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Anna GannettAll season long, Cape Cod National Seashore park rangers and interpretive experts conduct special guided programs from Salt Pond in Eastham to Race Point in Provincetown.

Please visit http://www.nps.gov/caco/ranger-guided-activities.htm for updated schedules and to learn how to register for these informative and invigorating and/or contemplative programs.

When you come to Cape Cod National Seashore, you may meet Anna Gannett, who is the Healthy Parks, Healthy People ranger liaison this summer, working alongside other rangers and Cape Cod Healthcare clinicians.

A recent college graduate with a degree in sustainable development and environmental studies, Anna was hired specifically to help inaugurate the program, in part because of her experience organizing and participating in triathlons.

“I am the ground person connecting our Healthy Parks, Healthy People participants with the National Seashore rangers and staff,” says Anna. “We have existing programs – especially guided walking tours – that now will be part of this expanded initiative. There not only are walks, but also yoga on the beach programs, canoe and kayak trips and five-mile bike rides.”

Anna will be leading wake-up walks twice a week and travel among the two base camps at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and Beech Forest Trail in Provincetown, working alongside medical staff from Cape Cod Healthcare. Anna also looks forward to participating in walks geared especially to children.
George Price, superintendent of Cape Cod National Seashore, notes that current programs will be enhanced through partnering with medical staff from Cape Cod Healthcare. “We plan to make our walks even more valuable from a cardiovascular standpoint.”

Adds Anna: “Instead of stopping to discuss plants or history, we may stretch or pick up the pace.”

Nam Vets logo“One very special walking initiative will be a partnership with local veterans’ groups,” says Price. “We are working with veteran out-reach groups to insure veterans are aware of this program and feel welcome to participate. We are also exploring specific offerings for veterans which connects people with nature for exercise and over all well-being.”

Here are just a few of the ranger-guided Healthy Parks, Healthy People programs that you can look forward to this summer; for a full schedule of programs, please go online at http://www. nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/healthy-parks-healthy-people.htm

HIKE: WAKE UP AT THE SEASHORE – 2 miles, 2 hours. Free. Join a ranger for a morning walk along a seashore beach. Beat the crowds and enjoy the rising sun and ocean breezes. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Location varies each week.

YOGA ON THE BEACH – 1••• hours. $11. Stretch the body and the spirit in the most serene of settings. Cape Cod National Seashore’s Yoga on the Beach programs are a unique opportunity to join a ranger and certified yoga instructor for an interdisciplinary class geared to all levels. Held in the cool morning air at the edge of the sea, it’s sure to deepen your experience in multiple ways.

HIKE: ROADS LESS TRAVELED – 3 hours, 3 to 6 miles. $6. Wake up early and join a ranger for an energetic hike off the beaten path and into some unique and secluded places. This hike is paced for a cardiovascular workout and may be strenuous. Wear good walking shoes; bring water, sunscreen, a hat, and bug spray.
CANOEING: SALT POND PADDLE – 1••• hours, 1••• miles. $20 per adult, $15 per child 16 and under (minimum age 6). Take a leisurely paddle in the protected waters of Salt Pond and nearby area of Nauset Marsh to explore its beauty and diversity.

BIKE TOUR: The Historic Province Lands Bicycle Trail – 2 hours, 5••• miles. Free. Join a ranger for a group ride along the challenging Province Lands Bicycle Trail, the first bike trail created in a national park. Learn about bicycling safety, enjoy dune and ocean views, and discover the fascinating history of the area. Bring your own bike and helmet (required).

PHOTOGRAPHY WALK: EXPLORING NATURE WITH YOUR CAMERA – 2 to 2••• hours, 2 to 3 miles. Free. Join a ranger to discover remote and visually stunning areas of Cape Cod National Seashore with your camera. Walk includes walking in loose sand, steep climbs and descents, as well as hot temperatures in open sun.

OBSTACLE COURSE: CAPE COD NINJA WARRIOR – 1 hour. Free. In the spirit of the popular television show “American Ninja Warrior,” tackle our Race Point Beach “course.” Run, jump, carry, and problem-solve to best your time. Compare your athletic abilities to those of the U.S. Lifesaving Service (predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard) and the skills of animals that live at the beach.

HIKE: ART IN THE DUNES – 3 hours, 2••• to 3 miles in loose sand. Free. On this long hike into the Province Lands dunes, view firsthand the quality of light, natural environment, and isolation that have long attracted artists and writers to Provincetown. You may meet an artist-in-residence at a dune shack.