Dedicated to the principles of preservation, protection, and stewardship

“The seashore is a sort of neutral ground, a most advantageous point from which to contemplate the world.” - Thoreau’s Cape Cod, Henry David Thoreau

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Our Mission

Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore is the not-for-profit fundraising partner of the Cape Cod National Seashore; a partnership established in 1987 to help preserve, protect and enhance the fragile environment and unique cultural heritage of the Park.


Our Impact

Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore provides vital financial support and volunteer labor for Cape Cod National Seashore, one of the top 25 most visited parks in the National Park System. With over 43,000 acres in the towns of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro & Provincetown, Cape Cod National Seashore includes nearly 40 miles of pristine coastline along the Atlantic-facing eastern shore of Cape Cod, along with  many critical environments and historic features. 



Recreational visitors

Ranked #22 for visits out of all national park units placing substantial demands on resources and facilities. *Based on 2017 public use figures.



Since 2000, we’ve raised funds for park projects within the Cape Cod National Seashore that need support.

12,000 HRS

volunteer service

Since 2010, we’ve provided the Cape Cod National Seashore with over 12,000 hours of volunteer services.


The “Top 10”

Since 2010, Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore has funded and supported these substantial projects and events for Cape Cod National Seashore:


• On the way to $75,000 earmarked for repair of the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail in Wellfleet

• $20,000 raised for critical improvements to maintain the health of freshwater ponds in Wellfleet, Truro & Provincetown including improved access

• $25,000 raised to support the renovation of Red Maple Swamp Trail in Eastham, was used to purchase a skid-steer loader, valuable to numerous projects within the park 

• Co-sponsorship for the popular, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra summer concert at Salt Pond Visitor Center

• Financial sponsorship of the annual Science Symposium 

• Funded five new wayside exhibits for the Province Lands Bicycle Trail

• Provided financial support for painting and grounds improvements at the Captain Edward Penniman House

• Funded interior furnishings for the refurbished Old Harbor Life-Saving Station in Provincetown

• $25,000 provided funds to keep Province Lands Visitor Center open during the 2013 Federal budget sequestration, maintaining levels of service for interpretive programs.  

• More than ten years of sponsorship of the popular winter film series at Salt Pond Visitor Center


Get Involved.

The greatest benefit you receive from your membership is the knowledge and satisfaction of making a real difference in assuring the present and future status of the beautiful natural treasure that is the Cape Cod National Seashore.



By becoming a member, you can help FCCNS complete much needed projects of restoration and improvement to our environment.


Your donations help FCCNS complete crucial projects needed in order to help maintain and preserve the National Seashore.


By volunteering with FCCNS, your contribution can help make a difference on our impact on the Cape Cod National Seashore.