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Visit the Salt Pond Visitor Center at Cape Cod National Seashore and Join Park Rangers for Indoor Programs Throughout the Month of November

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Date: November 5, 2013
Contact: Sue Haley, District Interpreter, 508-255-3421

Now is a great time to visit the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and enjoy all it has to offer. From the comfort of the indoors, take in the fabulous vista of the Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, view the exhibits without the crowds, watch one of the five films, shop for the holiday season in the well-stocked bookstore, or join a ranger program.

Through the month of November (starting November 9) park rangers will present the following programs indoors at the visitor center.

On Saturdays at 2:00 PM, the 45-minute movie "Portrait of a Coast-21st Century" will play, followed by a discussion with Jenna Sammartino on the topic of the film - the changing nature of this dynamic coast. The film is an updated version which incorporates new understandings about rising sea level and its effect on Cape Cod.

On Tuesdays, November 12 and 26 at 2:30 PM, will be a talk entitled "All About Horseshoe Crabs," by Brent Ellis, which will explore many interesting facts about these ancient inhabitants of the sea, including their use in the field of medicine. This program is geared towards both families and adults.

On Tuesday, November 19 at 2:00 PM, an illustrated program entitled "Stormy Nights" also presented by Brent Ellis, will examine the harrowing story of shipwrecks around Cape Cod, with a look into why this area is known to be the graveyard for over 3000 shipwrecks.

If You Go: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham. For more information, call (508) 255-3421 or visit www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

pirate treasure

Cape Cod's own pirate shipwreck, the Whydah, went down in a storm off the coast in April 1717. Before being taken by pirate Sam Bellamy as his flagship, the Whydah was a slave ship, named for the port city of Ouidah in today's country of Benin on the African coast.