DNREC to reduce facility hours for January


DELAWARE — The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will close or reduce hours for public activities and facilities due to the surge in coronavirus cases.

State parks, nature and wildlife areas will continue to be open, however the following changes due to predicted staffing shortages will be in place:

  • The Brandywine Zoo will reduce its open hours to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in January.
  • Public restroom facilities in state parks and reserves will close starting next week. Portable toilets will be available for visitors in place of the public restrooms. Campground facilities will remain open.
  • State park offices will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nature centers, interpretive centers and museums, and the St. Jones Reserve visitor center will be closed starting Monday. Jan. 3.
  • The Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center will continue to operate with reduced days and hours by appointment only. Details are available at de.gov/ommelanden.
  • Indoor programs will either be held virtually or canceled. Outdoor programming and volunteering will continue. Restrictions may apply to outdoor programs. For questions regarding specific programs, contact the office at the park or location where the program is scheduled.
  • First Day Hikes will still occur on Saturday and will have a self-check-in option at each park.
  • Mandatory in-person hunter education field days in January will continue, but with fewer students in smaller groups.

All of these conditions are subject to change. To stay up to date with those changes visit their website.

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