Images from Friends Whale Watch Trip

The Friends had a beautiful spring day for their whale watching trip on the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown harbor. Thanks to Bob Smith for taking these great photos!

Be sure to save the date for the Friends fall trip: Boston harbor ferry to Fort Warren, George’s Island, Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Details and reservation info TBA.

Elaine Allard, Claire O’Connor Rice, Myles and Sue Marcus enjoy the day


Potting Day for Native Plants

Potting Day took place May 1 when the Friends gathered under the big tent to repot native plant seedlings for the upcoming plant sale.  Eighteen ladies (yes, all ladies) pitched in and potted up around 1200 seedlings in 3 hours. These plants will be available for purchase at the Friends’ Annual Plant Sale and Native Plant Marketplace, Saturday June 2,  9:00-2:00. Click here for more info.

Front row, l-r: Nancy Wigley, Alice Berry, Pam Turnbull, Shirley Vautin, Betty Pickering. Back row: Ann Harris, Kristin Andres, Helen Gigley, Carol Lucibella, Nancy Hipp, Jan Evans, Lois Katanik, Connie Maney, Kathy Budreski, Alison Rilling, Ellie Johnson, Judy Brister (?), Dee Anson

Connie Maney and Kathy Budreski


Lois Katanik and Dee Anson


GFL Lecture Series Concludes

In Mike Bald’s lecture on invasive species, he emphasized the ongoing nature of eradicating unwanted invasives. Being a good steward, he reminded us, means being present on the land.

This was the final presentation in the Gardening For Life 2018 speaker series.
The annual Friends Plant Sale and Native Plant Marketplace on June 2 will give attendees a chance to use what they’ve learned!

Friends Spring Trip: Whale Watch Cruise

The Friends of CCMNH spring trip will take place on Tuesday May 22, 2018 with a whale watch cruise aboard the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown. Cost is $54 per person and includes cruise and lunch at Napi’s in Provincetown.

Click here for details. Deadline for reservations is May 11 so if you are interested in going you should call the museum now at 508-896-3867 x133.


Everyone is at the GFL Lecture Series

A Companion Dog apparently wasn’t too interested in Kathleen Connolly’ s talk,  “Grow Your Own Meadow, Large or Small,” the third lecture in the 2018 Gardening for Life speaker series. But everyone else was! A capacity crowd filled the CCMNH auditorium.

The final talk of the series will be on April 29 at 1:00pm when Mike Bald will present “Weeds & Invasive Species: What You Can Do.”

Click here to buy tickets online.



April Meeting: Adventures on the Outer Cape

Mark McGrath will present “Adventures on the Outer Cape” on Tuesday, March 10 in the CCMNH auditorium. There will be a potluck lunch at 12:30 with the program beginning about 1:30.

In their seventies Mark and his wife Patti walked the entire perimeter of Cape Cod, walking only on the beach and swimming across all the rivers. He will discuss the challenges, beauty, solitude and ultimate satisfaction of the year-long adventure.

Highlights will include a walk and swim across Pleasant Bay, sleeping in dune shacks, a lighthouse, and on Pleasant Bay islands in a bivvy bag. Winter, hiking, sunsets, parties and a few oddball and humorous stories will show that the outer Cape is a fantastic place for adventures.

Mark and Patti McGrath grew up in the Boston area, lived their child rearing and job lives in Hartford and retired to Harwich 18 years ago. Mark has been a co-leader of the Eastham Hiking Club for the last 7 years. He is a member of the Viewfinders Camera Club and Chatham-Harwich Newcomers, He enjoys hiking, kayaking, golf, skiing, skating and photography.


GFL Lecture Series Continues

More than 100 people came to hear Dan Jaffe discuss Native Plants for New England Gardens on March 11, the first lecture in the 2018 Gardening For Life Speaker Series at CCMNH.

Dan’s talk was followed by a Q&A, and then listeners lined up to buy copies of the latest book from the New England Wild Flower Society, Native Plants for New England Gardens, with text and photos by Dan Jaffe and Mark Richardson.

The GFL Lecture Series continues Sunday April 8 at 1:00 when Kathleen Groll Connolly presents Grow  Your Own Meadow, Large or Small.

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March Meeting: Birdwatching for Beginners

Gretchen Moran Towers will present “Birdwatching for Beginners” on Tuesday, March 13, at 1:30, at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.

Gretchen Moran Towers, the Museum’s own “Bird Nerd,” will show us some basic skills for identifying birds through sight and sound. Following the presentation, we’re invited to venture outdoors to view the birds  in their natural habitat and practice the methods we’ve just learned.

The program is part of the monthly meeting of the Friends of CCMNH. It is preceded by a potluck lunch at 12:30, followed by a brief Friends business meeting at 1:15.  “Birdwatching for Beginners” will begin at 1:30.

The public is welcome at all or part of the meeting. There is no charge.
For more information call the Museum at 508-896-3867.


Gardening for Life Lecture Series begins March 11

Gardening for Life Lecture Series tickets available online now!
Click here to purchase discount tickets for the entire 4 lecture series ($45.)
(Individual tickets only available after March 11)

Click on titles below to view summaries of 2018 lectures.

Native Plants for New England Gardens with Dan Jaffe
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The Pollinator-Friendly Landscape: Beyond Plant Selection with Dr. Annie White
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Grow Your Own Meadow, Large or Small with Kathleen Groll Connolly
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Weeds & Invasive Species: What You Can Do with Mike Bald
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