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Cape Cod National Seashore Ranger Programs February School Vacation Week

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Date: February 8, 2011
Contact: Sue Haley, South District Interpreter, 508-255-3421, ext. 15

Nature walks, a tour of a whaling captain’s home, a presentation on the Gulf oil spill, landscape painting for children, and a showing of the original animated 101 Dalmatians are among the programs being offered by Cape Cod National Seashore staff between February 19 and 26. Many programs are geared towards families who live on Cape Cod or are visiting during February vacation week. All programs are free, and many occur at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Some outdoor programs are weather-dependent. Call ahead to 508-255-3421, ext. 0 if weather is inclement.

Saturday, February 19:
Activity: Painting for Children, 1:00-4:00 PM, Salt Pond Visitor Center

Sunday, February 20:
Activity: Painting for Children, 12:30-2:00 PM, Salt Pond Visitor Center
Film: 101 Dalmatians, 1:30 PM, Salt Pond Visitor Center

Monday, February 21:
Walk: Birth of a National Seashore, 2:00-3:00 PM, 1 mile, meet at Hemenway Landing, off Rt. 6, Eastham

Wednesday, February 23:
Talk: Ready for an Oil Spill? 10:00-11:00 AM, followed by optional beach walk, Salt Pond Visitor Center
Activity: Brrr!—Animals in Winter, 2:00-3:30 PM, ½ mile, if weather permits, Salt Pond Visitor Center

Thursday, February 24:
Walk: At the Edge of the Sea, 10:00-11:00 AM, 1 mile walk, Coast Guard Beach, Eastham

Friday, February 25:
Slide Program: Tracking the Cape’s Critters, 2:00-3:00 PM, Salt Pond Visitor Center

Saturday, February 26:
Tour: Captain Penniman House—A Whaling Family’s Story, 11:00 AM-12:00 noon. By reservation only, 508-255-3421, ext. 0.
  

If you go: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The center includes a lobby with expansive views of Salt Pond, Nauset Marsh, and the Atlantic; a museum featuring the park’s natural and cultural stories; staff to assist with trip planning; and a store with books, maps, puzzles, games, t-shirts, and 50th anniversary commemorative items. There are short films shown throughout the day. The Buttonbush and Nauset Marsh Trails, and the Nauset Bike Trail are located nearby. For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs call 508-255-3421, or check the park’s website, www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

dune shack in the Province Lands

The Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District Seashore was designated in 1989 as a special place in the dunes within Cape Cod National Seashore. Dune shack living emerged in the early 20th century and was based in cottages built by coastguardsmen stationed at nearby stations.