Friends Trip to Mass Maritime Academy

Some spaces still available for the
Buzzards Bay
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
8:30am – 2:30pm

Meet at CCMNH at 8:30 a.m. on October 8
Car pool to MMA in Buzzards Bay
Tour starts at 9:30
Complimentary luncheon in cafeteria
Continue tour including training ship simulator
Depart MMA BY 2:30
(Parking is limited so please car pool)

Limited to 30 people. No charge!
Reserve a spot by calling the Museum office 508-896-3867 ext 133


Potting Day 2019

On a brisk April morning 20 ladies AND A MAN gathered to pot up 18 species of native plant seedlings. These seedlings will be available for purchase at the Friends Plant Sale and Native Plant Marketplace on Saturday June 1 at the museum. With all the help, potting was completed in less than 3 hours!

Donated plants are still needed for the Plant Sale! They may be left at the back entrance to the museum (the Lyn Peabody Wildflower Garden entrance) at any time before June 1. PLEASE BE SURE TO LABEL YOUR PLANTS! To help at the Plant Sale, contact fccmnh@gmail.com.

Native Seedlings in their new pots, ready to grow!
Lois Katanik, Marie Corcoran & Nancy Hipp dig in to get seedlings potted.
Friends president Alison Rilling and sister Pam Turnbull get their hands dirty.
Volunteers Jean Smith & Dee Anson help out.
Jan Evans checking some seedlings in their new pots.
See you at the Plant Sale and Native Plant Marketplace Saturday June 1!

Friends Spring Trip: Pirates!

The Friends’ Field Trip to the Wydah Museum on Wednesday, May 15,
has been cancelled.

Our apologies to those who signed up.

CCMNH Field Trip to

The Wydah Museum
674 Route 28, West Yarmouth 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Join the Friends of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on an archaeological exploration of the artifacts of the pirate ship Wydah, which was destroyed off the coast of Wellfleet by a fierce nor’easter in 1717.

144 pirates and their captives were lost. The ship remained buried in the sand for more than two centuries, until Barry Clifford, an explorer and underwater archaeologist, located the wreck in 1984. Much of the treasure and artifacts, valued at over 400 million dollars, has been recovered by Clifford’s divers over several years and is on display in the museum.  None of the treasure has been sold.

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Our group will be met by a resident marine biologist at 10:00 a.m.to provide us with an overview of the collection and answer questions.

Afterwards we will have lunch at Captain Parker’s Pub, 668 Route 28, West Yarmouth, a short drive away.

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*Car pool or drive yourself and arrive at Wydah Museum, 
674 Route 28, West Yarmouth, at 10:00 A.m.

*Group Admissions Cost Is $11.00 per Person. 
Reserve your place by calling the CCMNH office at 508-896-3867 x133. 
Use a credit card or send a check made out to CCMNH.

*Captain Parker’s will provide separate checks for lunch. 

Wait till you taste the clam chowder!

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April Meeting: Cape Cod Viewfinders

Cape Cod Viewfinders Presentation

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Potluck & Program Meeting in the Auditorium
Potluck 12:30
Friends Update 1:15
Program 1:30

John Ward and other master photographers will present around 50 images taken by their members and explain how they were made.

The Cape Cod Viewfinders club, a member of the Photographic Society of America and the New England Camera Club Council, celebrated its 60th anniversary last year and currently have over 100 members. Photographers of every skill level from the newest beginners to the most advanced amateurs and professionals are welcome to participate for the improvement and enjoyment of photography. Members have in-depth lectures, competitions, field trips, slide shows, critique nights, exhibits and hands-on learning sessions. Meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of the month from September to May at Brooks library in Harwich Center.

Potluck Assignments (by first letter of last name)
A-F: Main Entree
G-P: Dessert
Q-Z: Appetizer or Salad


March Meeting: Pruning with Confidence

Pruning with Confidence
with Will Clarke

Tuesday March 12, 2019

Potluck & Program Meeting in the Auditorium
Potluck 12:30
Friends Update 1:15
Program 1:30 – 2:30pm
Program is free. Museum exhibits are not open.

Will has been an active member of the Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod since 1988 when he left a career in Marine Science to start Perennial Solutions a landscape gardening business. He is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist and a long-time member of the Ecological Landscaping Alliance.

Late Winter to Early Spring Is Time to Do Most Pruning

By learning a few basic techniques, how plants grow, and, most importantly, why you’re pruning, you can approach any pruning job with confidence. You may want to maintain a plant at a certain size or shape. You may want to remove dead, weak, damaged, diseased or insect-infested wood.

Just before spring growth begins is an excellent time to prune summer-flowering plants. They’ll form flower buds on the new growth that pops out in early spring.

For spring-flowering plants such as azaleas or rhododendron, wait until they finish blooming so long-awaited flowers that have formed on last year’s growth can bloom.

The Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod is part of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, which was enacted by Congress in 1914 to provide the public with education, information, and practical applications of new research through the Land Grant Universities (of which UMass is one.) It is supported by your county, state and federal funds.

Pruning with Confidence!
Will Clarke, Master Gardener and Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist

Potluck Assignments (by first letter of last name)
A-F: Dessert
G-P: Appetizer or Salad
Q-Z: Main Entree


February Meeting: Sharks!

with Marianne Long

Tuesday February 12, 2019
1:30pm – 2:30pm
in the Auditorium
Program is free. Museum exhibits are not open.                       

Marianne works as the Education Director for the Atlantic White Shark. Marianne studied marine science at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where she worked with sharks in their natural habitat. Seeing first-hand how misunderstood these animals are led her to work in a career where she could try to replace fear with facts. 

Great white sharks in Cape Cod waters! What do we need to know to live with these fascinating fish? What has research taught us?  In this multi-media presentation, Marianne Long will discuss the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s ongoing research projects, and what effects that research is having on conservation and public safety.

Marianne Long

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) is a nonprofit organization supporting scientific research, educating the community, and improving public safety. AWSC strives to increase knowledge of Atlantic white sharks to change public perception, and conserve the species and ensure biologically diverse marine ecosystems.
Join us for the potluck!

A-F: Appetizer, salad or side
G-P: Main dish
Q-Z: Dessert

All are welcome!

Potluck Luncheon: 12:30
Friends Update: 1:15
Program:  1:30


2018 CCMNH Holiday Party

About the Chorus:
The Nauset Regional High School Honors Chorus, directed by Tom Faris, has a longstanding reputation for musical excellence.  As Nauset High School’s most active performing group, this group has many performances scheduled throughout the year.  The Honors Chorus is a select, auditioned group and students in this group range in age from fourteen to eighteen years old.  Many current members are planning to continue their music education after graduating from Nauset in fields such as music therapy, musical theater, music performance and music education.
This group has been awarded top honors in national music festivals; most recently: Atlanta Georgia, Montreal Quebec, and, in 2016, a performance tour of Ireland.  It was at the invitation of State Senator Julian Cyr that our vocal music department was requested to perform at the State House in Boston last December. This ensemble specializes in a cappella music from many eras; from Renaissance to pop. Next year, we hope to travel to Rome on our second international tour of the decade.