Cape Cod National Seashore

Penniman House

    All fifth grade students in the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School System are required to spend a week at the N.E.E.D Collaborative in Truro. The building is a former Coast Guard Station located a few hundred yards from the Atlantic Ocean and is within the Cape Cod National Seashore. During their stay, students will participate in a Beach and Dune hike along Ballston Beach, day trips to Fort Hill at the Red Maple Swamp, theWhite Cedar Swamp, the Salt Pond Visitor's Center, the Beech Forest, the Marconi Station, and the Pilgrim Monument. They will also participate in a variety of environmental studies of kettle ponds, salt marshes, bogs, and dunes.

The Mayflower Landed Here

Lower Cape Map

Reminder to Families:

Please make arrangements to have your child picked up at school by 12:00 Noon on Friday.


Strongly Advisable

  • Sleeping bag or bedroll
  • Pillow
  • Shirts/blouses or T-shirts
  • Jackets and/or sweatshirts
  • 6 Sets of underwear
  • Hat
  • Personal care items (towels, soap, toothbrush, etc.
  • Plastic bag (for dirty laundry)
  • Old shoes or rubber boots for pond & saltmarsh studies
  • Raincoat
  • Long pants
  • At least 10 pairs of socks
  • Slippers & sleepwear

Seasonally Wise

  • Shorts
  • Scarf
  • Thermal underwear
  • Several pair of wool socks
  • Mittens

Up to You

  • Simple camera w/film
  • Bathrobe
  • Small backpack
  • Personal water bottle
  • Books to read
  • Stationery, stamps


Things to Bring:

  • Money
  • Flashlights
  • Pocket knives
  • Battery or plug-operated radios, CD players, curling irons, hair dryers, etc.
  • Fishing rods & reels

Things NOT to Bring:

  • Candy, extra snacks
  • Electronic games
  • Bathing suits
  • Heavily scented personal care items: hair sprays, perfumes, etc.


  Seashore Birds  


Red-throated Loon

Common Loon

Northern Gannet

Great Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Black-bellied Plover

American Oystercatcher



Semipalmated Sandpiper

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Canada Goose

Green-winged Teal

American Black Duck


American Wigeon


Ring-necked Duck

Common Eider

Herring Gull

Roseate Tern

Common Tern

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker

Tree Swallow

American Crow

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Gray Catbird

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-eyed Vireo

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

American Redstart


Red-winged Blackbird

Northern Oriole

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Northern Mockingbird


Chimney Swift

Purple Finch

Great Horned Owl