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Wild Weather and Crazy Climate on Junior Ranger Day

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Date: April 13, 2011
Contact: Sue Haley, 508-255-3421 ext. 15

Young people who live on Cape Cod or who will be visiting during April vacation are invited to join Cape Cod National Seashore rangers for fun outdoor activities that provide hands-on explorations about Cape Cod's wild weather and crazy climate. Learn about the causes and effects of weather from 9:00 AM to noon on Wednesday, April 20. Field stations at Coast Guard Beach, Doane Picnic Area, and Salt Pond Visitor Center will offer opportunities for science detective work and data collection. Participants can drop in at each activity site during program hours, and they will earn Junior Ranger awards for visiting multiple sites. All of the field stations are accessible from the Nauset Bike Trail, and participants are encouraged to ride their bikes to the program if the weather is not "crazy."

This program is part of National Junior Ranger Day, which is celebrated across the National Park System each year to help young people learn about the special resources and recreational opportunities provided at national parks.

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. New exhibits on the Outer Cape's location in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, and Wampanoag culture and history were added this winter.  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?

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.