December 2012 - January 2013
Friends commits $40,000 to 
National Seashore projects



Friends has just completed the celebration of its 25th anniversary. The highlight of the year was the August 22 fundraising gala on the terrace of Salt Pond with more than 170 people attending. Look for a gallery of photographs of this festive occasion on our website.


Most importantly, due to the gala, an increase in dues revenues, and a rise in our magazine advertising, Friends was able to commit $40,000 in its anniversary year to enable the Park to accomplish several projects. One of them - restoration of the historic Penniman House grounds - is featured below.


Happy Holidays!


Richard Spokes



Penniman House grounds improved


Except for the authentic wooden flag pole that is still being crafted, restoration of small-scale cultural landscape features of the historic grounds surrounding the Captain Edward Penniman House has been completed. Friends funded this project including a new gravel path and brick patio, a handrail by the granite steps, and a picket fence connecting the house and the building behind.


Come take a look at the improvements, and notice the view out to Nauset Marsh from the house, enhanced by the Park's clearing of underbrush and bushes, with the help of Friends volunteers.


CCNS historian, Bill Burke, notes that the Penniman House is one of the few historic houses from the whaling era that is unaltered and one of the few captain's houses in the U.S. that is accessible to the public - "a time capsule from the late 1800s and turn of the century."


Restoring and maintaining the open appearance of the fields, stone walls, and vistas at Fort Hill has been a cultural landscape priority at the Park for many years, returning the land to the way it was in the nineteenth century.


Fort Hill is worth a winter visit!

Arm balloon Touring the climate research facility

Friends members at the Navigator level and above were given an illuminating tour of the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) mobile climate research facility in October.


Cathy at ARM

Education Ranger Cathy Skowron gave a thorough explanation of the various daily climate measurements taken at the Highlands Center in Truro during this year-long study of clouds, wind, sun, and aerosol properties.


We saw the launch of one of the four weather balloons released daily, watching it disappear as the balloon ascended 65,000 feet into the sky. To learn more about this important project, visit . Many Cape school children have visited the facility and learned about the science taking place there.


Wave lab Members also heard from Dave Spang, Friends board member, about the Center for Coastal Studies long-term coastal erosion survey conducted on the cliffs at the Highlands Center, high above the Atlantic. Dave has been making wave observations from this point every other day, year-round, for more than six years.


He records his measurements in the tiny Wave Observation Lab there. The observations demonstrate that future sea-level rise will further increase the northward transport of glacial sediment (beach sand), primarily toward the Provincetown Hook.


For additional photographs of the event see
National Public Lands Day


Public lands day On October 25, seven Friends members weeded and prepared the path in front of Salt Pond Visitor Center for a new surface as a National Public Lands Day project. Other members worked on the native garden at Park headquarters in Wellfleet.


News from the National Seashore


  • Demolition of the old and construction of the new Herring Cove bathhouse has begun.
  • The Nauset Bike Trail rehab project will be underway this winter; archaeological research was done in mid-October in advance of the construction.
  • Two significant archaeological research projects took place this fall in Wellfleet at the Baker-Biddle property and on Great Island.