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Don's Outer Cape Calendar for March 18

A list of nature, history, and other events of that sort on the Outer Cape for the week of March 18:

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 Join the Orleans Conservation Trust for a walk (rescheduled from last week) for a hike through the Mill Pond Valley Conservation Area from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at 13 Champlain Road, Orleans, and learn all about historic stone walls, a vernal pool, and a coastal plain pond that is a hot spot for observing migrating water fowl.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Weather permitting (in other words, no rain or accumulating snow), the Eastham Hiking Club is scheduled to take its weekly walk at 9 a.m. This week’s destination wanders through Herring Cove, Hatches Harbor, and Snake Hill in Provincetown. Join walk leader Chuck Thompson on this two-hour and 15-minute hike to Hatches Harbor and Race Point Lighthouse (where you may see whales), then return over Snake Hill.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 Cape Cod history writer Don Wilding (yeah, the guy who runs this site) takes a journey back to a century ago, when shipwrecks and rum running were common on the Outer Cape, during his “Shipwrecks and Rum Runners of Cape Cod” program at Thirwood Place, 237 North Main St. in South Yarmouth, at 2 p.m. Shipwrecks from the 1800s through the mid-20th century will be in focus, as well as how Prohibition, a.k.a. “The Noble Experiment,” played out on the Outer Cape. RSVP at 508-398-8006.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Learn all about the Cape’s great white sharks from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy at this Dennis Conservation Trust program at the Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall St. in Dennis Port, at 10 a.m. Topics will include ongoing research projects funded by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, how that research is impacting conservation and public safety efforts, and up to date information on what that research can teach us about the sharks. $5 admission, free for DCT members. RSVP by email at

Meet local farmers from around Cape Cod and learn more about locally grown products when the Harwich Conservation Trust hosts the ninth annual “Meet Your Local Farmers” event. It’s all in the gym at the Harwich Community Center, 100 Oak St. in Harwich, from noon to 3 p.m.


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