Field Trip Resources

Cape Cod National Seashore is open all year for self-guided group studies. We invite you to explore the varied natural and cultural resources preserved here. In addition to the sources and materials detailed below, teacher workshops are held periodically to assist educators in developing and carrying out field trips.

Web Information: Cape Cod National Seashore has detailed information on its website to help you plan self-guided field studies of natural and cultural resources.
Cape Cod National Seashore home page
Lesson plans related to the seashore and detailed background on lighthouses, cultural resources, hiking, beaches and park facilities.
Cape Cod National Seashore’s In-Depth Natural Resources

Books and Other Publications: The Eastern National Bookstore at Cape Cod National Seashore offers field guides, books, maps and other items that are relevant to Cape Cod’s natural resources and cultural heritage. Call 508-255-6860

Park Visitor Centers: Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown (open mid-April through mid-October) provide scenic views of park resources, exhibits, bookstores and orientation films. Nearby trails offer field study options.

Ranger-Led Education Programs: Due to staffing constraints, the park’s ranger-led Parks as Classrooms activities are available only to schools within the park boundary: Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, and Chatham.

Cape Cod National Seashore Field trips Guidelines:
  • No collecting or digging of any kind is permitted unless a research permit is issued through the park’s natural resource division. Call Nancy Finley, Chief of Natural Resources at 508-349-3785 ext. 216.
  • All groups must stay on marked trails. Erosion and damage to sensitive resources results from groups going off established trails.
  • Park restrooms and facilities are seasonal. Prior to your visit, call Salt Pond Visitor Center at 508-255-3421 for restroom availability.
  • The park does not have indoor picnic or classroom facilities. Groups should plan appropriately for the weather and have an alternative plan in case the weather is poor.
Other Cape Cod organizations that offer educational field trips and resources include:
Wellfleet Bay Audubon Sanctuary
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Last updated: February 6, 2018

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Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667


(508) 255-3421

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