Hike and lecture series planned at state park

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering a series of programs this January to help people get outdoors, stay active and learn about the history and natural wonders of the area.

The January Hike Series continues each Sunday in January. A park naturalist will lead a hike in a different location each week within the park. All hikes begin at 1 p.m., and pre-registration is required. The fee for hikes is $5 per person.

The hiking schedule is as follows: Jan. 10, Burton Island Nature Preserve; Jan. 17, Prickly Pear Trail at Fresh Pond; Jan. 24, Thompson Island Nature Preserve; and Jan. 31, Indian River Inlet Bridge and “Coin Beach.”

Also continuing through January is the Tuesday evening lecture series. The lectures take place at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at 5 p.m., and each Tuesday will feature a different topic. The lecture series is free and all participants will receive a coupon to a local restaurant to use that evening after the lecture.

The lecture series is as follows: Jan. 12, “The Indian River Inlet: The last 100 years”; Jan. 19, “What’s the story behind the WWII towers?”; and Jan. 26, “Responding to Marine Mammal Strandings,” presented by the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute.

For more information or to pre-register for a hike, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station at (302) 227-6991 or visit destateparks.com/park/delaware-seashore.