Let's Go Fishing Summer Program

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Get outdoors this summer by participating in a Let’s Go Fishing summer program at First State National Historical Park! The Let’s Go Fishing summer program is a FREE public program for youth and their families to learn how to fish or enhance their fishing skills. The program will be offered 8:00am to 11:30am on June 5th, June 6th, July 10th and July 11th. Each program is structured the same, so participants only need to attend one to learn everything they need to start fishing this summer! During the program, youth and their families will participate in activities that will build a foundation for safe, enjoyable fishing, and an appreciation for the watersheds they live in. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 all participants will be required to wear a mask, in accordance with CDC and OSHA guidelines; please see the “COVID Safety Policies” below for additional information.


When and where is it?

Check-in for all of the programs will start at 7:45am with the programs starting promptly at 8am. We highly encourage coming a little early so you can get settled before the program begins. You have a choice of four different dates to find the one that best fits your schedule. Below are the locations for each of the programs:

Date: Location: Address: Body of Water: Closest DART Bus Stop: Availability:
Saturday, July 10th 2021 Brandywine Valley (Smith Bridge Parking Lot) Brandywine Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803 Brandywine Creek Woodlawn Road, please note there is a 2 mile hike or a 5 minute car ride to/from this bus stop. 16 people
Sunday, July 11th 2021 Brandywine Valley (Smith Bridge Parking Lot) Brandywine Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803 Brandywine Creek Woodlawn Road, please note there is a 2 mile hike or a 5 minute car ride to/from this bus stop. 25 people

*Small groups are limited to 6 people.*

Who can participate?

All ages are encouraged to participate, but the content has been created for youth 13-15 years old. Younger and older siblings, and guardians are encouraged to participate. No fishing experience is required, but please let the park know if anyone in your family has fishing experience. Due to safety, families that have more than 5 members may be divided into two smaller groups throughout the program.


How much does it cost?

This program is 100% FREE to attend! However, anyone who would like to fish on July 10th or July 11th and is between the age of 16 and 65 will be required to have a Delaware Fishing License. The cost of that Delaware fishing license is $11.00 for in-state residents and $22.50 for out-of-state residents and can be purchased through the state on the DNREC website.

Those participating on June 5th or June 6th will not need a license as those two dates are free fishing days in Delaware.


Do I need my own fishing equipment?

No. All fishing gear and equipment will be provided for you.

Can I bring my own gear if I have it? For safety, all participants will be required to use a barbless hook, which we will provide. If you have your own fishing poles, gloves, and tackle box, you are welcome to bring your own supplies, please just let us know so we can adjust the number of supplies for that program day.


Program Overview:

Upon arrival you will need to sign-in at the registration table so we know that your party has arrived. For participants 16 to 65 fishing on July 10th or July 11th, you will be asked to show your active Delaware Fishing License. If you do not have one you will not be allowed to have a pole in the water but you will be able to participate in the program and help anyone 15 and under fish. A volunteer will be assigned to lead you and your family to your designated table, where your supplies will be located, and will assist you throughout the program. The program will kick off with a brief welcome and safety talk.

After the safety talk, you will be guided to your designated fishing area. If members of your party do not have any fishing experience, they will be required to practice casting on land before casting in the water.

After we wrap up fishing, you and your family will head back to your activity table. For the next hour, you will participate in fun and engaging programs that will continue to enhance your fishing skills and teach you about the watershed you live in. Each program will be roughly 10 minutes long, with a tiny break in between to give you time to work on your Junior Angler books, use the restroom, or have a snack.

A portable bathroom and washing station will be available for you to use. When it is time to eat a snack, we ask that you travel at least 15 feet away from the program areas and find a socially-distanced place to remove your mask.

To celebrate all of your hard work, we will be holding a brief ceremony, where you will repeat a short oath with the park rangers, to officially make you a Junior Angler. Each Junior Angler will receive a Junior Ranger Badge. Make sure you have those cameras ready!


How do I register?

Simply e-mail the park's Educational Technician the following information:

Number of participants you are registering and the following information on each participant:

  • First name, Last Initial
  • Age
  • Status of Fishing License (only for participants 16-65)
  • Level of fishing experience on a scale of 1 - 3
  • (0 - I have never fished in my life, 2- I have only done this once or twice, 3 – I go fishing all summer)
  • Any special accommodations
  • Your two preferred program dates, labeled “1st choice” and “2nd choice.”
  • Phone call to contact you in case the program is cancelled due to weather.
  • If you would like to schedule a phone call to discuss any questions or concerns.

We encourage you to register as soon as possible as spots will be limited to roughly 25 participants per day and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will close one week prior to each event date at midnight or when there are no longer any openings, which ever happens first.


COVID Safety Policies

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, all participants who have not been fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask throughout the entire program. All masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. The following items do not meet the CDC and OSHA requirements: masks that are not designed to be protective, masks that have ventilation valves, and face shields. Participants will not be asked by staff, volunteers, or partners to prove if they have been fully vaccinated, this is strictly an honor system.

Each registered group will be given a designated area that has been properly spaced out. Please refrain from interacting with other groups and maintain at least 6ft from anyone that is not in your household.

Each group will also have immediate access to disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer. In addition, there will be a washing station adjacent to the portable bathroom.


A Special Thank You to Our Partners:

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation with the generous support of L.L. Bean. However, this program would not have been possible without the amazing partnering organizations, listed below, who have donated their time and expertise to this summer program. Big thanks to everyone who helped create this fun experience for us all.

Last updated: June 15, 2021

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Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
Attn: First State NHP
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720

Phone:

(302) 544-6363
This phone number is not staffed. You can leave a message on the park's main phone number (302-544-6363) and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are visiting one of the six sites, and need specific information, please refer to the "Places to Go" page for phone numbers and addresses of each site.

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