Access at seashore locations
The stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham are closed due to storm damage. Herring Cove North Lot in Provincetown sustained damage resulting in closure of multiple parking spaces. The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a 2012 storm. More »
Eastern National promotes the public's understanding and support of more than 130 of America's national parks and other public trusts. At Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastern National manages the bookstores in the visitor centers, returning a percentage of the proceeds to the seashore for interpretation, education, and research. The bookstores are an extension of the seashore’s interpretive program; items are selected because they reflect the seashores resources and themes, they have educational value, and they enhance public understanding.
Eastern National's contributions have benefited the seashore and visitors in many ways. Eastern National frequently sponsors interpretive programs for visitors, such as National Junior Ranger Day and speaker programs at visitor centers. For many years Eastern National has underwritten the seashore’s Junior Ranger Program, exposing thousands of youngsters to the unique resources here and the importance of protecting them in the future. Eastern National funds are used to produce the annual seashore newspaper, as well as research about significant seashore resources, such as Old Harbor Life-Saving Station and the historic hay barge that is on display at Salt Pond Visitor Center. Eastern National’s most recent commitment to the seashore is sponsorship of the new cell phone interpretation program.
Eastern National was chartered in 1948. Its policies and programs are guided by an elected board of directors. The board, the members and the staff are dedicated to the preservation and use of the parks for the benefit of all Americans, visitors from all nations and future generations. Eastern National currently operates educational retail outlets in 30 states, from Maine to the Caribbean. Since 1947, Eastern has donated over $95 million to the National Park Service.
Link here to Eastern National's retail website EParks.
Did You Know?
The original Highland Light was built in 1797, becoming the first lighthouse on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It had 24 whale oil lamps set in 2 circles, one on top of the other with the reflector behind.