National Seashore to Offer Free Admission and Events on NPS Centennial

COURTESY OF THE CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE A photograph of the Cape Cod National Seashore by Gerald Cohen.

COURTESY OF THE CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE
A photograph of the Cape Cod National Seashore by Gerald Cohen.

WELLFLEET – The Cape Cod National Seashore will celebrate the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial on August 25th through the 28th with free beach entrance and a host of events.

Superintendent for the Seashore George Price said the area is unique in terms of its relationship to the other lands under NPS control.

“Out of our 44,000 acres, the federal government only owns 21,000,” he said. “So it really was a landmark transition in the National Park system to move towards partnerships in order to protect the cultural and natural themes that parks protect.”

The Centennial theme is “Find Your Park,” meant to emphasize the importance of individual exploration and making personal connection with these lands.

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. on the 25th at the Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham.

There, a science street fair will take place which will allow explorers to meet seashore scientists, live animals and more.

From 1 to 4 p.m., an annual science symposium in the auditorium will address scientific research the seashore has recently conducted.

A similar bash will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Province Lands Centennial Celebration at the Visitor Center, 171 Race Point Road, Provincetown. It will also feature Kitty Hendricks-Miller, a Wampanoag educator.

The Salt Pond Visitor Center will host a 6 p.m. family concert featuring the Cape Symphony in the amphitheater. The show will include pieces which reflect on nature, including a newly-commissioned piece to commemorate the centennial.

More information is available at www.nps.gov/capecod.

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