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Treasuring the Wild Places

Celebrate Provincetown's National Park


August 21st, 2016

We who live here year-round treasure “our” Cape Cod National Seashore for its wildness and serenity, are tuned to the changes in climate, and dedicated to preserving the beauty that drew us to live here. With the National Park Service's 100th anniversary taking place this summer, we're inviting others to learn how our portion of the CCNS works, the creatures that inhabit it, and things we all need to do to to meet the challenges and impacts of climate change.

The film will be followed by a short discussion about climate change, what it means to “think globally and act locally”, and will introduce the newly formed Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative

Locally, a great way to learn about our marine environment is through the programs of the Center for Coastal Studies, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. You can take a kayak tour of Provincetown Harbor with a CCS naturalist and Venture Athletics staff, and learn about the natural and cultural history of our fishing village (August 23rd at 4 pm, $50), or take a Seal Walk on August 24th or 25th with CCS educator Jesse Mechling (in cooperation with the National Seashore) to view grey and harbor seals at a haul-out at High Head in North Truro. You can learn about their habits, behavior, and population trends, and possibly even see – through binoculars – the fins of another visitor to seal haul-outs, the great white shark! Seal walks are free, but space is limited and reservations are required. To register, call the Province Lands Visitor Center at 508-487-1256.

Join the Association to Protect Cape Cod (APCC) and the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) on August 25th at Chatham Orpheum for a special screening of the documentary “Chasing Ice,” which Sundance London called “A film so eye-opening and socially important that it demands to be seen.” According to TimeOut UK, “They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this instance, a few moments of jaw-dropping time-lapse footage pretty much eclipse every other environmental documentary we’ve seen before.” The movie begins at 8 pm, but guests are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 pm for a meet and greet with APCC President, Ed DeWitt, and CCS President/CEO, Rich Delaney. The film will be followed by a short discussion about climate change, what it means to “think globally and act locally”, and will introduce the newly formed Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative, a Cape-wide campaign to unite the varied expertise and experience of Cape Cod organizations to address the impacts of climate change. Tickets are $12 and proceeds support the work of the APCC and CCS. Purchase online at Chatham Orpheum. Seating is limited, so book today!

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Love nature? Take a hike! The Cape Cod National Seashore rangers will take you on a strenuous hike over a stone breakwater and out to Long Point in Provincetown with will get your legs working and your heart pumping. You'll be walking over uneven stones and in loose sand, so wear sturdy shoes, plentiful sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Reservations for this five mile round trip hike are required and accepted no more than one week in advance. Call Province Lands Visitor Center, 508-487-1256 to register. The activity is free, and scheduled dates include August 24th and 31st.

You'll also find a NPS calendar of tours, lectures, bird-watching, photography walks, and an historic re-enactment of a Beach Apparatus Drill on the 25th at the Old Harbor Lifesaving Station.
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th, and everyone can take part in the celebration! From the 25th through 28th admission to the National Seashore is free, and on the 25th from 2-4 pm, all are invited to the Province Lands Centennial Celebration at the Visitors Center!! Join staff for an afternoon of celebration, including family-friendly activities, cake, a Scavenger Hunt, a slide show entitled “Fire, Ice, Wind, and Water”, Wampanoag Music and Games, featuring native toys, games, songs, and dancing to traditional instruments, and much more!

Chris Daniels is a writer/photographer and administrative guru who shares her life with a bossy cat named Miss Lily and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”

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