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Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore
National Park Service photo.
The Park Setting
Highlands Center: Past, Present, and Future
Formerly the North Truro Air Force Station, in 1994, Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) acquired the 110-acre property. Since then, CCNS has adaptively reused six buildings and has made over $1 million in infrastructure improvements, allowing for the potential renovation and occupation of up to 45 buildings. Originally used for common space, housing, offices, and maintenance, buildings provide a broad range of opportunities for future users.
The primary function of the Highlands Center is the creation of a community of artists, scientists and educators pursuing their work in a national park setting. These public and private program partners enrich each other's work and the center's mission through their distinctive activities and opportunities for interaction. Another ongoing goal is to exemplify the National Park Service's commitment to implementing "green" practices. The site seeks to demonstrate environmental stewardship through the use of sustainable practices, technologies, and renewable energy sources in its design, building rehabilitation, and operations.
Public and Private Partners
Exploration of the arts, pertinent natural science research issues like climate change, and unique educational programming are continually pursued at the site. Inquiries and proposals for cooperative ventures from non-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions are welcomed.
We invite your participation in the Highlands Center redevelopment and programming. The site is open to the public for special tours, events, and scheduled public programs. Several partners also provide creative programs: Programs and Events. Please let us know if you want to be added to our newsletter mailing list through mail or e-mail.
For additional information please contact:
Lauren McKean, AICP
Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667
Did You Know?
Because of coastal erosion of 3 feet a year, the sea has threatened historical landmarks over the years. A few examples of those moved back from the edge include the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, the Three Sisters, Nauset, and Highland Lights, and the French Cable Hut.