Cape Cod and Woods Hole: Oceanography and Natural History
Alongside scientists and local experts, gain a comprehensive understanding of Cape Cod’s natural wonders, exploring its geography, marine life and historic research centers.
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Program No. 16765RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Flexed like an arm jutting out into the Atlantic from Massachusetts, Cape Cod was formed by glaciers and changed through the ages by rising and falling seas. The Cape is cherished today as a place of extraordinary natural beauty, and the home of notable scientific institutions based at Woods Hole Village including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Marine Biological Laboratory and The Woods Hole Science Aquarium, the oldest marine aquarium in the country. Join us to learn about Cape Cod, its natural history and advanced scientific research.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile daily on flat and uneven terrain outdoors, such as sandy beaches. Boarding a boat from a short ramp, stepping over a railing and down a few steps.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Encounter scientists and their work at the Marine Biological Laboratory, the oldest independent marine laboratory in the Americas, where 54 MBL-affiliated scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
  • At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the U.S., see a full scale exhibit on ALVIN — the deep sea sub of “Titanic” fame with old parts from the original sub.
  • Explore the Woods Hole Aquarium, and partake in a study cruise on a fishing and research vessel with experts from the Marine Biological Laboratory.
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Jim Coogan
Jim Coogan is an author and retired teacher who lives in the historic seaside town of Sandwich on Cape Cod. He grew up on the Cape, graduated from Boston College and served in the U.S. Navy before teaching high school history for almost 30 years. Since his retirement in 1999, Jim has written eight books about Cape Cod, including three for children. His “Sail Away Ladies: Stories of Cape Cod Women in the Age of Sail” won the 2004 U.S. Maritime Literature Award. Jim is a popular speaker on Cape Cod history, a regular columnist for the Cape Cod Times daily newspaper and the owner and publisher of Harvest Home Books.
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