• Atlantic Ocean beach at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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  • Sections of Boardwalk Closed at Red Maple Swamp Trail

    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.


An NPS scientists measuring elevation at the Herring River dike

GIS Specialist Mark Adams takes an elevation measurement at the Herring River dike.

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The mission of the ARLC is to promote research and information exchange on the physical and biological systems within or affecting Cape Cod National Seashore. As part of the National Park Service's effort to "improve park management through greater reliance on scientific knowledge," research is closely coordinated between the ARLC and the Cape Cod Ecosystem Monitoring (CCEM) program. Also a product of the Natural Resource Challenge, the CCEM program maintains as its primary goal to develop and implement robust monitoring methods and collect and analyze long-term data that will help park managers make sound stewardship decisions. Ecosystem-based, issue-oriented monitoring programs have been instituted to establish a baseline for long-term ecological monitoring. Together the ARLC and the CCEM program comprise a strong network of research facilitation and information exchange that integrates natural resource data into management planning and decision making.

For questions or additional information pertaining to the Atlantic Research & Learning Center visit our contact page

Did You Know?

seasonal freshwater wetlands in the Province Lands

135 acres of seasonal freshwater wetlands exist across the dune landscape of Cape Cod National Seashore's Province Lands. These wetlands which typically dry down by mid-summer, support plants, serve as breeding areas for Spadefoot and Fowler’s toads, and provide drinking water for wildlife.