November - December 2015

A message from our president


Lucky us.

As I write this, the beautiful weather continues, even as the leaves turn from green to glorious gold. Sunny skies and calm winds turned our recent "Ponds in the Park" members' event into the ideal outdoor classroom.

We learned about the Park's pond monitoring system, met Park staff working at Truro's Great Pond, and basked in the generous autumn sun. The poison ivy, a riot of red, looked particularly lovely! These members' events consistently provide informative, fun, behind-the scenes opportunities for Friends' members, so join us when you can.

We are on the crest of a new season; and with it, shorter days and longer nights. As the display in Orleans' Snow Library reminds us - "More time to read".

Perhaps you'll read some local history and then walk the Seashore, retracing the steps of authors like Thoreau, Beston, or Shebnah Rich, whose Truro--Cape Cod or Land Marks and Sea Marks, initially published in 1883, provides an enjoyable read that will get you through many long winter nights.

Later this month, we will pause and give thanks. We are thankful for our families, for our health, for the variety of blessings that enrich our lives. While we're at it, perhaps we'll give thanks for the vision that created our Cape Cod National Seashore, providing all of us with peace and beauty.

Pat Canavan

"Ponds in the Park" Members' Event
Great Pond, Truro
Photos: Tom Slack

Membership News
Friends makes a difference

The membership dues and donations of our 536 members account for the vast majority of the financial assistance we are able to give the National Seashore.

But did you know that from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, 45 Friends members logged 1,715 hours in volunteer service to the National Seashore?

That is something to celebrate!

As the Centennial of the National Park Service approaches in 2016, we look forward to adding even more supporters to lend a hand to the Seashore, both financially and physically!

Dues renewal letters will be sent out via email beginning this month, based on your anniversary date. You are now able to update your information online, and to pay your dues on line via credit card.

Please remember all the good work that Friends does for Cape Cod National Seashore each year and consider increasing the level of your membership. We thank you for your support!

Science at the Seashore
Annual Symposium a rousing success

The fifth annual Science in the Seashore Symposium was held at Salt Pond Visitor Center on August 27. Each year has seen the event grow in profile and for the second year in a row, it was a full house at Salt Pond and a rousing success.

On a spectacular summer beach day, visitors and community members, young and old, joined seashore science staff and visiting scientists to learn about a variety of research projects at Cape Cod National Seashore. They were not disappointed.

A diverse group of scientists and scholars shared brief and engaging presentations about bats, hognose snakes, fish in local waters, greenhouse gas emissions from salt marshes, roseate terns, river herring, preserving dune shacks, and more.

All of the presenters delivered interesting and articulate summaries of their work, and the audience responded with a lively round of questions following each one. Most people stayed right to the end of the four-hour program, providing evidence of their sustained interest in natural science and the importance of this popular program.

The 2015 symposium served to underscore the importance of the Nickerson Fellowship, as four of the ten presenters were either past or present fellows. The fellowships are funded by the Joshua A. Nickerson Fund, which is managed by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Financial support for the Symposium has been provided by Friends since its inception.

For a complete listing of this year's presentations, please click here.

News from the Seashore

Penniman House Update

Work is well underway on the 1868 Captain Edward Penniman House, one of the National Seashore's most visible and iconic historic buildings.

A $100,000 donation from Friends and $15,000 from Eastern National (the Seashore's bookstore partner) was matched by $85,000 in National Park Service Centennial funds to paint and repair the house.

This successful funding strategy helped position the park to receive additional funds from the park service to repair and replace shutters, and to rehabilitate fencing and walls on the property.

Photo credit: Sidney Maddock

Shorebird Management Plan

Public Meeting - Tuesday, November 17, 4-7 pm,
Salt Pond Visitor Center

Concerned about shorebirds?

Be sure to attend this open house hosted by the park staff that will focus on the long-awaited Shorebird Management Plan Environmental Assessment, recently completed after years of study and preparation.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to comment on the plan before it is finalized. Prior to the meeting, the draft plan can be viewed and comments submitted. Click here.

Get the party hats on!

In 2016, the National Park Service turns 100, marking a century of preserving our nation's most compelling natural and historic places for all to enjoy. Celebration plans are underway at parks across the country, including Cape Cod National Seashore. Look for a calendar of events in early 2016.

Every Kid in a Park

As part of the NPS Centennial, all 4th graders and their families are invited to visit national parks and other federal lands for free in 2016. To find out more and to obtain a voucher for free entry, Click here.

Tell your kids and grandchildren! early 2016.

Face Lift for National Seashore Amphitheaters

The park is finalizing plans to rehabilitate these important facilities at the Salt Pond and Province Lands Visitor Centers in 2016, including repairing the historic structures, making them accessible, and eliminating safety issues. When rehabilitated, the amphitheaters will again be usable for large group programs and performances.

Help Wanted!

Consider this! Enjoy a special connection with our wonderful Cape Cod National Seashore, using your skills to support the work of the Friends.

We need volunteers for these positions:

Volunteer coordinator

Works closely with the board of directors to assess the need for volunteers. Typically, the coordinator sends out email notices alerting members of the date, time, etc. of specific volunteer opportunities. May also work with coordinators of our established programs such as seal education, trail maintenance and cut/pile/burn when they need additional volunteers.

Marketing/publicity coordinator

Generates opportunities to raise the visibility of the Friends through social/ print media.

Concert series coordinator

The Salt Pond concert series coordinator arranges appearances by approximately four sets of local musicians for one hour concerts taking place between July and October.

For more information about these three exciting positions, please contact Pat Canavan.

Our Mission Statement

Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore (FCCNS) is the not-for-profit fundraising partner of the Cape Cod National Seashore; a partnership established in 1987 to help preserve, protect and enhance the fragile environment and unique cultural heritage of the Park. By leveraging existing federal support with additional private philanthropy, FCCNS engages members, donors and visitors alike in the shared values of cultural appreciation, environmental stewardship and historical preservation.