Visitors continue to flock to the Cape Cod National Seashore in 2014

Salt Pond and Province Lands Visitor Centers served 661,922 people this year
The Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham (above) and the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown at the Cape Cod National Seashore served over 650,000 people in 2014. Photo by Jane Booth.

On average more than 4.4 million people visit the Cape Cod National Seashore each year. Most of those people visit the beach, walk the trails and take in the park's natural and cultural beauty. Many also participate in park programs facilitated by CCNS staff and volunteers. 

The Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore recently shared some end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2014) statistics compiled by CCNS staff. According to CCNS, 661,922 people were served at the Salt Pond and Province Lands Visitor Centers. 

There were 377 curriculum-based education programs offered with 8,048 participants. CCNS offered 783 ranger-guided programs including walks, talks, campfires and canoe trips with 13,492 participants. 

A combined 33,589 people climbed Highland (Cape Cod) Lighthouse in Truro and Nauset Lighthouse in North Eastham.

In addition to the Cape Cod National Seashore's full- and part-time staff, 764 volunteers donated 44,734 hours. Of those volunteers, 38 are Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore members. Those FCCNS members donated 1,948 hours. The number of 2014 volunteers was up from 728 in 2013. Volunteer duties run the gamut from monitoring wildlife at the park to trail maintenance and directing visitors at the Salt Pond and Province Lands Visitor Centers. 

In 2013, according to National Park Service (NPS) Visitor Use Statistics, 4,501,898 people visited the Cape Cod National Seashore. NPS has been tracking visitor use across the nation since 1904. CCNS stats begin in 1964 with the opening of the park. That year, 1,849,900 visited. From 1964 to 2013, 222,467,754 people have visited the Cape Cod National Seashore. 


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