Access at seashore locations
Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.
Guidelines for Groups Visiting Salt Pond Visitor Center
Visiting Salt Pond Visitor Center With Your Group
The Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham is open year-round and welcomes chaperoned student groups. Multiple engaging opportunities await students of all ages here at Salt Pond, all free of charge.
At certain times of year, notably in the spring, school field trip visitation can be very high. During these times, we ask that you work with our staff in advance to plan your visit to Salt Pond. Please call the visitor center at 508-255-3421 and have the following information ready:
During your visit, we ask that our school groups remember that other visitors will also likely be enjoying all that Salt Pond has to offer. As such, effective group management is essential to ensuring that all of our visitors get the most out of their experience here. Before entering the building, please divide your group into smaller, manageable, chaperoned groups of no more than 10-20 students. Students should be provided focus and direction throughout their time in the building. See below for tools to help you plan and organize your visit to the center.
Covering topics from history to natural science, Cape Cod National Seashore’s five park films are both enlightening and entertaining, and are appropriate for all age levels.
Explore the Cape’s seafaring heritage, learn about the area’s harvest history, and step into life as it used to be on Cape Cod.
The Eastern National bookstore offers a unique opportunity for students (and teachers!) to enrich their experience at Cape Cod National Seashore.
Indoor (museum) and outdoor (visitor center grounds and nearby trails) quizzes are available for teachers to incorporate into their group’s materials.
Remember to bring your own photocopies, pencils, clipboards, and other supplies.
Around Salt Pond Visitor Center:
The Salt Pond Visitor Center is the gateway to Cape Cod National Seashore, and adventure awaits just outside our doors.
Did You Know?
Cape Cod's own pirate shipwreck, the Whydah, went down in a storm off the coast in April 1717. Before being taken by pirate Sam Bellamy as his flagship, the Whydah was a slave ship, named for the port city of Ouidah in today's country of Benin on the African coast.