2018 Prime Hook NWR Events Schedule

May through October
Bee  To connect you and your family with nature, many activities, programs, and special events are planned this year. 


PLEASE NOTE: All An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series programs are now being held at the Milton CHEER Center which is located 2 miles west of Route 1 on Route 16 (Broadkill Rd). This change in venue will give us more seating space, so that reservations are no longer required.

 Tuesday, May 8 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series-A Meeting of Migrations - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Please join us in viewing the Michael Oates production to raise awareness and understanding about the ecological connection between horseshoe crabs and shorebirds migrating through the Delaware Bay area. Michael will be joining us to discuss the project.


Saturday, May 26 - Horseshoe Crab-Shorebird Festival - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  In partnership with the Milton Chamber of Commerce, this festival celebrates horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, and other natural resources while encouraging citizen awareness and participation in wildlife-dependent recreation. Activities occur at the Milton Municipal Park and Prime Hook NWR each will be offering choices from art to science and nature education.  Milton Municipal Park will have a tent with exhibits from environmental organizations.  Prime Hook NWR will feature opportunities for visitors to get outside and connect with nature including guided nature hikes, videos, birding trips, horseshoe crab touch tank, and more. 


Tuesday, June 12 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series – Amphibians and Reptiles- 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Jim White is the Senior Fellow for Land and Biodiversity Management at the Delaware Nature Society. He and his wife have published a field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of the Delmarva Peninsula. He will be giving a presentation about frogs, salamanders, snakes, and lizards. Jim will discuss various characteristics, and the diversity of amphibians and reptiles that can be found at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.


Tuesday, July 10 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series- Marine Mammals - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Suzanne Thurman, Director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute (MERR) will speak on the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles and their habitats. Every year dolphins, whales, seals, and sea turtles strand, or beach, themselves along Delaware shores. MERR has a specially trained team of local volunteers who respond to these calls. MERR has a commitment to contribute to the preservation of these species through research and rescue efforts and public education.


Tuesday, August  14 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series-Monarch Butterflies - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Mike McFarlin is a retired Army Colonel with a BS in Forestry (minor in Biology), and a passion for helping monarch butterflies.   Mike will share his knowledge and experience in working with the monarch butterfly. The monarch butterfly is one of the world’s most beloved insects.  Majestic and beautiful, the Monarch displays its distinctive orange and black markings as it glides by with outstretched wings.  It does not bite, sting, carry disease, or eat vegetable; it only exists just to delight us.  He will discuss their migration routes, the impacts humans have made on the monarch environment, where to look for eggs, how to raise them from eggs, what to feed them, releasing the developed butterfly, and much more.


Tuesday, September 11 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series-Mammals - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Bruce Lantz, who is a volunteer at Bombay Hook, will do a program about many of the mammal species documented on the Refuge. The program will explore the presence and life cycles of many common, shy, and sometimes elusive mammal species. He will examine the past history and some of the current challenges faced by many of these animals


Tuesday, October 9- An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series-Insects of Delmarva - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Dennis Bartow has been collecting bugs for 50 years and will tell us about some of his favorites. Some of his rarest finds are housed at the Smithsonian.

For more information contact Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge at 302-684-8419.