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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’s Delaware State Parks, Zoo Waive Entry Fees Friday for #OptOutside Movement November 22, 2021
    Delaware State Parks has waived state park and zoo entry fees annually on Black Friday since 2015 as part of a the #OptOutside movement. The public is invited to enjoy free entry to Delaware’s state parks and zoo Friday, Nov. 26. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has waived state park and zoo […]
  • DNREC’s Low-Digit Surf Fishing Tag Auction Starts Nov. 22 November 19, 2021
    Between Nov. 22 and Dec. 9, bidders will have the option to bid on 15 tags including tags 26, 54, 132, 211, 301, 454 and on nine “choice” categories, ranging from tags 51 to 9999. The highest bidder in each choice category can choose a number, if not already sold, within that category.   The […]
  • Delaware State Parks Wins National Competition for Excellence November 16, 2021
    Gov. John Carney joined Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn M. Garvin today to announce that DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation has won the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) and National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA) 2021 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation […]
  • DNREC to Remove Holts Landing State Park Boat Ramp Dock for Repairs November 12, 2021
    The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will remove the Holts Landing State Park boat ramp dock next week until spring 2022. The dock was damaged by a storm and a severe low- and high-tide cycle.  The dock will be removed for repairs and will be replaced in the spring. The boat ramp […]

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