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2017 Current Events

Harvesting Raindrops ~ Rain Barrels for Cape Cod

After last year’s drought, doesn’t a RAIN BARREL sound like a good idea?

The 55gallon rain barrels we are offering are repurposed food barrels. They come preassembled in your choice of black, gray, terracotta or blue. Cost: $79ea. Proceeds to benefit APCC! Learn more...

Tuesday, March 28th, 10 AM - 12 PM - Bring in Spring: Dennis Nature Walk, sponsored by APCC & DCT:

Let’s welcome Spring with a nature walk guided by APCC and Katherine Garofoli, from 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.

Limited to 24 participants ~ Registration Required

Parking location details provided with registration.

Walk is easy to moderate. Dress appropriately for the weather, ticks and poison ivy.

Thursday, March 30th, 10 AM - 12 PM - Let’s Build a Garden

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. This event will feature expert advice from Dave Scandurra, owner of Edible Landscapes, whose motto is “have your yard and eat it too!”

  • Learn how and why to construct a raised bed
  • Repurposed materials make a raised bed affordable
  • Repurposing for the garden can be fun and creative!

Limited to 12 participants ~ Registration Required

Sunday, April 2nd, 1 PM– Bird-friendly Gardens with Nanette Masi


Does your landscape offer a “must-visit” invitation to your feathered friends? What are the secrets to transforming your yard into a bird buffet while at the same time enhancing the beauty of your landscape? Discover how you can brighten your gardens with a variety of colorful birds and surround yourself with their music by using ornamental native plants.

Native plants have evolved along with our local songbirds over eons. They’re well-adapted to our soil and weather conditions, making them the perfect choice for inviting birds into your backyard. We can add year-round beauty to our gardens while providing the best nutrition and cover local birds need to survive and thrive in New England.

Nanette Masi, M.Ed., shares her love of nature, photography, & education through her landscape design firm ‘Back to Nature.’ Her mission is to help people re-connect to the natural world, to enjoy the rewards of bird- & butterfly-watching, and to learn organic methods of gardening for their own health and the health of their community. With degrees in Botany, Ecology, & Science Education, certification as an organic landscape professional through NOFA, & years of organic gardening and design experience, she has been a guiding force in the creation of wildlife habitat gardens throughout the region, as well as a resource for schools, towns, conservation organizations & gardening associations.

Growing a Greener Cape Cod ~ find your inspiration at Cape Abilities Farm!

Talks are free. Come learn, come shop!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2-2:30 PM – “How to Install a Rain Garden” with Kristin Andres, APCC Director of Education & Outreach

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2-2:30 PM – “Using Colorful Native Plants for Easy-Care, Pollinator-Friendly Gardens” with Michael Talbot of Talbot Ecological Land Care

Tuesday, June 6th, 2-2:30 PM – “Bringing Magic to Your Garden - Designing with Native Plants” with Angela Tanner of Jenick Studio

Presented by APCC at Cape Abilities Farm, 458 Main St (Rt 6A) Dennis

Sunday, April 9th, 1 PM- Attractive, Nature-friendly Native Plants for the Cape Cod Landscape, Michael Talbot, Co-owner, Environmental Landscape Consultants


An important part of designing and creating attractive gardens and landscapes more in harmony with the Cape’s fragile ecology is the increased use of native plants. 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. A diverse array of native plants provides multiple seasons of beauty and many other benefits to us. Michael will show examples of many specific native plants appropriate to the Cape and Islands—including plants available at local nurseries; and he will be available to answer your questions.

Michael Talbot has pioneered the integration of conservation restoration and ecological land care with ornamental landscape design and management for more than three decades, including the appropriate use of native plants and plant communities in the modern American landscape. Michael is the principal consultant for Environmental Landscape Consultants LLC, based in Mashpee, providing design and other services throughout New England and the northeast. He is also co-owner of Talbot Ecological Land Care, a Cape Cod company that specializes in conservation and landscape restoration, invasive plant management and environmentally-friendly tree, shrub and lawn care services. Michael is a certified arborist, Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist, landscape designer, restoration ecologist, educator and author. He has lectured on this and related topics from the University of Maine to Washington D.C. He was vice-chair of the Mashpee Conservation Commission for many years, and now serves as Chair of Mashpee’s Environmental Oversight Committee. In 2008, Michael received an “Environmental Champion Award” from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod for his decades of work promoting ecological landscaping and organic land care.

Wednesday, April 12th - Monitoring for Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Blooms

Registration Required

Time: 8:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Who should come? Pond Association members, pondshore property owners, municipal staff, water quality or environmental specialists and technicians

Location: Harbor View Room, Barnstable County Complex

This is a Citizen Science Training Workshop - Cyanobacteria Monitoring & BloomWatch Program given by Hilary Snook, (EPA Region-2). Attendees will receive introductory information about monitoring techniques for cyanobacteria that can cause harmful algal blooms (HABS) and in-depth training on the Cyanoscope kit (www.cyanos.org), including how to use the equipment and report their findings.

Sponsored by APCC

Questions, contact Kristin Andres, APCC Director of Education & Outreach, kandres@apcc.org 508.619.3185

Thursday, June 8th - Time to Choose, an APCC film event at Cape Cinema, Dennis Proceeds support APCC


Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in this new film. Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an in-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.

TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences not only comprehending the scope of the climate change crisis, but the solutions already available to fix this global threat. Join us for a discussion relevant to our life here on Cape Cod.

Doors open 6PM. Film at 7 PM (Runtime 97min)

Discussion to follow.

Wednesday, June 21st - Come Along with APCC to Garden in the Woods!


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. If you’ve never been there, you are in for a treat! If you have been there, you want to go back. The garden features native plants and boasts ecological land care practices and design.

Walking tours will be led by a garden docent in groups of about 10 people. Walking is on gentle sloping garden trails. Cart tours can be arranged with advance notice. Rain or Shine.

APCC has chartered a motor coach that will pick up at Harwich commuter lot at exit 10 off Rt 6, and at the Sagamore commuter lot, so that no matter where you are on the Cape you can conveniently join us!

COST: $65 Price includes bus ride, entry into the garden and garden tour.

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Events: Past

Kill Your Lawn

March 26, 2017

Lessons for the garden: What native plants have taught me with Claudia Thompson

March 12, 2017

Waterwise Landscape Designs with Trevor Smith of Land Escapes

March 5, 2017

A History & Nature Walk in Yarmouth

November 18, 2016

APCC Presents: One BIG Home

October 27, 2016

Free Stormwater Workshop

October 13, 2016

A Cape Cod Rain Garden Party

September 15, 2016

APCC 2016 Annual Meeting

August 29, 2016

APCC & Center for Coastal Studies Present a Film Event - Climate Change: Think Globally, Act Locally

August 25, 2016

Hometown Habitat, a film to promote native landscaping, followed by Breakfast by the Sea with filmmaker Catherine Zimmerman

June 16, 2016 - film

June 17, 2016 - Breakfast

Polly Hill Arboretum Tour

June 9, 2016 - field trip

Springtime Herring Exploration at Mashpee River

April 30, 2016