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Division of Parks and Recreation

The Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 20,000 acres in 16 state parks, manages state nature preserves, and monitors conservation easements protecting more than 4,000 acres of land. The division preserves cultural and historic resources, from a Civil War-era fort to elegant estates. And it provides a wide variety of recreational and educational opportunities for Delawareans and visitors. Find more information on state park programs and amenities at DEStateParks.com.


News From Delaware State Parks

  • DNREC Parks Director Earns National Award September 17, 2021
    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Division of Parks and Recreation Director Ray Bivens has received the 2021 National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) Conference Distinguished Service Award Sept. 10 during the NASPD’s annual conference.
  • DNREC to Host Auburn Valley Master Plan Community Meeting September 10, 2021
    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will host a community meeting to discuss updates to the Auburn Valley Master Plan, including current and future recreational, residential and commercial developments that are part of the master plan area, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, at the Center for the Creative Arts in […]
  • DNREC to Begin Construction on Fort Delaware Enhancements September 7, 2021
    The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will begin construction this week on several projects at Fort Delaware State Park that will improve visitor experience. All areas of the fort normally open to the public will remain open.  The $3.7 million project, funded by multiple sources, includes the following enhancements at the fort: […]
  • DNREC Reopens The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park August 31, 2021
    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half-mile along the bay shoreline, Wednesday, Sept. 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until Oct. 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter. The area […]

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