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Cape Cod National Seashore to Offer Special Youth Programs on Founders Day August 25

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Date: August 14, 2012
Contact: Sue Haley, District Interpreter, 508-255-3421 ext. 15

On Saturday August 25, 2012 the National Park Service turns 96 years old and marks another milestone on the road to its centennial in 2016.  This year's Founders Day celebration will focus on young people as the future stewards of the lands, heritage, and stories preserved in our nation's national parks, seashores, battlefields, historic sites, and recreation areas. At Cape Cod National Seashore there are many programs that introduce young people to our local resources and help nurture life-long connections to the outdoors.

On Saturday, August 25 young people ages 8-14 and their families are invited to join Ranger Jon Way for two special programs in honor of Founders Day. Both programs are free.

Operation Explore: Junior Naturalist Program - 4:00 PM, Beech Forest Trail, Race Point Road, off Route 6, Provincetown. This program will give budding junior rangers an opportunity to see nature from the point of view of a naturalist and a scientist.

Dusk Wildlife Watch and Stroll - 6:30 PM, Fort Hill upper parking lot, off Route 6, Eastham, approximately 2 miles north of the Orleans Rotary. Learn (and hopefully, observe!) some of the animals that inhabit this wild area.

For more information about programs for children and youth at Cape Cod National Seashore and to learn about the park's Junior Ranger Program, visit www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

directional compass

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.