DNREC drops fees at state parks as way to get residents outdoors

The Delaware  Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will charge no fees for entering  Delaware State Parks and state wildlife areas until April 30.


“Times are challenging and options are few, and this is an opportunity for Delawareans to experience our amazing parks and wildlife areas, to embrace nature while we maintain social distance from each other,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Hopefully, people will enjoy them enough that they will want to keep coming back long after coronavirus has passed, so we encourage people to buy a state park or wildlife conservation area pass online to use for the rest of the season and to support park and wildlife area operations.”


All state park campsites, cabins, bathhouses, cottages continue to be open at this time. Buildings such as park and wildlife area offices and nature centers closed at the end of the  day Tuesday, and programs and tours are canceled. Anyone visiting a park or wildlife area is encouraged to engage in responsible social distancing practices and avoid groups.

Most Department-related events and programs, including tours, training and special events have been postponed.
The Department remains open. Many office-based employees are working from home and remote locations or relocating within offices to create distance among individuals. 
For the latest information on COVID-19 in Delaware, visit de.gov/coronavirus.
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