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.
Salt Pond Visitor Center Hosts Tuesday Evening Programs for the Public Through the Summer Months
Contact: Sue Haley, District Interpreter, 508-255-3421 ext.15
Have you ever wondered what it sounds like at the bottom of the ocean, or what is really in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic?” Have you ever seen a sea squirt, tasted a wild cranberry or sang a song about whale? You can do all this and more at Salt Pond Visitor Center this summer.
As part of the full slate of summer programming, Cape Cod National Seashore will again be hosting the popular “Tuesday Evening Series” at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Held weekly in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs will cover the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages, free of charge and accessible. Pick one program or make it a weekly family event. Each program starts at 7:00 PM and lasts approximately one hour. The series is sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
July 7- Marine Invasive Species of the Northeast – Cape Cod National Seashore biologist Megan Tyrrell and Mary Carman of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will present a program about marine invasives. Discover sea squirts and other proliferating non-native marine species.
July 14 – An Introduction to Sound in the Sea Underwater sound is ubiquitous and can be used actively for underwater sensing. Kenneth G. Foote of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will describe the nature of underwater sound and present some prominent and lesser known applications that have changed or are changing the way we view the world.
July 21 – Once Upon a Tide: Sea Songs and Stories for the Family – Join “Stand-Up Chameleon” Jackson Gillman for a rollicking mix of interactive songs and stories that will delight and enchant all ages. For this show, he will draw on his fun and fishy repertoire from the sandy beach to the briny deep. Additional presentation at Province Lands Visitor Center at 3:30 PM.
July 28 – Marine Mammal Rescue and Research - Misty Niemeyer and Peter Holster of IFAW/Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Program focus on the marine mammal strandings on our shores. Rescue procedures, research, and conservation practices will be highlighted during the presentation.
August 4- Windmills of Cape Cod: Their Genius, Madness, History, and Future - Dan Lombardo, author of Windmills of New England: Their Genius, Madness, History & Future as well as other historical books on Cape Cod, will present a talk andslides about these icons of our landscape.
August 11 – Modern Sea Rescue- This multimedia presentation by a Coast Guard aviator from Air Station Cape Cod includes an overview of the history and mission of Coast Guard aviation in the Northeast as well as photos and video of aircraft and rescues.
August 18 – Captains, Lighthouses, and Lifesavers - Award-winning local author Jim Coogan will share memorable tales on the maritime history of Cape Cod. In a land known as a “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” captains, lighthouses, and lifesavers, experienced both the harrowing and heroic.
August 25 – Our Water Our World - Deborah Cramer, author of Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage and visiting scholar at MIT’s Earth System Initiative, presents her newwork, Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World. Featuring some of the world’s finestmarine photography, this work serves as the companion book to the new permanent SantOcean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History and beautifully reveals the ocean asEarth’s lifeline. The presentation will be followed by a book signing.
September 1-Cranberries 101: Neighbor to Neighbor- Dawn Gates Allen of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers will use a Powerpoint presentation to discuss the growing of cranberries and related educational and outreach efforts. Free cranberry samples!
IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and is open from 9 AM to 5 PM. More information on these and other park programs can be obtained by calling the Visitor Center at 508-255-3421 or visiting the park website at: www.nps.gov/caco.
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.