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2018 Current Events

February 5th

February 8th

Cleaning Up the Bays Managing Stormwater Pollution

Join the Association to Preserve Cape Cod and its partners: We’re ready to show you what the stormwater projects for Three Bays will look like! We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, February 5th at COTUIT Library, 871 Main St

Snow date: Monday, February 12th

Thursday, February 8th at OSTERVILLE Library, 43 Wianno Ave

Snow date: Tuesday, February 13th

Contact Kristin or April at APCC with any questions. (508) 619-3185 or

February 27th

Get Outside with APCC and Barnstable Land Trust
10am - 12pm

Registration will be available soon.

Come join APCC and the Barnstable Land Trust for a nature walk! We will view kettle ponds, formed by receding glaciers, creating a unique environment. BLT's Land Stewardship Coordinator Will Holden and AmeriCorps member Dylan Davids will lead the walk. Directions provided upon registration, space is limited.

February 27th

Talk and Reception at Harvard

APCC, in collaboration with the Harvard Museum of Natural History, will host “As the Seas Rise, Can We Restore Our Coastal Habitats,” a talk by Dr. Steven Handel, distinguished professor of ecology and evolution at Rutgers University, and visiting professor of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The presentation will take place at Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge. Reception following. Event is free.

March 15th – May 20th

Major Art Exhibit Honoring APCC

Cape Cod Museum of Art exhibition: Preserving the Very Nature of Cape Cod. This special exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art featuring original works by invited local artists is dedicated to APCC’s 50th anniversary and celebrates Cape Cod’s unique and fragile environment.

March 23rd

Cape Cod Beer Event
6:30 – 9pm

Ticket pricing and additional information to be announced.

Join APCC and Cape Cod Beer for the launch of Cape Cod Beer’s monthly special cask release. This event for APCC includes live music by the Cape Cod Fiddlers, great food by Sagamore Beach BBQ, a commemorative APCC anniversary pint glass, and of course, Cape Cod Beer’s new monthly release and its other popular offerings.


Gardening for Life Series 2018

SAVE THE DATES for Gardening for Life series 2018, presented by APCC and Friends of CCMNH
Dates & program information

May 20th

Cape Cod’s Changing Nature

Admission information to be announced.

A talk by Peter Alden, noted bird expert and author, explores changes in the bird and mammal life of Cape Cod landscapes over time. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster.

June 15th

History of Cape Cod’s Tourist Economy

Free admission

Join James O’Connell, Ph.D., author and planner, for an examination of Cape Cod’s evolution to a tourist-based economy and how it forever changed our region. Brewster Ladies Library.

July 19th

Readings by Robert Finch

Admission information to be announced.

Noted Cape Cod author Robert Finch offers selected readings from his works. 1717 Meeting House in West Barnstable.

July 26th

Plastics: A Toxic Love Story

Free admission.

Author and journalist Susan Freinkel talks about her highly acclaimed book, Plastics: A Toxic Love Story, a look at the pervasive role of plastics in our lives. Eastham Public Library.

October 5th – October 29th

Thoreau: Maine to Cape Cod

Look for additional information, including announcements of special APCC events at the Cultural Center during the exhibit.

APCC presents Thoreau: Maine to Cape Cod, an extraordinary month-long exhibit by Scot Miller, noted nature photographer, of his work commemorating and documenting the travels and writings of Henry David Thoreau, at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth.

October 11th

Walden Warming: Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods

Free admission.

Boston University biologist and author, Dr. Richard Primack, discusses his book, Walden Warming: Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods, and his groundbreaking research into the impacts of climate change on the timing of plant leafing and blooming, comparing the meticulous field notes of Henry David Thoreau with modern observations. 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.

Events: Past

December 20

Get Outside with APCC in Falmouth: A guided walk on the site of the Coonamessett River restoration.

December 8

Get Outside with APCC in Orleans: A walk on an ecologically important property owned by the Orleans Conservation Trust.

November 28

Get Outside with APCC in Brewster: A nature walk through a very special conservation property in Brewster, guided by biologist and BCT member Donald Schall.

November 8

Partners of the Three Bays Stormwater Project present:
Cleaning Up Stormwater ~ In Tune with Nature An Overview of Green Infrastructure and Maintenance

November 7

APCC and Cape Cinema present: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
APCC’s environmental film series is with support from a grant from the Cape Cod Five.

October 31

Partners of the Three Bays Stormwater Project present a Stormwater Workshop
Stormwater BMP Maintenance ~ Green Infrastructure Overview - Construction, Inspection, and Maintenance

Fridays Sept-Oct

Eco-Tour of APCC
Tour our Living Landscape Laboratory we've been working on over the past year.

September 27

APCC's 49th Annual Meeting
APCC's annual business meeting, awards ceremony & reception.

September 19

Guided Walk in Chatham with the Chatham Conservation Foundation
A guided walk on land owned by the Chatham Conservation Foundation (CCF), the town's local land trust.

September 6

Join APCC staff on a kayak trip of Muddy Creek, the site of a recent tidal restoration project in Chatham and Harwich. $60 per participant. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

August 29

Cleaning Up the Bays: Priority Sites for Stormwater Treatment
APCC hosted a public meeting to review the results of a stormwater field assessment of the Three Bays watershed.

August 16

Cleaning Up the Bays: Priority Sites for Stormwater Treatment
APCC hosted a public meeting to review the results of a stormwater field assessment of the Three Bays watershed.

August 15

APCC presents "Owners of the Land with Todd Kelley, naturalist and historian; 1717 Meetinghouse, Rt 149, West Barnstable"

August 12

Eco-Tour of APCC
In collaboration with the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA), the Association to Preserve Cape Cod is opening its property for an eco-tour, "Celebrating Natives".

July 29

Compost Workshop
Come to APCC's living landscape laboratory for a workshop on composting! Michael McCluskey of Cape Save will share how composting changed his life and he'll bestow upon us the secrets of successful composting.

June 24

Eco-Tour of APCC
In collaboration with the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA), the Association to Preserve Cape Cod is opening its property for an eco-tour, "Celebrating Natives."

June 21

Garden in the Woods Tour
We’re going to visit a special place, a wonderful garden managed by New England Wildflower Society called Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA.

June 20

Muddy Creek Kayak Tour
APCC staff will lead this kayak tour of the Muddy Creek estuary to discuss the ecological benefits and observe the visible effects of this recently completed tidal restoration project.

June 15

A Rain Garden at Osterville Library
Come learn about rain gardens and help us plant!

June 8

Time to Choose: An APCC Film Event
Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in this new film.

May 17

Bye Bye Lawn
We'll show you how we're reducing our lawn using three ecologically-friendly methods that you can use to reduce your lawn.

May 2, 9 & 16

Freshwater Ponds: The Jewels of Cape Cod
Freshwater ponds of Cape Cod will be the topic of a series of APCC lead talks at Osterville Library.

May 7

Springtime Herring Exploration at the Mashpee River
Learn about the Cape's most famous fish—river herring!

April 26 & 27

Cleaning Up the Bays: Managing Stormwater in the Three Bays
APCC is hosting the public meetings to kick off our restoration project to help clean up the bays.

April 9

Nature-friendly Native Plants for the Cape Cod Landscape with Michael Talbot
Come learn from one of the pioneers and experts of the “Nature-scaping” movement about why, how and what native plants to use in all areas of the landscape.

April 2

Bird-friendly Gardenswith Nanette Masi
Discover how you can brighten your gardens with a variety of colorful birds and surround yourself with their music by using ornamental native plants.

March 30

Let’s Build a Garden
Discover how you can brighten your gardens with a variety of colorful birds and surround yourself with their music by using ornamental native plants.Learn how to plan and construct a unique raised bed for your home garden in our hands-on workshop at APCC's Living Laboratory Landscape.

March 28

Bring in Spring: Dennis Nature Walk
Let's welcome Spring with a nature walk guided by APCC and the Dennis Conservation Trust. During our forest stroll to a picturesque salt marsh we'll identify native and invasive plants, discuss salt marsh ecology, and profile APCC restoration projects.

March 26

Kill Your Lawn
Learn why you should "kill your lawn," and how to replace it with beautiful and environmentally friendly native plantings.

March 12

Lessons for the garden: What native plants have taught me with Claudia Thompson
This program will reaffirm your commitment to the joy and importance of native plants in our managed landscapes, and give you valuable tips for working with them.

March 5

Waterwise Landscape Designs with Trevor Smith of Land Escapes
Water is part of our daily routine and the stuff of mystery. We use it to cook our food, wash our dishes, and brush our teeth, and few of us can stand on the beach and not lose ourselves to watching the breakers roll in.