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Seashore Announces Highlands Fest:Weathering Change in our Air, Land and Sea

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Date: June 21, 2013
Contact: Lauren McKean, 508-957-0731

Join the Highlands Center partner organizations and seashore staff for Highlands Fest 2013, to be held at the Highlands Center in Truro on Saturday, June 29 from 10am-2pm (rain date Sunday, June 30). This year's focus is exploring our climate and provoking thought about ways to live with climate change.

Participants are invited to paint a mural which showcases climate research and artistic expressions of the earth's energy cycle and adapting to changes in our air, land and seas.There will be several showings of a video about the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Climate Research Facility—which has been gathering data during a one-year deployment at the Highlands Center to advance long-term climate models—and in the afternoon people can observe a weather balloon launch. Live music will be performed from 10:30am-12:30 pm by Black Whydah,multi-instrumental duo of John Best and Jean Sagara from Wellfleet whose music covers a wide range of Irish, folk and new age. All ages and abilities are invited to participate, learn, enjoy light refreshments, and support your Climate Friendly Park through public art!

Highlands Fest is an annual celebration of the Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore with its eight partner organizations: AmeriCorps Cape Cod, Cape Cod National Seashore, Fine Arts Work Center in Truro, Highlands Center Inc., Payomet Performing Arts Center, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Sustainable CAPE, and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.Our mission is to foster the unique and cultural heritage of Cape Cod by engaging in an environment in which scientific research, arts creation, and educational programs can flourish.

Directions:Take Route 6 to the Highland Light Exit in North Truro.Go East on Highland Road.At the end, take a right onto South Highland Road.After 0.6 miles, take a left onto Old Dewline Road.The Highlands Center is at the end of the road.

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.