WELLFLEET, Mass. – Fall is an ideal time to explore Cape Cod National Seashore, and rangers, volunteers, and partner organizations are offering many programs in September. Opportunities include short and long walks, cultural history talks, lighthouse tours, workshops, and canoe tours. For program details, stop by Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham or Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown to pick up a copy of the September Activity Guide.
Lighthouses: Nauset Light in Eastham is open Sundays and Wednesdays in September from 1 to 4 pm (except September 1, 4:30-7:30 pm). Highland Light in Truro is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (last tour begins at 4:30). Must be 48” to climb; no flip flops or bare feet. A special Light Up the Night Tour will be held on September 13.
Museums and Historic Building Tours: Old Harbor Life-Saving Station in Provincetown is open daily from 2 to 4 pm, with special family events on September 14. The Highland House Museum in Truro is open through September 28 from 10 am to 4:30 pm, with a special wildlife program on September 4 at 6:30 pm and a talk on Cape Air’s sustainable solutions on September 20 at 4 pm. The Captain Penniman House in Eastham and the Atwood-Higgins House in Wellfleet are open for tours each week.
Science and Nature: The seashore’s annual Science in the Seashore Symposium, sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, will be held on September 12 from 1 to 4:30 pm at Salt Pond Visitor Center. Join researchers for brief presentations on current seashore science research. Throughout the month, rangers will lead tours in a variety of environments, exploring the Beech Forest, ponds, dunes, marshes, and cliffs, and topics surrounding sharks and seals, and non-native, invasive plants.
Canoe Trips: Guided canoe trips on Salt Pond will be held several days a week through September. Reservations are required and are accepted up to one week in advance.
Special Guest Presentations: Early Encounters Before the First Encounter with Dr. Kathleen Bragdon will be held on September 15 at 2 pm at Salt Pond Visitor Center. It is one of many programs the national seashore will host to mark the anniversary of the arrival of Mayflower in 1620, and the many dimensions of this story. Cranberries 101, with the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, will be held at Salt Pond on September 28 at 2 pm. Cape Cod Sea Captains: A Dangerous Life with Dr. Michael Pregot will be held on September 22 at 2 pm at Salt Pond.
For information about Cape Cod National Seashore programs visit https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/ranger-guided-activities.htm.