Sandy Neck Nature Hikes
Meet at the
Sandy Neck Gatehouse unless otherwise
Whale Walk at Sandy Neck: Sunday, April 14th,
is one of the finest spots on earth to view cetaceans from land. In
winter, critically endangered North Atlantic
right whales come to
Bay to feed. In late spring & early summer,
humpback, fin & minke whales arrive.
Land Trust and Jesse Mechling
for Coastal Studies to look for these gentle giants as they feed in the
surrounding waters. Sandy Neck Gatehouse.
Celebrate Spring on Sandy Neck: Wednesday, April 17th, –
Sandy Neck awakens in April as Ospreys return to rebuild their bulky stick nests
atop poles. Endangered Piping Plovers scour the vast beach for the ideal spot to
scratch their simple nests. Rare Spadefoot Toads rush to breed in ephemeral
pools in the dunes. Ian Ives of Mass
Audubon’s Long Pasture and Nina Coleman, Sandy Neck Manager, will be your guides
through this spectacular landscape.
members $6, non-members $8. Kids $4 members, $6 non-members.
Pre-registration with the Barnstable Land Trust office is required. To register,
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-771-2585. For more
Sunday, April 28th , -
Join the Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association for this yearly event. Activities include trash pick up and
dune fence installation. Meet at the
lower parking lot and spend the morning giving back to your favorite beach. For more information call the
Searching Sandy Neck For
Wildlife: From Ospreys and Piping Plovers to Diamondback Terrapin Turtles:
Monday 9 am – 11:15 am from May 20nd to September 9th
along the salt marsh, dunes and beach seeking signs of wildlife from wading
shorebirds to mammal tracks to swooping swallows. Adult MA Audubon Members
$6, nonmembers $8, $4 and $6 for children Call 508-362-7475 for information
Sandy Neck Plover Walk:
Wednesday, June 5th,
Discover hidden Piping Plover nests along the front beach with Sandy Neck Park
Manager Nina Coleman on a one-mile hike through the dunes of Sandy Neck. Explore barrier beach ecology. Learn
about the Piping Plover’s life-cycle and conservation measures being taken to
protect these endangered shorebirds.
Wear hiking boots for sand/uneven terrain.
This hike is free.
Sandy Neck Junior Ranger Program:
Five Tuesdays, 9:30 am – noon, from July 9th – August 6th,
Come explore the Sandy Neck barrier beach ecosystem as a Jr. Ranger. Jr. Rangers will earn their badge by
participating in outdoor hikes, identifying local plants and animals including
endangered species, learning how to rescue marine mammals such as dolphins and
seals, and most of all having fun.
Junior Rangers must be able to attend four out of five sessions to be eligible
for the program. Space is limited to
ten however more sessions may be added if needed.
$40 for each Jr. Ranger. For
more information on enrollment call the Barnstable Recreation Department
In Search of Diamondback Terrapins on Sandy Neck: Wednesday July 10th,
10 am –
In summer, rare Diamondback Terrapins emerge from the Great Marsh to lay their
eggs in the dunes of Sandy Neck.
Join Sandy Neck Manager Nina Coleman and Mass Audubon’s Ian Ives as we search
for signs of nests and tracks of these amazing and mysterious turtles. Learn
about the headstart program helping the tiny terrapins. Call 508-362-7475 to
members: $6; non-members: $8. Children 12 and under: $4 members/ $6 non-members.
Sandy Neck Summer Flora & Fauna Hike:
Wednesday, August 14th,
Hike 1.5-miles through
Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier beach flora and fauna
with Sandy Neck Manager, Nina Coleman. You’ll learn about ongoing efforts to
protect and restore these and other sensitive natural communities. Wear sturdy
hiking boots to walk over sand and uneven terrain. This hike is free.
for Terrapin Hatchlings on Sandy
Neck, Wednesday, September 11th, –
Last summer, we caught a glimpse of a rare Diamondback Terrapin female who had
just laid her eggs. This fall we will be searching Sandy Neck for tiny tracks of
hatchling terrapins with Long Pasture’s Ian Ives and Sandy Neck Manager Nina
Coleman, as the quarter-sized newborns make the treacherous journey from their
sandy dune nests to the safety of the marsh. $6 MA Audubon
Members, $8 Non-members/ $4 and $6 for Children. Call 508-362-7475 to register.
Coast Sweep 2013:
Saturday, September 28th, -
Sponsored by the
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and coordinated by the Urban
Harbors Institute, thousands of
COASTSWEEP volunteers remove debris that would otherwise pollute our oceans,
beaches, lakes, and rivers. Participants collect bag after bag of trash and
debris, and record their findings onto data cards. The data is sent to the Ocean
Conservancy and entered into a massive marine debris database. This information
is then analyzed and used to identify the sources of marine debris, which helps
to prevent the problem in the future.If you’re interested in volunteering,
contact Donna Bragg at Sandy Neck Gatehouse
at 508-362-8300 or email us at
Sandy Neck Fall Flora & Fauna Hike:
Friday, October 11th,
1.5-miles through Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier
beach flora and fauna with Sandy Neck Manager, Nina Coleman. You’ll learn about
ongoing efforts to protect and restore these and other sensitive natural
communities while you hunt for tiny terrapins. Wear sturdy hiking boots to walk
over sand and uneven terrain. This hike is free.
All Sandy Neck
hikes are considered strenuous in difficulty.