• Fulmer Falls at George W. Childs Park

    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

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  • Hornbecks Creek Trail Partial Closure

    The trail is closed between the first and second waterfall; a portion of the trail has sloughed off, causing a hazardous condition. The first waterfall is accessible from the 209 trailhead and the second waterfall is accessible from Emory Road.

  • Dingmans Falls Area and Road Closed

    Dingmans Falls Visitor Center, the boardwalk trail to the falls, and the access road will be closed through September as repairs to the road are made. We anticipate the area reopening in October.

Curriculum Materials

Geology Curriculum: grades 3 through 6:
The Many Faces of Delaware Water Gap

Program Description
Rocks don't have to be dull! Park rangers, federal geologists, and local teachers worked together to prove it--the result is The Many Faces of Delaware Water Gap, a geology curriculum for grades 3 through 6. The two-color, 125-page binder explores both famous and little-known evidence of the park's formation. It includes curriculum-based field trips for five locations in the park in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as background material, a glossary, directions to sites, and practical suggestions for field trips.

Field trips include:
Point of Gap Overlook PA (overlooking the Water Gap from Rt. 611 at the south end of the park)
Lake Lenape PA (near the Water Gap in the village of Delaware Water Gap PA, at the south end of the park)
A cemetery (headstone) field trip PA (on Route 209 in Bushkill PA, about 18 miles north of Delaware Water Gap PA)
Dingmans Falls PA (off Route 209, about 30 miles north of Interstate 80 and 8 miles south of Milford PA)
Haneys Mills NJ (about 3 miles south of Walpack Center NJ and 5 miles north of Millbrook Village NJ)Theme
Understanding the park's geologic resources provides a foundation for the understanding the area's varied natural, cultural, recreational resources.

Instructional Objectives
• Identify properties of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
• Observe the landscape and discuss how erosion and the hardness of rocks play an important role in the creation of ridges and valleys
• Identify the geological and political factors that influenced the creation of DEWA

Curriculum-based Program? Yes
Pre-visit activities are provided.
Post-visit activities are provided.
Subject: Science/Technology
Ties to Curriculum
History/Social Sciences - 5.2.3c, 5.2.3e (civics and government)
Science/Technology - 3.5.4a, 3.5.7a, (environment and ecology)
4.5.4b, 4.6.7b (science and technology) ,
Other - NJ Standards of Learning: 5.6.11, 5.7.4, 5.10.6, 5.10.2

Seasons offered: year-round
Type of Program: field-trip
Program is held: in the park
Target Audience: Grades 3 through 6
Program Cost: free
Program Length: 1/2 Day
Days of week offered: all
Accessible to people with disabilities? Yes
Group size: 21-30
Chaperone/student ratio: 1:10
Who leads the group? ranger-led, teacher-led

NOTE: There are multiple program sites in the park.
Food available
? No
Water available? Yes
Restrooms: Available
Car parking available? Yes
Bus parking available? Yes
Where does program meet? Call for information

Teachers and educators are invited to contact the park for a free copy of the curriculum guide.


Did You Know?

A bear peeking out from cornstalks.

... that Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is home to hundreds of black bears. The bears are usually peaceful, but they are still large, wild animals that can maul a person. Don't approach or annoy bears! Don't let your dog chase a mother bear or her cubs! NEVER FEED A BEAR! More...