April - May 2014

A message from our president




It was a pretty harsh winter here on the Outer Cape, what with several blizzards, protracted cold, and persistent snow. Now that Spring is here, it is time to be outside and enjoy Cape Cod National Seashore!



Richard Ryder


Help clean up Herring Cove Beach.
Earth Day Events

Earth Day on April 22 is certainly something to celebrate, but it is also a time for giving back and getting involved. Here are a few events where you might help out:

Friends Earth Day Project - Saturday, April 19, Herring Cove Beach, 10 am

There will be a fun beach cleanup in the Race Point area in conjunction with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies  for anyone who is interested. Meet at the Herring Cove Beach north parking lot by 10 am. The plan is to clean up Herring Cove Beach, but if enough volunteers participate we will have a group work over toward Hatches Harbor as well. Who knows, we might have some right whales sightings while we are out there!

Please email us at: FriendsofCapeCodNationalSeashore@wildapricot.org if you plan to help out. Bring water, gloves, and sun screen.

CARE for the Cape and Islands Event - Tuesday,
April 22, Herring Cove Beach, 1 pm

CARE, a traveler's philanthropy non-profit, will be presenting a check to FCCNS that will be matched with upcoming gala funds, for a short film on sustainable practices that the park is producing. During the event, which involves CCNS and CCS, the Seashore will unveil a new wayside exhibit on whales that CARE funded last year for the new Herring Cove bathhouse.

Old Harbor Cleanup/Setup Day - Wednesday, April 23, Old Harbor Station, Race Point

Join other Friends and park staff to help cleanup/setup Old Harbor Life-Saving Station for the season. There will be lots of fun chores -assembling new bleachers, shoveling sand, dusting, cleaning, and helping to set up the furnishings. If you haven't been to Old Harbor for a while, come see what's new and lend a hand. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please call ranger Jody Anastasio at 508-487-2100 ext. 0920.

Sign up for a tour of the parabolic dunes

Member Appreciation Events
  Off the Beaten Path
Explore lesser-known areas of Cape Cod National Seashore with Bob Cook, Ph.D., CCNS Wildlife Ecologist, and Steve Smith, CCNS Plant Ecologist. Please choose one walk. Length of walks is approximate.

Brush Valley with Bob Cook
Friday, April 18, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Explore the area along coastal Truro referred to historically as "Brush Valley." This hike of about 3 1/2 miles will explore one of the Seashore's largest forested tracts, where one can temporarily escape most signs of the modern world. Trails atop the coastal bluffs will provide us with impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a view of the entire outer Cape where one is standing above the treetops.
Meet at Snow Pond in Truro at 10 am

Province Lands Parabolic Dunes with Bob Cook and Steve Smith
Friday, May 2, 10 am to 2 pm
Leave the outwash plain of High Head behind and explore the parabolic dunes of the Province Lands. This hike will travel up, down, over and across the dunescape that gives the Province Lands its distinctive look and feel. It will include broad vistas from atop dunes to intimate looks at the many dune slack wetlands that characterize this part of the Seashore and support many species of rare animals and plants. We will cover around 3.5 to 4.0 miles round trip.
Meet at High Head parking lot by 10 am

NOTE: Both hikes will encounter varied walking conditions, including soft sand and lots of ups and downs; sturdy boots are recommended. Exposure to poison ivy and ticks is likely. Participants should be in moderately good shape. Bring water, and food as needed.

Participation is limited to 12 members per walk. To make reservations, email info@fccns.org or phone 508-957-0729.

Save the date! Wednesday, July 23
Our fundraiser with Jimmy Tingle
Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore is hosting a gala evening on Wednesday July 23, from 7 to 9 pm at Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro, to benefit our beloved Cape Cod National Seashore.

The evening will feature stand-up comic, social and political humorist JIMMY TINGLE LIVE - "Making Comic Sense." Friends is thrilled to have Mr. Tingle as its guest! You will not want to miss his unique brand of topical yet timeless comedy. Clean, funny, intelligent humor for all audiences.

Live music by Toast and Jam, complimentary wine, beer, and light hors d'oeuvres, and comfortable tent seating ensure a fun evening no matter what the weather. There also will be a live auction to benefit the Seashore. Parking is free and unlimited.

All proceeds will go to fund the purchase of mammal monitoring cameras, as well as Climate Friendly Park initiatives such as Beach Recycling programs and a movie on sustainable practices for use at the Seashore's visitor centers and on the park website.

For additional information, and to purchase tickets at $50/person, go to the Friends website at www.fccns.org.
Join us inside the Payomet Tent in Truro
(Photo: Paul Blackmore)

"Humpback whale and herring" by Dan Woolhiser
Part of the student marine art exhibition at SPVC
News from the National Seashore

Winter storms

Winter storms damaged both the Nauset Light Beach stairs and the Herring Cove Beach revetment. Thanks to special storm damage funds the replacement stairs will be in place by late spring, and the revetment repaired in time for the summer season.

International delegations coming

The Seashore is hosting two international delegations of park managers this spring. Managers from parks in Russia visited in early April, and in late May a delegation from South American parks in Chile, Columbia, and Argentina will visit.

These visits promote cooperation and the exchange of ideas, as well as opportunities for the managers of the relatively newer parks to see how the established US National Park System is managed.

"Hermit crab" by Keegan Gilmore
Student Marine Art Exhibit

The annual Student Marine Art Exhibit is on display at Salt Pond Visitor Center in April. It features prize-winning art created by students across Massachusetts, including the Cape and the Islands, for the contest entitled "Amazing Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National
Marine Sanctuary". 

The artwork captures the diversity of species found at the Sanctuary. Open until April 28 - don't miss this fantastic art!

National Seashore's economic impact

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 4.4 million visitors in 2012 spent more than $179 million at Cape Cod National Seashore and in communities near the park. That spending supported approximately 2,170 jobs in the area.

Superintendent George Price notes that "national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy - returning $10 for every $1 invested in the NPS - and it's a big factor in our local economy as well."