Access at seashore locations
The stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham are closed due to storm damage. Herring Cove North Lot in Provincetown sustained damage resulting in closure of multiple parking spaces. The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a 2012 storm. More »
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.
Did You Know?
In 1990, an intense series of storms uncovered a prehistoric site on Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, MA. Archaeologists excavated the Carns Site, which was lived in by native peoples during the Early and Middle Woodland period, or approximately 2,100 to 1,100 years ago.