What We Do
The mission of FOCHSP is to promote the protection and wise management of the diverse resources within Cape Henlopen State Park.
The the number of visitors, the variety of park attractions and the size and diversity of the park make for a never-ending challenge. From helping to keep the trails clean to educating youth about wildlife and nature, we do many things that make the park more enjoyable and serve an important role within our community and our state. Following are some of them:
Facilities - We provide and/or support a variety of facilities within the park such as the Borrow-a-Bike building (and the bikes), the playground, the disc golf course and more. Read more about park facilities...
Hawk Watch - We coordinate with local, state, regional and national organizations to conduct the annual monitoring of various types of raptors including hawks, eagles, kestrels, merlins and falcons. Read more about Hawk Watch...
Osprey Cam - In 2007, we organized the funding and installation of a real-time closed circuit television camera to monitor the nest of two local ospreys (who migrate to South America) and return to Cape Henlopen to raise their offspring. A new much higher definition camera with sound was installed in March 2020. View the Osprey Cam here...
Education - In 2009, we established the Thatcher Education Fund to help defray travel expenses for schools wanting to bring their students to participate in Cape Henlopen State Park educational programs. Read more about our educational support...
Park Maintenance - Our volunteers are regularly working to keep the park neat, clean and beautiful. Read more about our maintenance efforts...
Fundraising - We count on the generosity and support of all types of people to fund many of our programs for the park. Find out how you can help...
Dogfish Head & Grain donate concert funds to the Friends
Dogfish Head & Grain recently donated $7,500 from the Rocking the Docks concert series held at the Ferry Terminal last summer. This was particularly timely and helpful as most of our fundraising events had to be canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Shown are (l-r) : Jason Meisner, Grain General Manager,
Mark Carter, Dogfish Beer & Benevolence Director
Lee Mikles, Grain Co-Owner, John Bracco, Friends President
Ian Friedland, Friends Board Member, Tony Baldino, Friends Treasurer, Rich Suszko, Friends Board Member