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Cape Cod National Seashore Province Lands Visitor Center Opens for the Season

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Date: May 1, 2014
Contact: Jody Anastasio, North District Interpreter, 508-487-1256

Cape Cod National Seashore's Province Lands Visitor Center, located on a high dune at the tip of the Cape in Provincetown, has opened for the 2014 season. Hours of operation are 9 AM to 5 PM daily through October 31. The center has rangers on duty to provide assistance to visitors and residents about ways to enjoy the seashore and learn about its diverse resources. There is also a well-stocked book and gift store, managed by the national seashore's education partner, Eastern National. Observation decks provide spectacular views of the Outer Beach, Cape Cod Bay, and the Gulf of Maine, where whales can often be observed. Short movies about geology, history, and salt marsh restoration are shown throughout the day, and beach campfire permits may be reserved at the center three days in advance of the desired campfire date.

Over the winter the national seashore spruced up the building's interior with fresh paint and repairs, new energy efficient lighting, plus the addition of a water bottle filling station aimed at reducing plastics in the waste stream. "We have delicious water here," said District Interpreter Jody Anastasio. "Our location right along the Province Lands Bike Trail makes the center a perfect location for a filling station." The filling stations, which have also been installed at Salt Pond Visitor Center and the new bathhouse at Herring Cove Beach, are part of the national seashore's Climate Friendly Parks Program.

Between now and the end of October, many ranger-guided programs will be offered throughout the national seashore, including canoe and kayak tours, salt marsh explorations, tours of historic buildings, family programs, and nature and history walks. In addition, tours at Nauset Light in Eastham and Highland Light in Truro will be offered beginning in mid-May.

For more information about national seashore activities and programs, visit www.nps.gov/caco.

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Herring River dike, Wellfleet

Cape Cod National Seashore includes over 2500 acres of historically diked salt marshes, 35% of the Massachusetts total, and including some of the biggest diked marshes in the Gulf of Maine. Work continues, in cooperation with other agencies and private groups, to restore these degraded estuaries.