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  • Nauset Marsh Trail Footbridge Temporary Closure After Labor Day

    A small footbridge on the Nauset Marsh trail will be closed for repair for two weeks following Labor Day. Ask at the visitor center for detour information.

  • 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.

Fact Sheets & Field Guides


Flowering Spartina alterniflora in a Cape Cod salt marsh

Photo By Jane Barnes

Seashore Science Fact Sheets

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.

Algal Crusts of the Dunes

Ballston Beach and the Upper Pamet River: A Perspective for Long-Term Management

Eastern Spadefoot Toads at Cape Cod National Seashore

Hatches Harbor Salt Marsh Restoration

Piping Plovers

The What and Why of Mung

Common Tern

Common Tern with a sand lance

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 Shorebirds of Cape Cod National Seashore

Illustrated Guide to Snakes of Cape Cod National Seashore

Illustrated Guide to Turtles of Cape Cod National Seashore

Did You Know?

kettle pond

Kettle pond surface water levels are controlled by local groundwater levels. Around Cape Cod National Seashore ponds, these levels range from six to nine feet above average sea level. The bottoms of all the kettle ponds are below sea level.