Atlantic Research and Learning Center

Visitors crowd Science Street Fair exhibits at the Atlantic Research and Learning Center at Cape Cod National Seashore's Centennial event.
Over 1,000 visitors showed up for the Science Street Fair produced by the Atlantic Research and Learning Center at Cape Cod National Seashore for Founder's Day.



The Atlantic Research and Learning Center at Cape Cod National Seashore is part of a nationwide network of Research Learning Centers operated by the National Park Service. Research Learning Centers are places where science and education come together to preserve, protect, and understand park resources. Research Learning Centers support the use of parks as science laboratories and integrate research into visitor experiences, park management, and educational outreach.

The Atlantic Research and Learning Center (ARLC) was created by charter in 1999 as a component of the National Park Service Natural Resource Challenge. This initiative is part of a broad effort by the National Park Service to expand upon the role of science inside parks in the 21st century. RLCs share the common goals of increasing and expanding the scientific research taking place within national parks, fostering research that contributes to management decisions and providing educational opportunities for students, universities, educators, and the public.

Located in historic North Truro, Massachusetts, the ARLC is contained within the grounds of the Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore, which is administered in partnership with the private, non-profit organization Highlands Center, Inc.

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The ARLC, with sponsorship from the Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore, produces an annual 'Science in the Seashore Symposium', which brings researchers and the public together. In late August, this popular event provides researchers an opportunity to present their work directly to the public while providing the public an opportunity to hear about the latest scientific research at Cape Cod National Seashore directly from the people conducting it. More information will be provided as the symposium approaches.

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Last updated: August 14, 2023

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