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    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.

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July 24, 2014
Province Lands Mini-Fest Slated for August 1
The last week of July is Family Week in Provincetown, and Cape Cod National Seashore will add to the festivities with a special event for kids and parents. On Friday, August 1st, the Province Lands Visitor Center will host its second annual Mini-Fest from 2 to 4 PM, featuring games, crafts, and music.

July 23, 2014
Cape Cod National Seashore’s Safety Officer Receives Two Awards
Superintendent George Price announces that Nicole Taylor, Safety and Environmental Officer at Cape Cod National Seashore, has been recognized by her peers and been presented with two major awards.

July 23, 2014
Cape Cod National Seashore to Host - The Legacy of Thornton Burgess Program
Join author and Sandwich resident Christie Palmer Lowrance for a journey into the life and stories of the famous Sandwich born children’s author, Thornton W. Burgess. This 45-minute, free program will be held at Salt Pond Visitor Center at 3 PM on Wednesday, August 6.

July 23, 2014
CCNS Press Release - Ban of Unmanned Aircraft
Superintendent George Price signed the latest version of the Superintendent’s Compendium, which includes a ban of launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Cape Cod National Seashore, except as approved in writing by the superintendent.

July 21, 2014
Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Evening Program - Wildlife at Cape Cod National Seashore - The Rare and Unseen Among Us
Join Cape Cod National Seashore Wildlife Ecologist Dr. Robert Cook at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 29 at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham for a one-hour presentation focusing on some of the lesser-known and less conspicuous species of wildlife in the park, what we do and do not know about them, and the roles they play in the seashore’s ecology.

July 21, 2014
Cape Cod National Seashore Bicycle Safety Committee Presents - Bicycle Safety at the Seashore 2014
In an effort to reduce incidence and severity of bike accidents at Cape Cod National Seashore, the Bicycle Safety Committee will host the fifth annual “Bicycle Safety at the Seashore” event at visitor centers.

July 21, 2014
CCNS Press Release - 2013 Economic Benefits to Local Community from Cape Cod NS
A new National Park Service report shows that 4,501,897 visitors to Cape Cod National Seashore in 2013 spent $185.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 2,226 jobs in the local area.

July 17, 2014
Cape Cod National Seashore Receives 2014 America’s Best Idea Grant from the National Park Foundation
National Park Foundation press release announces Cape Cod National Seashore as America's Best Idea grant recipient.

July 14, 2014
Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Evening Program - Science as a Way of Thinking About and Understanding Nature
Join Cape Cod National Seashore Geographic Information Systems Specialist Mark Adams at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 22 at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham for a one-hour presentation about how scientists are using long-term observations in the park to understand nature and to prepare us for the future enjoyment of Cape Cod.

July 03, 2014
Cape Cod National Seashore Great White Shark Safety 2014
Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price reminds visitors and residents that we share the national seashore with native wildlife. As top predators, sharks are critical for maintaining a healthy and balanced marine ecosystem. Shark advisory signs for beaches and brochures provide education and safety tips for beach users.

June 26, 2014
Immerse Yourself in Cape Cod National Seashore
Rangers at Cape Cod National Seashore are offering a variety of experiences this summer designed to immerse park visitors and neighbors in the national seashore’s spectacular natural resources. All programs are posted at www.nps.gov/caco and are also listed in the summer edition of Park News, available at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown. Here’s a sampling of a few immersive and experiential programs led by rangers this summer:

June 10, 2014
Smoking Prohibited on Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches Beginning this Summer
Superintendent George Price announced that smoking will be prohibited beginning June 19, 2014 at all six guarded beaches at the National Seashore.

June 05, 2014
National Seashore to Host Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School Outdoor Art Installation at Fort Hill
Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George E. Price, Jr. has announced the installation of an innovative outdoor sculpture exhibit at Fort Hill in Eastham.

June 04, 2014
Two Hundred Ninety-Fourth Meeting of the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission
The Two Hundred and Ninety-Fourth meeting of the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission will take place on Monday, June 9, 2014, at 1:00 P.M., in the meeting room at Headquarters, 99 Marconi Station, in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

May 19, 2014
Seashore to Host Junior Lifeguard Program this Summer
Cape Cod National Seashore will once again offer its Junior Lifeguard Program for boys and girls ages 13 to 17 this summer. The purpose of the program is to promote water safety and provide job-specific training on Cape Cod by reaching out to area youth. Many past junior lifeguards currently work as ocean lifeguards for the seashore and several towns on Cape Cod.

April 09, 2014
Cape Cod National Seashore to Continue Traffic Detours on Province Lands Road to Protect Spadefoot Toads in 2014
The superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore announces that traffic on Province Lands Road will continue to be occasionally detoured to protect spadefoot toads. The detour, which may be implemented from April through October, on rainy nights, is intended to help protect the eastern spadefoot toad.

December 06, 2013
Herald in the New Year with Activities at Cape Cod National Seashore
Whether you’re visiting the Cape for the holidays hoping to see snow, or live here year ‘round, close out the old year and ring in the new by exploring the many dimensions of Cape Cod National Seashore! Take a hike on your own, or join a ranger to learn more about special spots and resources.

 

Did You Know?

Spadefoot Toad

An abundance of sandy soil and shallow freshwater ponds for breeding make Cape Cod National Seashore an ideal landscape for Spadefoot Toads. A Threatened Species, the Seashore supports their largest known population in the Northeast. Some park roads are closed on rainy nights to protect them.