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.
Come Into the Wild - both Virtual and Real - at Cape Cod National Seashore During February Vacation
Contact: Sue Haley, District Interpreter, 508-255-3421 ext. 0
Explore the real and imagined "wild" by attending movies from the national seashore winter film series Into the Wild on Sunday afternoons, or by attending a guided tour exploring the adventures of a whaling captain and his family in the wilderness of far off oceans. Or consider exploring the real thing by joining a ranger on an outdoor walk at Coast Guard Beach to search for winter wildlife or learn about the prevalence of shipwrecks from centuries past. Programs are geared towards families and are free of charge. Additionally, throughout the last two weeks of February, activity tables will be set up indoors at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Outdoor programs are weather-dependent. Call ahead to 508-255-3421, ext. 0 if inclement weather is expected or to get further information.
Saturday, February 15
Sunday, February 16
WALK: LIGHTHOUSE TOUR of the THREE SISTERS - 2 PM, 1hour, ½ mile. Free. These 19th-century lighthouses once provided a beacon for sailors off the shore of Nauset Light Beach. Come and learn of their history and importance.Meet at Nauset Light Beach parking area, Eastham.
Tuesday, February 18
WALK: WINTER BIRD WONDERLAND - 10 AM, up to 2 hours, 1½ miles. Free. In addition to hosting our year-round resident birds, Cape Cod becomes a balmy (relatively speaking) southern destination for birds looking for warmer weather and open water. Meet in the parking area at the Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham. Bring binoculars if you have them; we will also have a few to loan.
Saturday, February 22
Sunday, February 24
Stop by the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham between 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM:Saturdays, February 15 and 22; Monday, February 17;Friday, February 21; Tuesday, February 25; and Thursday, February 27, to see what the rangers have arranged on the activity table for the day.
IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open daily from9:00 AM to 4:30 PMand staff is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and bookstore featuring national seashore-related items. For more information about the seashore's programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.
Did You Know?
The word “cranberry” originated as a contraction of crane berry, a name given to the plant by early settlers because the flower resembles the head of a crane.