Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Park Rangers Lead PTown Activities Along the Cape Cod National Seashore

A family canoes through Provincetown's wetlands.
This family paddles their way through the marsh and wetlands in Provincetown's Far West End, enjoying a canoe trip led by a park ranger from the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Each summer a wide variety of activities led by park rangers both educate and entertain thousands of visitors to Provincetown shores.
Here's a link to the National Park Service website, with a tremendous amount of information about park resources on Cape Cod. Here's a link to ranger-led activities on the outer cape for August, 2014. Also, the Old Harbor Lifesaving Station will be open daily from 2 PM until 4 PM, offering an open house, and the chance to get inside this historic building and see how those brave men who manned these lifesaving stations lived.
The U S Lifesaving Service was founded in 1871 in response to thousands of shipwrecks on American shores. In those days a shipwreck could occur as often as two or three times a month anywhere along the shoreline of Cape Cod. There's a re-enactment of the breeches buoy rescue drills on the grounds of the Old Harbor Lifesaving Station on Thursday evenings, and a variety of ranger-led hikes and other regular activities are available. Check the schedules and get out and enjoy the resources of the national park that surrounds Provincetown.


  1. FYI..on 8/19 while riding on the bike trails in PTOWN at apprx. 06:30 a fisher cat ran in front of me on the path. It took me a week to identify what it was but without a doubt it was a fisher cat. I was near Beach Forest about .5 miles from the parking lot.

  2. Thanks for reading my blog! In the wild areas surrounding Provincetown I've seen some animals I have never been able to really identify. I've never come across a fisher cat, which bears no resemblance to any sort of cat, but is actually among the largest members of the weasel family, with a piercing scream you won't forget if you ever meet one. Copy and paste the address below into your browser to see a three-minute YouTube video of young Cape Cod fishers being rehabilitated at the Humane Society's Cape Wildlife Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-GcSbwYRgw