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DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to host Fish-n-Fun Day for families on July 19 in Slaughter Beach
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, will hold its Family Fish-n-Fun Day on Sunday, July 19 at the Slaughter Beach Pavilion. Instructors will be on hand throughout the day to teach families surf fishing on the beach, and all are welcome to stop by between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to participate. The program is offered free of charge.

Participants will learn about the saltwater ecosystem, how to identify fish, fish anatomy, ethical fishing skills and fishing tackle and equipment through hands-on activities with nature center staff, interns and volunteers. Also on hand will be a Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officer, who will talk with participants about Delaware fishing regulations and boating safety. Activities will include knot-tying, baiting hooks and casting practice. Fishing gear and other materials will be provided.

Participants should pack lunch, snacks and beverages (no glass containers), sunscreen and insect repellant, and wear outdoor clothing, including beach-appropriate shoes and a hat. Activities will be held at the pavilion next to the Slaughter Beach Fire Hall, with fishing along the Slaughter Beach shoreline.

A Delaware recreational fishing license is required for participants age 16 and older; a fishing license is not required for those younger than 16 and for Delaware residents age 65 and older. Delaware fishing licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918, or click on 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk and from license agents throughout the state.

For more information on Fish-n-Fun Day, please call the DuPont Nature Center at 302-422-1329 or email dawn.cox@state.de.us.

Perched on the edge of Mispillion Harbor at the intersection of the mouths of the Mispillion River and Cedar Creek, the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s DuPont Nature Center regularly offers a variety of interactive exhibits, school tours and educational programs. The center is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford, DE 19963. Spring and summer hours from April 1 through Aug. 31 will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. September hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The center will close for the season at the end of the day Wednesday, Sept. 30, reopening in April 2016. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information about the DuPont Nature Center and its programs, visit DuPont Nature Center.

The DuPont Nature Center is a focal point of the Delaware Bayshore, and is part of DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, click Delaware Bayshore.

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