From national anniversaries to park-specific programming, DWGNRA always has something special going on! Please visit the park website for a full list of events.
The Friends staff a variety of events throughout the year. Look for our table, and come learn how you can make a difference in the park today.
Throughout 2018: 50th Anniversary of America's National Trails System
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Here in DWGNRA, visitors can hike the Appalachian Trail, or take a paddle down the Middle Delaware River. Get outside and celebrate!
Nov 7, 2019: American Chestnut Tree Presentation
The Friends are proud to sponsor a presentation on the History and Restoration Efforts of the American Chestnut Tree on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 6:30 pm at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, 100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. Members of The Friends are invited to attend this event at no cost. The cost for non-members is $5.00. Anyone 18 and under can attend at no cost.
This magnificent tree once present in the billions within the eastern US forests was nearly wiped out by a blight over the last 100 years. John Wenderoth will be presenting the story of the American Chestnut tree and the effort to restore this treasure of the forest to its past home.
John’s personal interests in biology and learning more about genetics attracted him to The American Chestnut Foundations’s approach to recovering a valuable tree species. He had read Susan Freinkel’s book and discovered his local arboretum had a chestnut orchard in need of volunteers. Since becoming connected with TACF, he finds himself reading more about genetics, particularly genetics at the molecular level.
John spends a great deal of time volunteering at Tyler Arboretum’s American chestnut orchard and Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. He also enjoys traveling and reading about biology, geology, environmental issues, and history.
July 25, 2019: AT Thru-Hiker Presentation
Glenn Justis, a thru-hiker of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, will speak about his experience on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 6:30 pm at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, 100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. Members of The Friends are invited to attend this event at no cost. The cost for non-members is $5.00. Anyone 18 and under can attend at no cost.
The Appalachian Trail, known as the A.T., passes through six National Park Service units, including Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and two wildlife refuges, one of which is Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge. More than 3 million people walk a portion of the A.T. each year and over 3,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the entire trail. Only 1 in 4 who attempt a thru-hike successfully completes the journey.
This is your opportunity to meet a “thru-hiker” and listen to some of his favorite tales from the trail. New Jersey resident Glenn Justis stepped onto the trail at Springer Mountain, GA on January 30, 2018 and started walking north, following the soon-to-be familiar white rectangles that blaze the route. Through 14 states and 2,190.9 miles, he experienced everything the A.T. has to offer. After 145 days on the trail, Glenn reached the summit of Mt. Katahdin in Maine at 8:40 am on June 23, 2018, and completed the journey of a lifetime.