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Sandy Neck Beach Park Hikes and Events Schedule

2017 Sandy Neck Nature Hikes and Events

 

Meet at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse unless otherwise noted.

Sandy Neck Spring Wetlands Walk: Friday, April 14th, 3 pm – 5 pm

Traverse through the rich and diverse wetlands of Sandy Neck Beach from shallow dune swales, to the cranberry bogs of old maritime forests. Look for signs of early spring activity including plants, invertebrates, and breeding amphibians. We will also be on the lookout for evidence of the rare and elusive Spadefoot Toad. Rain/Muck boots and bug spray highly recommended. Be prepared to get muddy.  For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300. This hike is free.

Signs of Spring on Sandy Neck:   Tuesday, April 18th, 10 am – noon  

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 Sean Kortis, Sandy Neck Natural Resource Officer, 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

Spring Beach Clean-up: Saturday, April 22th,  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.  Meet at the Sandy Neck lower lot.  For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300.

Sandy Neck Spring Flora & Fauna Hike:   Wednesday, May 24th, 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.  For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300. This hike is free.

Searching Sandy Neck For Wildlife: From Ospreys and Piping Plovers to Diamondback Terrapin Turtles: Select Dates Monday July 3, July 17, July 31, August 7 & August 21 from 9 am – 11:00 am

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 7th, 10 am – noon  

Discover hidden Piping Plover nests along the front beach with Barnstable Land Trust and Sandy Neck Park staff 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.  For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300. This hike is free.  

Sandy Neck Junior Ranger Program: Five Tuesdays, 9:30 am – noon, from July 11th – August 8th, 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:   Tuesday, July 11th, 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 Park staff 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. 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 16th, 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.  For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300. This hike is free.

Hiking for Terrapin Hatchlings on Sandy Neck, Saturday, September 16th, 10 am – noon

This fall we will be searching Sandy Neck for tiny tracks of hatchling terrapins with Natural Resource Officer Sean Kortis and Mass Audubon’s Ian Ives, 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 23th, 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.  For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300.  This hike is free.

Coast Sweep 2017:   Sunday, September 24th, 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 14th,  10am - noon

Hike the dunes of Sandy Neck 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

Fall Cape Cod Pathways Walking Weekend:  Sunday, October 15th, 2 pm – 4 pm

Experience a variety of habitats including the salt marsh, expansive sand dunes, swales and freshwater wetlands, and the intertidal along the front beach. At this time of year, we may have the opportunity to see rare migratory birds as well as diamondback terrapin hatchlings making their way towards the marsh. A fairly strenuous hike through soft sand. Good hiking boots, sunscreen, and plenty of water are recommended.  For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300.  This hike is free

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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