Due to the mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, and the resulting loss of 12 seasonal interpretive rangers at Cape Cod National Seashore, ranger-guided programs are severely reduced in 2013. Reductions will begin in spring and continue through the fall.
The programs that will be offered are those that are provided by volunteers and partners, such as tours at historic buildings, occasional nature walks, and some children's programs. The programs that will be offered by park rangers are canoe trips that are self-supporting through fees. The popular Thursday evening Beach Apparatus Drill at Old Harbor Life-Saving Station and the Tuesday night programs at Salt Pond will be offered in July and August.
Thanks to a generous donation by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Province Lands Visitor Center is open from May 25 through September 2, 2013. This donation is funding the rangers who provide important interpretive, orientation, safety, and resource protection information at the center.
The six Cape Cod National Seashore beaches will be open with lifeguards, and the oversand corridor in Provincetown will also be open. These operations are funded by user fees and therefore, are not subject to budget cuts.
In most cases, a group size greater than 8 may not participate in programs offered to the general public, unless the programs are suitable for large groups such as park films, campfire programs, auditorium, and amphitheater programs.
Did You Know?
The Pamet Cranberry Bog in Truro was once an operating commercial bog. Workers, some of whom in later years were of Cape Verdean descent, maintained and harvested the bog from the 1880s until 1961.