Sands from the area's dunes and beaches attempt to edge their way into the Cape's few remaining forests, which in turn produce a dense canopy to deny dune shrubs the full sun they require. The forests stand strong against the coastal winds, protecting interior ponds and cranberry bogs from the encroachment of the dunes, while the dunes, for their part, shelter plovers, frogs and toads.
Just as the town of Provincetown has brought together a variety of cultures over the years – from the Yankees and Portuguese, to artists and gays and lesbians, and the Jamaicans and eastern Europeans that come for work today – so too does the Province Lands of the Cape Cod National Seashore fuse together different land types in interdependence.
At the center of all this ecological diversity stands the Province Lands Visitor Center, which opened for the 2010 season on May 15.
The center offers a variety of resources to support explorations of the surrounding land area.
Dunes, cranberry bogs, tidal flats, salt marshes, forests, and beaches – all these are present and connected.
Beginning mid-May, the center organizes ranger-guided walking tours of Beech Forest, Hatches Harbor and the areas salt marshes and dunes.
In addition, educational exhibits and screens short movies, which examine everything from local plant and animal life to the geologic formation and maritime history of Cape Cod.
Boasting an observation deck that offers a stunning 360-degree view of the Province Lands’ panorama, it is also a great place to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Outer Cape.
For more information about the Province Lands Visitor Center’s tours and programs, call 508.487.1256. The Province Lands Visitor Center is located off Race Point Road in Provincetown. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily starting May 15.