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 »
Fact Sheets & Field Guides
Photo By Jane Barnes
Seashore Science fact sheets are developed in partnership with the Seashore's Division of Interpretation and Cultural Resources Management. This series is geared toward a non-technical audience. The documents are intended to briefly share important aspects of research associated with our monitoring program. Click on the links below to view or download the pdf files.
Photo by Naomi Blinick
Illustrated Guides to flora and fauna of Cape Cod National Seashore
Illustrated Guide to Salt Marsh Plants and Animals
Illustrated Guide to Seashore Amphibians: Indicators of Environmental Quality
Illustrated Guide to Snakes of Cape Cod National Seashore
Illustrated Guide to Turtles of Cape Cod National Seashore
Did You Know?
Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.