National Seashore Ranger Programs explore seasonal change

Get outside on the shortest day of the year

The transition from fall to winter provides opportunities to explore dimensions of the national seashore not seen at other times of the year. Three upcoming ranger programs will focus on seasonal changes, wildlife, and area history. Programs are free and open to the public, and reservations are not required.

Get outside on the shortest day of the year! Winter Solstice, slated for Wednesday, December 21 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM, will showcase phenology—the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life. This 1-1/2 hour, 1-1/2 mile walk will take place in the area of Pilgrim Springs and the Head of the Meadow bike trail. Meet at the shelter in the Pilgrim Heights parking area, off Route 6, in Truro.

At 4:00 PM, as dusk approaches on Wednesday, December 28, join a ranger for Wildlife in the Seashore. Look for animal life and sign around fields, woods, and wetlands. This 1 hour, 1 mile walk meets at the lower parking lot at Fort Hill, 70 Fort Hill Road, Eastham.

A Salt Pond Stroll is slated for Thursday, December 29 at 1:00 PM. During a leisurely 1 hour, 1 mile walk along the shoreline of Salt Pond, explore thousands of years of human settlement and learn why people have considered this a good place to call home. Meet at Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham.

Those attending programs should dress in layers. Bring water and binoculars, if you have them. If weather is inclement, contact Salt Pond Visitor Center at 508-255-3421 to see if the program is cancelled or will be moved indoors, if possible. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on