Cape Exploration


Situated at the tip of Cape Cod in the historic village of Provincetown, CCS has the unique advantage of being able to utilize numerous natural and cultural resources such as the Province Lands Area of the Cape Cod National Seashore and offer many activities for families. From our vantage point, where the land meets the sea, CCS scientists study the surrounding coastal and marine environment, bringing a wealth of scientific knowledge to all our exploration walks and activities. All exploration activities are led by our trained naturalists/scientists.


Right whale skim feeding off Wood End, Provincetown

Whale Field Walks: Winter/Spring 2018

Cape Cod is arguably one of the finest spots on earth to view cetaceans from land. Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales come to Cape Cod Bay each winter to feed, while in late spring and early summer, humpback, fin and minke whales arrive. CCS staff and scientists will lead guided walks to Race Point, Wood End, and Herring Cove to watch for whales as they feed in the surrounding waters, often only a few hundred feet from shore. Information and updates on right whale research will also be available. Must have good walking shoes and be able to walk 1/2-2 miles. Free. Suggested donation $5. No reservations necessary. Times and locations vary. Check back for dates and times or follow us on Facebook.


Gray seals. CCS image under NOAA permit 775-1875.

Gray seals. CCS image under NOAA permit 775-1875.

Seal Walks: Dates vary

Harbor and gray seals are frequent visitors to Cape Cod Waters and can often be seen resting on local beaches at areas called ‘haul-outs’. The Center, in partnership with the Cape Cod National Seashore, offers naturalist-led walks to haul-out sites at various locations on the outer Cape. Free. Reservations necessary. Check back for our 2018 schedule.



Fiddler crab on the tidal flats of Provincetown Harbor

Fiddler crab on the tidal flats of Provincetown Harbor

Tidal Flats Exploration: Dates vary

Every twelve hours, the waters of Provincetown Harbor retreat to reveal an exciting world of hidden creatures. Despite their barren appearance, tidal flats are highly productive systems that support large numbers of animals. Join CCS naturalists on the beach and discover the secrets of the tidal flats. Meet at the West End Breakwater, adjacent to the Provincetown Inn. $3 for non-members, members free. All ages welcome. No reservations required. Check back for 2018 summer programs.


Naturalist Kayak Tours: Dates vary

kayak tour 2013See Provincetown how it is meant to be seen, from the water. Join a CCS naturalist for a tour of Provincetown Harbor and learn about the geology, history and nature of the harbor and surrounding waters while searching for sea birds, seals and the occasional whale. Kayak to Long Point, or paddle alongside the West End Breakwater and see what amazing creatures dwell in the shallows. No kayaking experience required. Must be 15 years or older. Reservations required, $50 fee applies. To register, call Venture Athletics Water Sports, 508-487-9442. Check back for 2018 summer schedule.


Humpback calf - croppedWhale Camp for Kids! July 16-18, August 6-8 from 9 am – 12:30 pm

Learn about the wonderful world of whales and the ocean with CCS’s exciting three-day summer program for kids ages 8-12. Step inside a life size North Atlantic right whale, learn what it’s like to disentangle whales and turtles, identify whales by their distinctive markings, create whale art and a take a whale watch aboard the Dolphin Fleet. Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. Fee is $150 for CCS members / $175 for non-members. Cape Cod Students receive a $20 discount.

For details and reservations, contact Marine Education Director Jesse Mechling at 508-487-3623 x 114.