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Contact: Jody Anastasio, Park Ranger, 508-487-2100
Contact: Barbara Dougan, Education Specialist, 508-255-3421
Calling all families! During April vacation Cape Cod National Seashore will host several programs to connect families and young people with the nature, history, and operations of the national seashore. As the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2016, national park areas across the country are inviting everyone to "Find Your Park." In addition, at Cape Cod, seashore staff invites visitors to "Find Your Beach." All programs are free.
Sunday, April 19: A Passion for Birds 11 AM Performance artist Henry Lappen is back by popular demand to share his masks and stories about birds. Engaging for the whole family. Takes place at Salt Pond Visitor Center.
Tuesday, April 21: Find Your Beach! 9:30-11:30 AM Discover animals that live on and off shore of Cape Cod. Bring sharp eyes and a digital camera or smartphone to record your finds. Binoculars are helpful, but not required. Meet at the Coast Guard Station, Coast Guard Beach, Eastham.
Wednesday, April 22: Wildland Firefighting 10:30-11:30 AM Tour the national seashore's wildland firefighting facility, touch trucks, and see and use some of the equipment firefighters use to put out forest fires. Meet in front of the national seashore headquarters building at the Marconi area, Wellfleet.
Wednesday, April 22: Find Your Park! 1-3 PM Stop by Salt Pond Visitor Center at Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham to pick up your "Find Your Park" mystery packet. Travel on your own to up to five secret locations in Eastham and Wellfleet to perform fun, Earth-friendly activities and receive a clue. Once you have completed your mission, return to the visitor center to obtain a Junior Ranger patch! If you'd like to help plan this event, visit the national seashore's Facebook page on April 13 to suggest one of the secret locations.
Saturday, April 25: International Marconi Day 10 AM-3 PM Visit the Coast Guard Station at Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, to see live Morse code operations and try your hand on a practice "key" as the national seashore participates in this worldwide celebration of radio and Marconi's history-making transatlantic wireless message in 1903. Learn how your cellphone is connected to this big event.
For more information about national seashore programs, visit the park website www.nps.gov/caco.