Access at seashore locations
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.
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?
Although the kettle ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore are within 2.5 km of the ocean and have been subjected to thousands of years of salt spray, they remain low in dissolved salts. Ponds are flushed out by inflowing and outflowing groundwater, which prevents salts from accumulating.