Cape Exploration


Cape Exploration

Situated at the tip of Cape Cod in the historic village of Provincetown, PCCS 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, PCCS 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.

Meet Delilah

Step inside Delilah, an inflatable, life-sized North Atlantic Right Whale, and learn all about these rare and amazing animals. Free. Suggested donation $3. An exciting activity for kids of all ages.

Whale Field Walks

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. PCCS 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.

Landscape Photography Workshop

Photography some of the Outer Cape’s most iconic scenes, while learning techniques from an award –winning photographer. Bring a camera, tripod, and your photographic eye. Please register by contacting PCCS at 508-487-3623 x 103. Tours will be held Friday June 28th at 6PM and Friday August July 23rd at 5:30PM and begin from the Province Lands Visitor Center. Free.

Seal Walks

A number of different species of seals occupy New England waters. Harbor and gray seals are often sighted throughout the year in the water and resting on local beaches in large groups or herds. PCCS is leading an effort on Cape Cod to identify and create a picture of local seal population movements and behavior. PCCS will offer naturalist led seal walks for groups, and individuals to seal haul out sights located on the outer beaches of Cape Cod. Free. No reservations necessary. Times and locations TBA.

Tidal Flats Exploration

Every twelve hours, the tides of the Outer Cape 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. Come get you feet wet and discover the secret world of tidal flats with a PCCS naturalist. Meet at the West End Breakwater, Provincetown Inn. $3 for non-members, members free. All ages welcome. No reservations necessary.

Naturalist Kayak Tours

See Provincetown how it is meant to be seen, from the water. Join a PCCS naturalist for a watery tour of Provincetown Harbor. 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 the very end of Cape Cod, Long Point, or paddle alongside the West End Breakwater and see what amazing creatures make it their home. Paddling experience not necessary, but welcome. Must be 15 years or older. Fee applies. Reservations necessary. Call Venture Athletics 508-487-9442.

Province Lands Nature History Bike Tour

Every wonder what that land was in the distance across the sea, or see what you thought was the spout of a whale? Would you like to know what are those old looking buildings out in the dunes, or just curious about the history of the area? Join Gale Force Bikes and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies for a unique experience of a naturalist led bike tour through the Province Lands Dunes. These weekly 10 mile 21/2hr tours take you through the second oldest public lands in the country rich with history, wildlife and beauty. Learn about the flora and fauna of the region, hear stories of the early settlers, and find out what makes this land so unique. Biking experience necessary. Fee applies. Reservations necessary. Call Gale Force Bikes 508-487-4849.

Whale Camp – NEW IN 2013

PCCS is excited to announce two new three-day summer camps for kids ages 8-12 to learn about the wonderful world of whales and the ocean; July 8-10th and August 5-7th 9am-12:30pm. Highlights include the chance to step inside a life size North Atlantic right whale, learn what it’s like to disentangle whales and turtles, be able to identify whales by their distinctive markings, whale art and a culmination whale watch aboard the Dolphin Fleet. Participants will be able to meet scientists and members of PCCS Marine Animal Disentanglement Team. Participation is limited. For more information or to make reservations, contact Marine Education Director Jesse Mechling at 508-487-3623 x 103.

Full Moon Dune Tours

Ever wanted to see the moon rise over Cape Cod’s highest dunes? Want to know how those dunes got there, and what those shacks are out there in the dunes? Join PCCS naturalists for a full moon walk and dune exploration. Must be able to walk 3 miles in soft sand. Suggested donation $5. Reservations necessary. Snail Rd.

Please view our calendar on the homepage for event dates and times.

For more information, please contact Jesse Mechling at 508-487-3623 ext 103 or email