National Seashore Highlands Fest Promotes Outdoor Activities

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE The Highlands Center on Old Dewline Road in North Truro.

The Highlands Center on Old Dewline Road in North Truro.

NORTH TRURO – The National Park Service is urging people across the country to engage in fun activities outdoors this year.

The Cape Cod National Seashore is embracing the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” initiative with the annual Highlands Fest on Saturday at the Highlands Center in North Truro.

The “Health Parks, Healthy People” program celebrates parks as resources for participating in healthy activities outdoors while fostering a deeper connection to the natural environment.

“We are really embracing the whole idea and really bringing people to the park for different ways to exercise and feel good about their surroundings,” National Park Service Highlands Center Project Manager Lauren McKean said.

The festival will feature a number of activities for the whole family.

“We’ll be painting murals, having a yoga session with an ocean view, some trail work, seed planting and a circus performance,” McKean said.

Highlands Fest is an annual celebration of the Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Other organizations participating include Barnstable County’s AmeriCorp Cape Cod, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Payomet Performing Arts Center, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Sustainable CAPE and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.

“With the National Seashore taking a large stride towards the ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ initiative in the coming years – we hope to draw emphasis to the importance of the park as a resource to the community in various ways,” AmeriCorps National Seashore Planning Assistant Lauren Markram said. “Cape Cod National Seashore, and the Highlands Center in particular, has so much to offer the public, from engaging health activities to science exploration and more.”

The mission of the event is to promote the cultural heritage of the Cape by engaging in an environment where specific research, arts creation and education programs can flourish.

Highland Fest will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Highlands Center on Old Dewline Road in North Truro.

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