WELLFLEET, Mass. – Rangers and volunteers are excited to greet spring and the local and visiting families it brings. The national seashore has a variety of activities planned that will entice children of all ages, history buffs, and nature enthusiasts. All activities are free.
A family program, Investigate Cape Cod Wildlife and Habitats, is slated for Wednesday, April 17 from 10 am to noon at Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham. This hands-on, outdoor program will explore wildlife and their denning, nesting, and feeding sites. Participants will investigate tracks, and use tools to measure soil and moisture conditions to determine which habitat is just right for certain animals. For more wildlife investigations, Touch and Learn tables will be available at the visitor center from 10 am to 3 pm on April 13 to 21.
On Thursday, April 18 at 2 pm, Salt Pond Visitor Center will host SpotLight Wild, an indoor program that explores how land, sea, and wildlife are connected. There will be a presentation and panel discussion with Kathy Zagzebski, executive director of the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay, Zak Merz, executive director of the Cape Wildlife Center, and Theresa Barbo, executive director of the Orenda Wildlife Trust.
Two global radio events will be offered—a Titanic memorial event and International Marconi Day. Both commemorations will be held at the former Nauset Coast Guard Station at Coast Guard Beach, Eastham. The Titanic event honors the souls lost when the ship went down on April 15, 1912. The drop-in event will be held on April 13 and 14 from 2 to 4 pm, with stories of ship-to-shore wireless communication. International Marconi Day will be held on April 27 from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Drop in to see radio operators communicating with stations around the world. Test your global geography knowledge and try your hand at Morse code. Those who can’t attend are invited to tune in via shortwave radio.
A short history walk will be held at the Marconi Site in Wellfleet on April 18 at 11 am, and tours of the historic Captain Penniman House in Eastham will be held on April 15 and 19. Highland Light in Truro, operated by Eastern National, will open for the season on April 13. Visit www.highlandlighthouse.org for the tour schedule. Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown opens for the season on May 1.
For full program details, go to https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/ranger-guided-activities.htm; call the Salt Pond Visitor Center at 508-255-3421 ext. 0; or call the Province Lands Visitor Center at 508-487-1256 beginning May 1.