Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore

For visitor safety, Highlands Center site is currently closed to the public for general access except to attend Payomet Performing Art Center’s summer special event programs.

Mission Statement

The Highlands Center fosters the unique cultural and natural heritage of Cape Cod by facilitating scientific research, the arts tradition, and educational programs atop the dramatic sea cliffs of Cape Cod National Seashore.

HCtr aerial_closestforweb


Park Setting

The Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore occupies a point of singular beauty in Truro, Massachusetts. Its converging habitat, where land meets sea, provides a fitting backdrop for learning, reflection and research.

Formerly the North Truro Air Force Station, in 1994, Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) acquired the 110-acre property. Since then, CCNS has adaptively reused six buildings, has made numerous in infrastructure improvements, and spent over $1.2 million for building demolition. Originally used for common space, housing, offices, and maintenance, buildings provide a broad range of opportunities for future users.

The Highlands Center core is its partners, an interactive community of artists, scientists and educators pursuing their work in a national park setting. These public and private program partners enrich each other's work and the center's mission through their distinctive activities.

Public and Private Partners

Exploration of the arts, pertinent natural science research issues like ecosystem health and climate change, and unique educational programming are continually pursued at the site. Inquiries and proposals for cooperative ventures from non-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions are welcomed to join the NPS and existing park partner organizations.

Contact Information

For additional information please contact:

Lauren McKean, AICP
Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667
Phone: (508) 957-0731
E-mail: lauren_mckean@nps.gov

Last updated: November 6, 2023

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667


To contact NPS Law Enforcement or report an incident, please call the 24-hour dispatch: 617-242-5659. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Contact Us