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Sandy Neck Beach Park Hikes and Events Schedule

Meet at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse unless otherwise noted.

Whale Walk at Sandy Neck : Saturday, April 4th,

Cape Cod is one of the finest spots on earth to view cetaceans from land. In winter, critically endangered North Atlantic right whales come to Cape Cod Bay to feed. In late spring & early summer, humpback, fin & minke whales arrive. Join Barnstable Land Trust and Jesse Mechling from Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies to look for these gentle giants as they feed in the surrounding waters. This hike is $5 per person.

Spring Beach Clean-up, Sunday : Sunday, April 19th , -

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.

Signs of Spring on Sandy Neck : Wednesday, April 29th,

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 27th, -
Hike 1.5-miles through Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier beach flora and fauna with Barnstable Land Trust and 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 from June 22rd to September 7th

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 3th,

Discover hidden Piping Plover nests along the front beach with Barnstable Land Trust and 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 7th – August 4th, 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 8th, 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 Sean Kortis as we search for signs of nests and tracks of these amazing and mysterious turtles. Learn about the headstart program helping the tiny terrapins. 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 19th, 10 am - noon
Hike 1.5-miles through Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier beach flora and fauna with Barnstable Land Trust and 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.

H iking for Terrapin Hatchlings on Sandy Neck, Wednesday, September 9th, 10 am – noon
This fall we will be searching Sandy Neck for tiny tracks of hatchling terrapins with Long Pasture’s Sean Kortis 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

Sandy Neck Fall Migration Hike: Saturday September 19th, 9am – noon.

Sandy Neck is a popular resting place for many migratory species on their way south along the east coast. The forested areas along the trails are made of a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees packed with high-energy food for the traveling birds. Additionally, many migrating birds linger on Sandy Neck shores, delaying their flights south for as long as possible. These birds tend to concentrate near their favorite food source before continuing on their journey. Join us for a migration hike as we welcome fall and the migratory birds that are leaving, returning, or just passing through. This hike is free.

Coast Sweep 2014 : Saturday, September 26th, 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 : Saturday, October 10th, 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
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Gatehouse: 508-362-8300
MEA Office: 508-790-6272

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