Cape Cod National Seashore to Celebrate Founders Day

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Date: August 20, 2015
Contact: Sue Moynihan, 508-957-0738

This year marks the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), and Cape Cod National Seashore will over 400 other national park areas to celebrate Founder's Day on August 25th. The public is invited to join the party by visiting a national seashore beach for free, or participating in interpretive activities and open houses at historic buildings. This year's theme is "99 Ways to Find Your Park." As we head towards the NPS Centennial in 2016 we invite everyone to consider and share what makes this and other national parks meaningful to them.

On Tuesday, August 25 the $20 daily fee for the six Cape Cod National Seashore beaches will be waived. These beaches are Coast Guard and Nauset Light in Eastham;Marconi in Wellfleet; Head of the Meadow in Truro; and Race Point and Herring Cove in Provincetown. In addition, there will be several interpretive activities and open houses at historic buildings on August 25 to share national seashore resources and stories with the public.

Instameet: Calling all photographers and Instagrammers! Join us at the Marconi Station Site in Wellfleet from 11-1 on August 25 for our first-ever Instameet, and share the beauty and history of Cape Cod. Take pics or be in pics, and tag them with

Lighthouses: Highland (Cape Cod) Light in Truro will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Operated by Eastern National, the fee is $4 for adults and $3 for youth and seniors. Children must be 48" or taller to climb the light. Nauset Light in Eastham will be open from 4:30 to 7:30 PM. Volunteers from the Nauset Light Preservation Society lead these free tours. A tour of the Three Sisters Lights in Eastham will step off at 5:00 PM. The free tour begins at the northeast corner of the Nauset Light Beach parking area.

Ranger-Guided Canoe Trip: Experience the national seashore from the water on a Salt Pond Paddle canoe trip. The 1-1/2-hour, reservations-only program will start at 10 AM. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 per child (minimum age 6). No prior canoeing experience is required. Call (508) 255-3421 x 0 to register and pay.

Yoga on the Beach: Stretch the body and spirit in the most serene of settings: Herring Cove Beach. Held in the cool morning air at the edge of the sea, this program with a ranger and certified yoga instructor is sure to deepen your national seashore experience. 8:30 AM. $11. Reserve at, or call (877) 444-6777.

Lifeguard Demonstration: Join a lifeguard for a surf rescue demonstration and lean how to stay safe while swimming. Meet at the Race Point Beach head lifeguard chair at 10 AM.

Ranger-Guided Dune Walk: Learn how the Province Lands area of Provincetown has always been public land, similar to national parks, during this free, 1 hour, 1 mile walk into the dunes and among wild cranberry bogs. Meet at the Province Lands Visitor Center at 10:00 AM. No reservations are required.

Old Harbor Life-Saving Station: This 1898 station was a hub of activity during the time that our oceans served as highways, and before the advent of modern navigation systems designed to prevent shipwrecks. Browse through the building between 2:00 and 4:00 PM to view rescue equipment and to see how the lifesaving crews lived. The station is located at Race Point Beach, Provincetown.

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Last updated: August 20, 2015

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