planned for you! Join parks staff on Sunday, April 18 from 10am to 1pm for an introductory class in surf-fishing.

This class will provide beginning surf-fishers with a foundation in the art and practice of the sport. This program will cover what equipment to use, current rules and regulations, and fish identification, as well as the opportunity to practice their techniques. Participants must be at least 10 years old and those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This class costs $25 per person and includes use of rod, reel, tackle, and bait. Space is limited so please pre-register for this program which will meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum.

The Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum is located on Route 1 in Delaware Seashore State Park, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach and 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet. To pre-register, or to get more information on this or other programs, please call (302) 227-6991.

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Come welcome the osprey back to Delaware Seashore State Park on Sunday, April 18th

The osprey – the most visible raptor in the Inland Bays region of Delaware – traditionally returns to the First State around March 17 each year. But, where have they been? How long will they be here?

Learn about osprey migration and their schedule of activities during time on the breeding season grounds by joining a Delaware Seashore State Park naturalist at 2:00pm, Sunday, April 18, at the Indian River Life-Saving Station for “Welcome Back Osprey.” After an indoor presentation, the group will travel by vehicle to some good locations for watching osprey behavior during the spring and summer months in the Park.
Like the iconic bald eagle, the osprey suffered a population decline between 1955 and 1980, largely due to pesticides and other pollutants. Environmental cleanup, which started in the 1970s, permitted a resurgent population growth for both the osprey and the bald eagle. In recent years, about 50 nesting pairs of osprey have been observed around the Inland Bays. This is about a third of the State’s total number of “Fish Hawks.”

Participants in the “Welcome Back Osprey” program should wear shoes that can get a little muddy and bring binoculars if available. A limited number of binoculars will be available for loan. The fee for this program is $5 and space is limited so please contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at 302-227-6991 to pre-register.

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Come ‘Build (& Fly) a Kite’ at Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum on Sunday, April 11 from 10 – 11:30am OR Saturday, April 17 from 2 – 3:30pm

Bring the kids or those just young at heart to Delaware Seashore State Park this Sunday, April 11 from 10am to 11:30am or on Saturday, April 17 from 2pm to 3:30pm as we make our own kites to fly! Naturalists will help participants construct a sled kite and decorate it before we hit the beaches to launch and show off our kite flying skills! Kites have been around for thousands of years and come in all different shapes and sizes. What design will you put on your sled kite? The sky is the limit!!

Build (& Fly) a Kite is suitable for ages 6 and up (with adult supervision). We will provide all of the construction materials, instruction, and the perfect seashore setting to fly a kite! But construction spaces and materials are limited so call today to sign up. The cost for this program is $5 per person.

This program will meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and will begin indoors and end on the beach. This program will be held rain or shine. Make sure to dress for the weather. For questions about this program or to pre-register contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at 302-227-6991.

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