Summer Wednesday Nights on the Cape Cod Canal

27 Jun Summer Wednesday Nights on the Cape Cod Canal


The Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center hosts Wednesday evening programs all summer at 7 pm on Wednesdays.

Admission is free and no registration required.

The center is on Moffitt Drive in Sandwich. For more information, call 508-833-9678 or visit the center website at    




July 5     

Engineering the Path to Victory: The US Army Corps of Engineers & the Cape Cod Canal’s Involvement in World War I

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States involvement in WWI. As some of the first U.S. troops sent overseas, the US Army Corps of Engineers had a profound impact on the United States accomplishments in this world changing conflict. It wasn’t just overseas. The war also hit close to home when German U-boats threatened shipping in the region. Join Park Ranger Andrew Fino to explore the Corps’ role globally and the impacts felt and efforts made locally.


July 12        

Family Fishing Night

Do you have a budding fisherman in the family? Bring them to the Canal Visitor Center to learn what it takes to ‘fish the ditch’. Join Canal Park Rangers & Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Staff for a family friendly evening learning about the different fish species in the Canal, fishing gear, techniques & the proper ethics of fishing. Poles & bait will be supplied for children under 16 years old.


July 19      

Women at Sea        

During the great age of sail, hundreds of women accompanied their seafaring husbands on voyages that took them around the globe. In their journeys, they faced storms, pirates, shipwrecks, seasickness, and loneliness so far from home, family, and friends. They also met with great adventure. Based on the journals and letters of these remarkable ladies, you will hear about the experiences of local women who braved the ocean. Theirs is a proud and often overlooked chapter in Cape Cod’s seafaring history. Presented by local author and historian Jim Coogan.


July 26    

Ghost Dives

What happens when lobster traps are left behind? They keep fishing… ‘ghost’ fishing, plaguing marine life. Learn about an ongoing natural resource management program to remove derelict lobster traps from the land cut of the Canal. Co-presented by the Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer and Canal Park Ranger leading the multi-agency ghost lobster trap remediation efforts.


August 2     

Touch Tank of Marine Life

Lobsters, crabs, sea stars & more. Get up close & personal with this hands-on experience with live marine critters!  Discover fascinating facts about various local marine animals living in the waters around Cape Cod. Great for all ages! Presented by Park Ranger Samantha Gray


August 9    

 Marine Debris: It’s on Your Plate

More than 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped every year into the ocean. This includes 650,000 plastic bottles a day and 100,000 miles of fishing line a year. Americans alone use more than 100 billion plastic bags a year. What is the environmental impact of this debris as it comes into contact with marine life from plankton to whales? Ann LeBlanc (US Army Corps of Engineers) and Gil Newton (author and educator) will explain the problem and discuss many solutions on how each of us can have a positive impact in protecting the world ocean. They will review the sources of marine debris and methods of controlling this form of marine contamination.


August 16   

A Diary of a More Confident Beekeeper

Join Park Rangers Elisa Carey & Samantha Gray as they share the laughs, tears and stings they have experienced as second year beekeepers. Follow their journey to make the Canal and their homes a more pollinator friendly environment. Learn about what plants they have in their gardens, get updates on the hives, and look at new scientific research being done.


August 23  

What’s a Hurricane Barrier?

These structures were built to prevent devastating tidal flooding associated with hurricanes and coastal storms in New England.  US Army Corps of Engineers Cape Cod Canal employees play a leading role in operating the hurricane barriers in New Bedford, MA and Providence, RI to keep the surrounding communities safe from storm surge. Join Deputy Canal Manager John MacPherson for a closer look at their history, their unique designs, as well as how and when they operate.


August 30    

Illuminating the Past, Present and Future

As lead electrician for the New England District, US Army Corps of Engineers Master Electrician, Richard Patterson will give a presentation on the past, present and future of lighting along the Cape Cod Canal. He will talk in depth on the environmental and economic impacts of different types of lighting and share examples of how the lighting has changed over the past 80+ years.






Admission: Free, no registration required.


Location: Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center 60 Ed Moffitt Drive in Sandwich, MA.



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