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Announcing Spring Fling! —a National Seashore Partnership Event

Collage of 6 images: Highland Light, artists holding instruments, a sunflower, a frog, herring, and the Hatch House.

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News Release Date: April 27, 2022

Contact: Sue Moynihan, 508-957-0738

WELLFLEET, Mass– The Outer Cape is renowned for its beauty, diversity, and history. Spring Fling! is a monthlong series of programs celebrating the power of partnerships and collaboration in preserving and building understanding of the region’s rich resources and stories.

Spring Fling! provides the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the extraordinary work of our park partners, and we invite the public to learn more through this outstanding program line-up,” said Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent Brian Carlstrom. “Philanthropic partners build awareness and provide funds for infrastructure and restoration projects; research partners inform our understanding of park resources; preservation partners maintain historic buildings; and program partners share the area’s compelling stories with the public.”

Over a dozen partners support the national seashore, contributing significantly to the National Park Service preservation and public enjoyment mission. All Spring Fling! programs are open to the public. Most are free, except where noted, and some require reservations. For additional details, visit partner websites.

May 1, 7:45 pm: Amphibians at Night, When Froggy Went a-Courtin’ Night walk with wildlife ecologist Bob Cook to learn about amphibians and listen for calls. 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles in low light conditions. Reservations required and accepted no more than one week in advance. Register at 508-255-3421, ext. 0. National Park Service,

May 3 through 29: Art Exhibit, Many Views: Restoring Our Marsh Art exhibit featuring 50 invited artists, curated by Walter and Myra Dorrel, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St. Wellfleet. Artist reception on May 26, 4-6 pm. Friends of Herring River,

May 5, 5 pm: Wampanoag Waterways: Herring Are Here! Presentation with Annawon Weeden on the crucial link between Indigenous people and fish. Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St. Wellfleet. Free tickets required from Friends of Herring River,

May 7 through 28, Saturdays at 2 pm: Dunes and Bogs Ranger walk to explore an enchanting landscape of sand dunes and wild cranberry bogs. 1-2 hours, 1-2 miles in loose sand. Meet at the Province Lands Visitor Center. National Park Service,

May 14, 10 am-3 pm: Open Day at the Hatch House Visit this architectural icon overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Park by the Atwood Higgins House, 269 Bound Brook Island Road, Wellfleet. 15-minute brisk walk to the property. Cape Cod Modern House Trust; contact them regarding accessibility.

May 14, 11 am-3 pm: Open House at the Center for Coastal Studies Drop in for family-friendly activities, scientist talks and demonstrations, a tour of the Spinnaker Humpback Whale Exhibit, art exhibit, and lab tours. 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown (Grace Hall parking lot). Center for Coastal Studies,

May 21, 9-11 am: Talk and Walk with a Doc A cardiologist and a ranger team up for a short talk and 2-mile walk focused on parks as cornerstones for human and environmental health. Talk moved indoors if it rains. Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham. Cape Cod Healthcare, and National Park Service,  

May 21, 11 am-1 pm: Friends of Herring River Celebrates World Fish Migration Day Gather at Gull Pond Landing, off Gull Pond Road, Wellfleet, for talks on herring, a trail tale: Allie the Alewife, fish ornament-making, and refreshments.

May 21, 2 pm: Spring Tour of the Truro Highland Historic District Explore stories of ghosts, gliders, golf, lighthouses, and even an arrest. One-hour, .5-mile easy walk with David Haslam. Highland House Museum, Highland Light Road, Truro. $10 fee, reservations required. Truro Historical Society,

May 22, 2-3:30 pm: Fiddles and Songs of the Sea Outdoor concert with Dinah Mellin and Denya LeVine at Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, Race Point Beach, Provincetown. Bring a blanket to sit on and plan for being in the sun. Rain location: Province Lands Visitor Center. Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, celebrating 35 years of philanthropic support to the national seashore,

May 24, 3:30-4:30 pm: Sunflowers for Peace Come to Sustainable CAPE’s Children’s Community Garden at the Truro Library to learn about the environment and plant sunflowers to bring home. Register at 508-487-1125 or drop in. Sustainable CAPE, Truro Public Library, and National Park Service.

May 25, 7 pm: Napi’s Lecture Series: Human Dimensions of Rebounding Populations of Seals and White Sharks on Cape Cod Online presentation with Dr. Jennifer Jackman from Salem State University discussing the results of her survey on public views about seal and white shark populations on Cape Cod. Registration required, Center for Coastal Studies,

May 27, 7 pm: Concert, Bob Mould Solo ElectricDistortion and Blue Hearts! Legendary musician Bob Mould, formerly of Hüsker Dü and Sugar, performs solo electric songs. Provincetown Town Hall. $35. Tickets from Payomet Performing Arts Center,

May 28, 3-5 pm: High Head Guided Seal Hike Biologist Lisa Sette and poet-naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield will lead a walk focused on the life history of gray seals, the marine ecosystem they inhabit, and ongoing seal research. Register at Center for Coastal Studies,

Interested in learning more? Seashore-related items such as books, maps, field guides, nature exploration, apparel, and gifts are available at the America’s National Parks stores at Salt Pond and Province Lands visitor centers and the Keeper’s Shop at Highland Light (opening late spring). Managed by seashore education partner, Eastern National

Last updated: April 27, 2022

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