Access to the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham will be closed Tuesday, May 21.
Access to the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham will be closed Tuesday, May 21, from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM so seashore staff can create an accessible path in advance of the summer season.
Storm damage, construction affecting access at seashore locations; reduction in programming
Due to erosion, there is no beach access at Nauset Light and Marconi beaches. Access at the Marconi Site is limited. Parts of the Nauset Marsh and Red Maple Swamp trails are closed. Nauset Bike Trail construction is underway. More »
Cape Cod National Seashore Welcomes School Field Trip Groups to Salt Pond Visitor Center
Contact: Sue Haley, South District Interpreter, 508-255-3421 ext 15
Cape Cod National Seashore’s outstanding natural and cultural resources and hands-on learning opportunities make it a perfect destination for school field trips. As in previous years, Salt Pond Visitor Center at Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham welcomes schools planning field trips to the seashore this spring. In order to most effectively serve visiting groups during this busy time of year, seashore staff request that teachers provide advance notice of their plan to visit the center, which is open from 9 AM to 4:30 PM daily. On days with sufficient staffing, rangers are available to provide a brief orientation to school groups in the lobby of the center or outdoors on the terrace, with its spectacular view of Nauset Marsh and the Atlantic.
Many learning opportunities are available at the center. 12-minute films, including “Sands of Time,” “Wooden Ships and Men of Iron,” and “Voice of Cape Cod” are played on a regularly-scheduled basis. The films provide perspective on the natural and cultural history of Cape Cod. The museum showcases native flora and fauna species and highlights local maritime history, including the U.S. Lifesaving Service and whaling and fishing traditions. “Scavenger hunt” guides for the museum and visitor center grounds have been designed for use during visits. Supervised school groups are also welcome to visit the seashore’s six beaches and 11 self-guiding trails. Film descriptions and schedules, downloadable copies of the scavenger hunts, and additional guidance and information are available on the seashore’s website. Visit www.nps.gov/caco. Click on “For Teachers,” then “Plan a Field Trip.”
Teachers planning to visit Salt Pond Visitor Center should call 508-255-3421, ext. 0 for more information and to make a reservation.
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Did You Know?
In the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau walked the Atlantic coastline of Cape Cod, recording his adventures in his narrative "Cape Cod". To literally follow in Thoreau’s footsteps today would require scuba gear. Cape Cod’s Outer Beach sees an average erosion rate of close to 4 feet per year.