National Seashore Hosting Volunteer Clean-up Projects

WELLFLEET – The Cape Cod National Seashore is looking for volunteers for three of their annual cleanup projects in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

The goal is to clean up and restore some of the public parks, forests, and waterways of the country, including those here on Cape Cod.

“We’ve got over 700 volunteers contributing over 30,000 hours of service to the Seashore throughout the year. They really help us to do our job better and really stretch what our capabilities are,” said Brian Carlstrom, Superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

The first two projects are to spruce up the native gardens at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and the Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters location in Wellfleet.

Volunteers will be invited to stay and participate in short ranger programs at the Visitor Center.

The third project is to help clean out the barn at the historic Captain Edward Penniman House in Eastham.

Participants will learn about the preservation of the property in the national seashore.

“We typically expect pretty decent turn out, and we fine work for everyone to do. And there is lots to be done,” said Carlstrom.

Each of the projects is expected to take up about three hours. Volunteers should wear long pants and long-sleeved shorts and bring pruners or loppers, trowels, gloves, a bucket, and drinking water if they are going to participate in the gardens clean up.

The Visitor Center cleanup will be Thursday, September 26 and the Wellfleet Headquarters cleanup will be Saturday, September 28. The Penniman House clean out will be on October 16.

Volunteers should contact Sue Moynihan at 508-957-0738. To volunteer for the Penniman House project, contact Bill Burke at 508-255-3421.

“We’re looking forward to folks helping out on our National Public Lands Day event, and showing a little bit of stewardship and pride towards the national seashore,” finished Carlstrom.



About Grady Culhane

Grady Culhane is a Cape Cod native currently living in Eastham. He studied media communications at Cape Cod Community College and joined the News Center in 2019.
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