Environmental Education -The Museum’s Program by Robert Lucas, Educational Assistant

The Cape Naturalist: Vol 1 No 1

June, 1972

Environmental Education -The Museum’s Program

by Robert Lucas, Educational Assistant

Our Environmental Science Program now in its second year, is by no means polished and perfected, but we are proud of our endeavors and we believe that we are making accomplishments in developing an environmental awareness in the young people with whom we work. The program reaches a total of more than 1000 children in attendance at the following elementary schools: Ezra Baker in Dennis, Brewster Elementary, Eastham Elementary, Orleans Elementary, Trinity School of Cape Cod in Yarmouth, Truro Central, and Wellfleet Elementary. We hope to keep you informed of the aims of the program, the principles upon which we are operating, and what we believe have been successes and failures and why.

The term environmental education probably has as many interpretations as there are people who use the words. To some it means nature study, to others it connotes a sophisticated experimental approach to science, and to many it is the instant panacea to our environmental problems. Even the educators currently involved in environmental education would not be in unanimous agreement on a definition of the term, but the majority would probably subscribe to the following: environmental science should be taught outdoors, should involve exploration, and should impart a sense of awareness to the student. The Museum’s program embodies, to varying degrees, the above three principles.

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The Cape Naturalist – Reference List

We want to thank Edna Murphy for the countless hours she volunteered to put together this subject matter reference list of The Cape Naturalist topics:

1.    Reference List

2.    The 1978 tern season. Cape Naturalist. 1978 Winter; 7(3 ):62-63.

3.    The 1979 tern season. Cape Naturalist. 1980 Spring; 8(4 ):76-77.

4.    The 1980 tern season. Cape Naturalist. 1981 Summer; 10(1):22-23.

5.    The 1981 tern season. Cape Naturalist. 1982 Spring; 10(4):78-79.

6.    Barrier island habitats : worlds of constant change. Cape Naturalist. 1994; 22:31-33.

7.    A bunch of trees. Cape Naturalist. 1972 Dec; 1(3):45-47.

8.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered plants : Adder’s tongue  (Ophioglossum vulgatum variety pseudopodum). Cape Naturalist. 1988 Winter-1989 Winter; 17(3):63.

9.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered plants :  broom crowberry. (Corema Conradii Torr.). Cape Naturalist. 1991; 19:63-64.

10.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered plants : golden club   (Orontium aquaticum). Cape Naturalist. 1990 Spring; 18 (3):59.

11.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered plants : sandplain gerardia (Agalinis acuta). Cape Naturalist. 1988 Spring; 16(4):81.

12.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered plants : slender arrowhead (Sagittaria teres). Cape Naturalist. 1989 Winter-1990 Winter; 18(2):47.

13.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered plants : tinker’s weed (Triosteum perfoliatum). Cape Naturalist. 1989 Summer; 18(1):9.

14.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered wildlife : eastern spadefoot. (Scaphiopus h. holbrooki)  ; spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum). Cape Naturalist. 1991; 19:60-62.

15.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered wildlife : gray seal (Halichoerus grypus). Cape Naturalist. 1989 Winter-1990 Winter; 18(2):27.

16.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered wildlife : leatherback turtle. (Dermochelys coriacea). Cape Naturalist. 1990 Spring; 18(3):58.

17.    Cape and islands  rare and endangered wildlife  : :piping plover  (Charadrius melodus). Cape Naturalist. 1988 Spring; 16(4):77.

18.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered wildlife : regal frittillary. (Speyeria idalia). Cape Naturalist. 1989 Summer; 18(1):3.

19.    Cape and Islands rare and endangered wildlife : roseate tern (Sterna dougallii). Cape Naturalist. 1988 Winter-1989 Winter; 17(3):43.

20.    . Cape and Islands rare and endangered wildlife  : water-willow borer (Papaipema sulphurata) . Cape Naturalist. 1988 Summer; 17(1):11.

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Cape Cod Museum Of Natural History

This is the first blog posting from the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. This blog will be used to periodically “reprint” articles from The Cape Naturalist that began publishing in June of 1972. Prior to those postings we’d like to give you an overview of the Museum.

The Museum is located on the Old King’s Highway in Brewster, Massachusetts. The address is 869 Route 6A, Brewster, MA  02631-1032. You can find our Facebook presence here and you can join our ConstantContact list here.

Mission: To inspire appreciation and understanding of our natural environment through discovery and learning by integrating three strands of its organizational identity – as a museum of natural history, nature education center, and steward of conservation land.

  • As a small museum of natural history, we preserve, exhibit, and interpret our own collections of natural history artifacts and display relevant traveling and loan exhibits.
  • As a nature education center, we are a gathering place for citizen scientists and amateur naturalists, and as a forum for informed discussion of important issues related to the natural world, especially on Cape Cod.
  • As a steward of 400-plus acres of museum-owned land in Stoney Brook Valley and Brewster conservation land adjacent to the Museum, we monitor and protect the land and focus our programming on its varied habitats – our outdoor classroom and teaching tool.

There are several popular nature walks – around a salt mash, through the Lyn Peabody Wildflower garden (received the  2007 Homer Lucas Award for Public Gardens from the New England Wild Flower Society), or through a wooded path down to the beach; most of the Museum land (south of historic Route 6A) is within the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program Priority Site for Rare Species and Exemplary Natural Communities; Museum land is entirely within the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District established by state law in 1973 and thought to be the largest in the country (as of a 2004 study); there is also a major herring run, Paine’s Creek, going through the property that most likely attracted Native Americans to the area long before colonists arrive – it is celebrated by renowned naturalist John Hay’s classic book, “The Run” published in 1959.

The Museum has also been responsible for an archaeological dig on Wing Island (town-owned land). The island is named for John Wing—the first English settler to live in this part of Cape Cod, and was part of the territory that the original Plimoth colonists reserved for themselves. It is also a microcosm of the archaeology of the Cape and provides clues of what the past of the region contains. Findings date back 9,000 years to prehistoric Cape Cod and demonstrates a slice of what the Cape was like prior to European settlement. There is also remnants of an old salt works that operated on the island. Wing Island is the inspiration for “Jack’s Island” in William Martin’s 1991 novel, Cape Cod.

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