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Cape Cod National Seashore Province Lands Visitor Center to Open May 1

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Date: April 10, 2009
Contact: Sue Moynihan, Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resources Management, 508-957-0738

On May 1, Cape Cod National Seashore’s visitor center at the tip of the Cape in Provincetown will reopen for the season.  To celebrate the center’s reopening, on May 2 at 1:30 PM the National Park Service will show the classic film, Song of the Sandy Mooring. This beloved 1960s film chronicles Provincetown’s history as a center for art and culture and features many townspeople.

Province Lands Visitor Center sits atop a dune off Race Point Road and offers exhibits; a spectacular, 360-degree view from indoor and outdoor observation decks; orientation films; a well-stocked bookstore featuring books, games, maps, puzzles, and other interpretive items, and staff to assist with activity planning. The center hosts talks and presentations featuring a variety of resource topics. Bicyclists can access the recently-renovated Province Lands Bicycle Trail from the visitor center. Operating hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily through October 31.

The opening of the visitor center coincides with the Capewide Maritime Days celebration. The National Park Service will offer several programs in Provincetown that recognize the Outer Cape’s rich maritime history. Programs include a behind-the-scenes look at the current rehabilitation of Old Harbor Life-Saving Station at 1 PM on May 13; and films each Saturday at 1:30 PM that link the Cape’s maritime heritage to larger maritime stories. For more information about National Park Service programs and activities at the visitor center or in Provincetown and Truro, call Province Lands Visitor Center (after May 1) at 508-487-1256, or visit the seashore’s website, www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

Wellfleet kettle ponds

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.