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Sandy Neck Beach Park Hikes and Events Schedule

 

 2024 Sandy Neck Nature Hikes and Events

 

Spring Beach Clean-up: Saturday, April 6, 9 am - noon

Join the Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association for this yearly event.  Activities include trash pick-up, dune fence installation and more!  Meet at the Sandy Neck lower parking lot and spend the morning giving back to your favorite beach. For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300.

Signs of Spring on Sandy Neck:   Tuesday, April 16, 10 amnoon  

Sandy Neck awakens in April as Ospreys return to rebuild their bulky stick nests atop poles. Endangered Piping Plovers scour the vast beach for the ideal spot to scratch their simple nests. Rare Spadefoot Toads rush to breed in ephemeral pools in the dunes. Join a Sandy Neck Ranger and Mass Audubon’s David Shapiro as your guides through this spectacular landscape. Programs are $14 for members and $18 for non-members. Pre-registration required. For more information, call Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475 or online www.massaudubon.org/longpasture

ORV Operation 101 for Women:  Thursday, April 18, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Do you want to be able to take your vehicle off-road, but are unsure where to start? Join Sandy Neck Beach Park Staff to learn the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) basics. Staff will teach you how to air down and up your vehicle, what your equipment is for and how to use it and answer your off-roading questions. This event is for women only (taught by women) and is free, pre-registration is required. To register, please email the Sandy Neck Gatehouse at sandyneck@town.barnstable.ma.us.

* We will also be offering ORV Operation 101 for Beginners, open to everyone in June.

Sandy Neck Spring Flora & Fauna Hike:   Wednesday, May 15, 10 am - noon  

Hike 1.5-miles through Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier beach flora and fauna with Barnstable Land Trust and Sandy Neck Park Staff. You’ll learn about ongoing efforts to protect and restore these and other sensitive natural communities. Wear sturdy hiking boots to walk over sand and uneven terrain.  For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300 or visit the web site www.blt.org This hike is free.

In Search of Diamondback Terrapins on Sandy Neck:   Thursday, June 13, 10 am – noon 

In summer, rare Diamondback Terrapins emerge from the Great Marsh to lay their eggs in the dunes of Sandy Neck.  Join a Sandy Neck Ranger and Mass Audubon’s David Shapiro as we search for signs of nests and tracks of these amazing and mysterious turtles. Learn about the headstart program helping the tiny terrapins. Programs are $14 for members and $18 for non-members. Pre-registration required. For more information, call Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475 or online www.massaudubon.org/longpasture
Sandy Neck Plover Walk
:   Tuesday, June 18, 10 am – noon  

Discover hidden Piping Plover nests along the front beach with Barnstable Land Trust and Sandy Neck Park staff on a one-mile hike through the dunes of Sandy Neck.  Explore barrier beach ecology. Learn about the Piping Plover’s life-cycle and conservation measures being taken to protect these endangered shorebirds.  Wear hiking boots for sand/uneven terrain.  For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300 or visit the web site www.blt.org  This hike is free.

Sandy Neck Summer Flora & Fauna Hike:   Tuesday, June 25, 10 am - noon

Hike 1.5-miles through Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier beach flora and fauna with Barnstable Land Trust and Sandy Neck Park Staff. You’ll learn about ongoing efforts to protect and restore these and other sensitive natural communities. Wear sturdy hiking boots to walk over sand and uneven terrain.  For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300 or visit www.blt.org . This hike is free.

ORV Operation 101 for Beginners:  Thursday, June 27, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Do you want to be able to take your vehicle off-road, but are unsure where to start? Join Sandy Neck Beach Park Staff to learn the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) basics. Staff will teach you how to air down and up your vehicle, what your equipment is for and how to use it and answer your off-roading questions. This event is free, pre-registration is required. To register, please email the Sandy Neck Gatehouse at sandyneck@town.barnstable.ma.us.

Sandy Neck Junior Ranger Program: Five Wednesdays, 9:30 am – noon, from July 10 – August 7,

 Ages 9-13

Come explore the Sandy Neck barrier beach ecosystem as a Jr. Ranger.  Jr. Rangers will earn their badge by participating in outdoor hikes, identifying local plants and animals including endangered species, learning how to rescue marine mammals such as dolphins and seals, and most of all having fun.  Junior Rangers must be able to attend four out of five sessions to be eligible for the program.  Space is limited to ten however more sessions may be added if needed.  $65 for each Jr. Ranger.  For more information on enrollment call the Barnstable Recreation Department 508-790-6345.

Hiking for Terrapin Hatchlings on Sandy Neck, Wednesday, September 4, 10 am – noon

This fall we will be searching Sandy Neck for tiny tracks of hatchling terrapins with a Sandy Neck Ranger and Mass Audubon’s David Shapiro as these quarter-sized newborns make the treacherous journey from their sandy dune nests to the safety of the Barnstable Great Marsh.  Programs are $14 for members and $18 for non-members. Pre-registration required. For more information, call Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475 or online www.massaudubon.org/longpasture

Sandy Neck Fall Migration Hike: Wednesday, September 11, 10 am – noon. 

Sandy Neck is a popular resting place for many migratory species on their way south along the east coast. The forested areas along the trails are made of a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees packed with high-energy food for the traveling birds.  Additionally, many migrating birds linger on Sandy Neck shores, delaying their flights south for as long as possible. These birds tend to concentrate near their favorite food source before continuing on their journey. Join us for a migration hike as we welcome fall and the migratory birds that are leaving, returning, or just passing through. For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300 or visit www.blt.org. This hike is free. 

Coast Sweep 2024:   Sunday, September 15, 9 am - noon  

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and coordinated by the Urban Harbors Institute, thousands of COASTSWEEP volunteers remove debris that would otherwise pollute our oceans, beaches, lakes, and rivers. Participants collect bag after bag of trash and debris, and record their findings onto data cards.  The data is sent to the Ocean Conservancy and entered into a massive marine debris database. This information is then analyzed and used to identify the sources of marine debris, which helps to prevent the problem in the future. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Donna Bragg at Sandy Neck Gatehouse at 508-362-8300 or email us at sandyneck@town.barnstable.ma.us

 

 

West Barnstable Trunk or Treat 2024:   October 26th, 3 pm – 5 pm (rain date October 27th)    

 

Join Sandy Neck Beach Park staff and West Barnstable Fire Department for an afternoon of Touch-a-Truck/Trunk or Treat fun! This event will take place in the lower parking lot at Sandy Neck Beach, don’t forget to wear a costume and remember parking may be limited. For more information call the Gatehouse: 508-362-8300. This is a free event.  

 

All Sandy Neck hikes are considered strenuous in difficulty.

 

 

Sandy Neck Beach Park
425 Sandy Neck Road
W. Barnstable, Ma 02668
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Gatehouse: 508-362-8300
MEA Office: 508-790-6272

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