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    The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies mission is to conduct educational activities and provide educational resources that encourage the responsible use and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems.  PCCS scientific expertise ranges from marine mammals, including whales, seals and their habitats, to geology and land-sea interactions, to water quality monitoring and habitat restoration.  PCCS education program seeks to work with local and visiting schools on developing meaningful watershed experiences for a variety of age groups. 

    Programs Offered

    Meet Delilah

    Step inside Delilah, an inflatable, life-sized North Atlantic Right Whale, and learn all about these rare and amazing animals. This 45 minute program is appropriate for all grade levels and is a great introduction before a whale watch.

    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.  If you don't have time or weather is not conducive for a boat based whale watch, PCCS staff will lead guided walks to watch for whales as they feed in the surrounding waters, often only a few hundred feet from shore. 1hr-1 1/2hr

    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 led seal walks for groups, to seal haul out sights located on the outer beaches of Cape Cod. 1hr-1 1/2hr

    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. 1hr-1 1/2hr

    Wave Shed

    Cape Cod is one of the most geologically dynamic places in the world.  Beaches erode and are built up on a daily basis.  Join PCCS at their "wave shed" and learn about the geology of the Cape and how scientists at PCCS are using waves to study longshore sediment transport and other important geologically processes. 45 min

    Pre Whale Watch Lecture

    PCCS has been studying whales around Cape Cod for 36 years.  Learn about what we know, and don't know about these magnificent animals and behavior that you might see on your whale watch. 1hr

    Marine Animal Disentanglement Lecture

    PCCS was also the first organization in the world to disentangle a large whale caught in fishing gear.  Learn about our disentanglement program and how PCCS has saved over 150 large whales and over 60 turtles from entanglements since 1984. 1hr

    Water Quality Testing

    Hands-on activity using water quality monitoring equipment to measure different abiotic factors of the marine environment including: temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity.  Students will be able to test and record their information, while taking observations at the field site. 1hr-1 1/2 hr

    Service Project Beach Cleanup

    Join PCCS for a beach cleanup at local area beaches.  Marine debris is a serious problem facing our oceans and coasts. It degrades coastal and marine vistas, harms wildlife, introduces toxins and chemicals into our water, destroys habitats and can directly affect human health. Program includes a few games to understand the issue of marine debris. 1hr-1 1/2hr

    For more information, to schedule a field experience and/or to begin development of an in-class program, please contact:

    Jesse Mechling
    Marine Education Director
    508-487-3623 x 103




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