Summer vacations at the Cape have long been an American tradition, dating back well before the national seashore was authorized in 1961. So popular is the seashore, in fact, that the vacation season has stretched out, going well beyond Labor Day and creeping into October. And why not? Waters, whether you’re talking about the Cape’s freshwater kettle ponds, Cape Cod Bay, or the Atlantic, remain relatively warm through September.
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore will once again offer its Junior Lifeguard Program for boys and girls ages 13 to 17 this summer. The purpose of the program is to promote water safety and provide job-specific training on Cape Cod by reaching out to area youth. Many past junior lifeguards currently work as ocean lifeguards for the seashore and several towns on Cape Cod.
Reaching into his daypack, the ranger pulled out a banana slug. Not a real one, but a stuffed animal version, a perfect prop to explain just exactly what banana slugs were to the youngsters in his audience here in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park.
The ocean waters off the national seashores and national parks that touch those waters offer incredible opportunities for recreation, whether it revolves around fishing, boating, or simply swimming. Now efforts are under way to develop a national policy focused on recreational fishing in those and other ocean waters.
Rivers run fast and tumbling throughout the National Park System, there are streams with lazy meanders, and placid lakes perfect for dipping a paddle. This diversity poses a delightful dilemma when you have the urge to float and paddle. What follows is just a sampling of the experiences that await you, whether you have hundreds of watery miles under your paddle, or are looking for calm waters to take your youngsters.
Paddling down a river or across a lake in a national park setting is truly a wonderful, memorable experience, one that carries thrills and life-long memories. You can retrace the historic 19th-century journey of John Wesley Powell, or land on a lodgepole pine-studded shore where camp is set under swaying trees and the evening brings a vivid sunset.
It’s happening again! No, not another government shutdown. That’s next month. What we have here is another invasion of Snowy Owls.
For decades the message to visitors at some popular national parks has been, "Don't feed the bears," but now there's a different twist on that theme at Cape Cod National Seashore. Park officials are asking visitors to stop feeding coyotes, and there's a sense of urgency in the campaign.