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Laura Lee, Fort Delaware State Park, 302-834-7941;

Heronry and Wetlands Programs set for May 24

DELAWARE CITY (May 14, 2014) – Fort Delaware State Park and Port Penn Interpretive Center are hosting two, free special events on Saturday, May 24. Both focus on the marshland of Pea Patch Island, which the heronry shares with Fort Delaware.

The heronry on Pea Patch Island is the site for the program Herons and History at 11:30 a.m. on May 24. The program features a nature hike to view the active island heronry, one of the largest nesting heronries north of Florida. Participants should take the 10 or 11 a.m. ferry to arrive in time for the program. Following the program, a naturalist will be available on the island dock with a spotting scope for visitors to observe the heronry as well as the resident bald eagle population.

Just five miles south, in Port Penn, a Family Wetlands Walk for all ages departs from the Port Penn Interpretive Center at 2 p.m.  Sunscreen and bug repellent are strongly recommended for both adventures. 

The Port Penn Interpretive Center is open Fridays through Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Admission is free and groups are welcome by pre-arrangement.

More information about Fort Delaware State Park and the Port Penn Interpretive Center is available by calling 302-834-7941 or visiting  

Vol. 44, No. 160

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