Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge has prepared a month's worth of activities for June, starting Saturday, June 7, with a Youth Fishing event which will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In partnership with the Lower Sussex Bassmasters fishing club for 11 years, this event promotes the recreation of fishing for anglers up through 15 years old on the Broadkill River in Milton Memorial Park.
Refuge staff and volunteers provide a riverside display and fish tank to educate youngsters and their families about fish, fishing, and the National Wildlife Refuge System. Fun activities such as fish printing on T-shirts that illustrate the art of gyotaku will be provided.
Members of the fishing club coordinate the fishing derby; provide boats for the youngsters to fish from; arrange for train rides by the Milton Lions Club; and provide hot dogs, sodas, bait, hooks, weights, and great prizes. Everything is free - just bring a fishing pole! Youngsters can fish from the bank or boat. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Rain date is Sunday, June 8.
At 8 a.m., Wednesday, June 11, is Nature Through a Lens - Photographing the Hook. Participants will select a location on the refuge and photograph plants, wildlife, and landscapes every month. Images will be printed and displayed in the auditorium to showcase nature’s seasonal transitions. Bring a camera or borrow one from the refuge. Meet in the refuge auditorium.
An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series offers "Interesting and Unusual Mushrooms of Delaware" from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 12. Many edible and non-edible mushrooms have long been used worldwide, especially in the Orient, for medicinal purposes. This presentation by Michael Maciarello discusses important new and traditional medicinal and commercial uses of some mushrooms in Delaware. The lecture is free, open to the public, and fun for the entire family. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis in the refuge auditorium. Llight refreshments will be offered at 6:30 p.m.
S.N.A.P. it! (Shutterbugs for Nature And Photography) offers an informative and fun workshop on nature photography from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, June 16. The refuge will provide the cameras. This program is for families that want to learn new, fun ways to play outside together while discovering wildlife and their habitats. The program features a tutorial session and time to snap photos in the outdoors. Participants will take copies home and photographs will also be put on display in the refuge’s Visitor Center and on the refuge’s website. Cameras are limited; call to preregister. The program is free. Meet at the refuge office.
Pondside Adventures are set for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 19. Participants will discover what types of fish and aquatic insects live in the area during this hands-on exploration of refuge waters by pulling a seine net or scooping a dip net. Footwear is required; sunscreen and hats are recommended for this wet and wild activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the refuge office.
A Birding Field Trip will be announced later in the month.
The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday year round from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On weekends, the Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from December through March and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April through November.
The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday year round from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On weekends, the Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from December through March and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through November.
Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Prime_Hook or call the refuge office at 302-684-8419 to learn more about other events and programs throughout the year.