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Sandy Neck Beach Park Hikes and Events Schedule

Meet at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse unless otherwise noted.

 

Spring Beach Clean-up, Sunday: Sunday, April 13th ,  9 am - noon

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 Gatehouse: 508-362-8300.

Celebrate Spring on Sandy Neck:   Wednesday, April 16th, 10 amnoon  

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. Programs are $7 for members and $9 for non-members/ $5 and $7 for children. Pre-registration not required. For more information, call Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475 Ext 9355 or online www.massaudubon.org/longpasture

Sandy Neck Spring Flora & Fauna Hike:   Wednesday, May 28th, 10 am - noon  
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.

Searching Sandy Neck For Wildlife: From Ospreys and Piping Plovers to Diamondback Terrapin Turtles: EVERY Monday 9 am – 11:00 am from June 23rd to September 8th

Join MA Audubon naturalist Chris Walz and walk along the salt marsh, dunes and beach seeking signs of wildlife from wading shorebirds to mammal tracks to swooping swallows. Programs are $7 for members and $9 for non-members/ $5 and $7 for children. Pre-registration not required. For more information, call Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475 Ext 9355 or online www.massaudubon.org/longpasture

Sandy Neck Plover Walk:   Wednesday, June 4th, 10 amnoon  

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 8th – August 5th, Ages 9-13

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 508-790-6345.

In Search of Diamondback Terrapins on Sandy Neck:   Wednesday July 9th, 10 am – noon  

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 register. Programs are $7 for members and $9 for non-members/ $5 and $7 for children. Pre-registration not required. For more information, call Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475 Ext 9355 or online www.massaudubon.org/longpasture

 

 

Sandy Neck Summer Flora & Fauna Hike:   Wednesday, August 13th, 10 am - noon  
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.

 

Hiking for Terrapin Hatchlings on Sandy Neck, Wednesday, September 10th, 10 amnoon
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. Programs are $7 for members and $9 for non-members/ $5 and $7 for children. Pre-registration not required. For more information, call Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475 Ext 9355 or online www.massaudubon.org/longpasture

 

Coast Sweep 2014:   Saturday, September 27th, 9 am - noon  

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 sandynec@town.barnstable.ma.us

 

The Hunt for Red October:   Wednesday, October 8th, 10 am - noon

Hike the dunes of Sandy Neck dunes in search freshwater cranberry wetlands with MA Audubon Long Pasture’s Ian Ives and Sandy Neck Manager Nina Coleman.  Learn about wetland ecology and have an opportunity to pick fresh Sandy Neck cranberries for your Thanksgiving table.  Programs are $7 for members and $9 for non-members/ $5 and $7 for children. Pre-registration not required. For more information, call Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475 Ext 9355 or online www.massaudubon.org/longpasture

 

 

All Sandy Neck hikes are considered strenuous in difficulty.

 

 

 

Sandy Neck Beach Park
425 Sandy Neck Road
W. Barnstable, Ma 02668
Directions
Gatehouse: 508-362-8300
MEA Office: 508-790-6272

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