Public Programs

For details about these and other programs, contact Jesse Mechling at 508-487-3623 x 114 or email jmechling@coastalstudies.org.

The Story of Spinnaker
Learn about the life and death of the humpback whale named Spinnaker, whose skeleton is on display at the Center for Coastal Studies at 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown. Knowledgeable docents will explain how she lived, died, and finally came to rest at the Center. Spinnaker’s story highlights the strength of collaborative research and response efforts and is a remarkably detailed example of the life of whales in the modern world. View our Events Calendar for open hours.

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.  CCS is leading an effort on Cape Cod to identify and create a picture of local seal population movements and behavior.  CCS will offer naturalist led seal walks for groups and individuals to seal haul out sites located on the outer beaches of Cape Cod. View our Events Calendar for times and locations.

Summer Lecture Series
Join CCS education director Jesse Mechling at Province Lands Visit Center every Thursday thoughout July and August for a discussion on various aspects of the Cape’s marine environment. Free, no reservations required. View our Events Calendar for times and locations.

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. 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 ½-2 miles. View our Events Calendar for times and locations.

Contact Us

Entanglement Hotline: (800) 900-3622
ccs@coastalstudies.org
(508) 487-3622
5 Holway Avenue
Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-3623

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