The holidays are here, and what better way to celebrate than to check out a local light display? This year, join DEC as we sponsor the Winter WonderFEST light show at Hudson Fields.

The narrow, meandering back roads around Frankford are roughly 10,000 miles away from the sweltering and expansive Australian Outback. But, hidden among the trees and fields of soybeans in the Sussex County countryside is a place to experience the exotic beauty of nature without journeying to the unforgiving landscape found down under. Barn Hill Preserve offers visitors a taste of the wild from the comfort and safety of the First State. 

Bright green frogs croak peacefully to each other in a shaded pond, cooling off from the mid-summer heat. A few hundred yards away, a working historic grist mill still stands, designed by the same Delawarean who invented another kind of amphibian — the first “human” amphibious vehicle in 1805. 

Natural and recreational opportunities abound at Killens Pond State Park, centrally located in the heart of Kent County. 

Founded in 1984, The Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro is home to hundreds of the Eastern Shore tribe’s fascinating artifacts and history. It is also the only Native American museum in Delaware.

Look up into the night sky. You’ll see just a few of the billions of stars in our own galaxy, which is one of billions of galaxies in the visible universe. Even with a basic telescope, you can see the rings of Saturn or the roaring storm we know as the red spot on Jupiter. Does that give you a feeling of awe? Do you feel a sense of wonder? These sentiments, these feelings of wonder, are just a few of the goals of the Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation, or DASEF, based at Big Oak Park in Smyrna, Delaware. 

Bombay Hook was established in 1937 as part of a chain of refuges stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It serves as a refuge and a breeding ground for migrating birds and other wildlife. Bombay Hook has become a more important refuge in recent years because of the loss of the birds’ natural habitats along their migration trail. Portions of the park are designated research areas. The refuge offers visitors a 12-mile wildlife drive, five walking trails, three observation towers and multiple hunting and wildlife photography opportunities.

Delaware’s spring turkey hunting season opens Saturday, April 9, and runs through Saturday, May 7, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Hunters are reminded that only bearded birds may be taken, and that all harvested birds must be checked at an authorized turkey check station by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the hunt. Bag limit is one bearded bird per turkey hunter per year.

Delaware is fondly known as the Small Wonder, a tiny state chock-full of surprises. Included in the wonders of the second smallest state is the Air Mobility Command Museum (AMC), which you’ll find along state Route 9 in Dover. If you’re a Delawarean and have never heard of the museum, you may be surprised by what you’ll find. 

Delaware is known for its beautiful beaches and wide variety of wildlife. Very few places display the vast number of habitats in Delaware like James Farm Ecological Preserve. James Farm, located on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, is overseen by The Delaware Center for Inland Bays. Throughout the year, it hosts numerous school groups and scout troops, and educates them about the ecosystems present in the area.

A short drive east of Milford
lays one of Delaware’s ecological treasures, known not only for
its abundance of wildlife, but
also for its sweeping views of the Delaware Bay. The DuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Harbor Reserve is the perfect place to treat your family to a day of fun and learning. The center, which
is owned and operated by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, features an observation deck and an interpretive center.

Among the hustle and bustle of the summer beach crowds lies Sussex County’s hidden gem, Trap Pond State Park. The site’s 3,800 acres offer more than just water activities, such as kayaking and fishing on the pond. Camping sites, playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, and wildlife watching are among the array of activities available at the park, providing people of all ages and interests with something to enjoy. Trap Pond also makes for an excellent picnicking area!

Cape Henlopen State Park is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The park welcomes visitors year round from near and far, coming to enjoy the beaches, nature trails, fishing, camping and picturesque scenery. Cape Henlopen offers more than just a few pretty pictures, though; it also has historic roots in shipping and military defense. Strategically positioned at the mouth of the Delaware Bay the park was crucial to commercial shipping in the 1800s and 1900s.