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 scientific cruise on a fishing and research vessel with local marine experts.

General Notes

For a similar program with an environmental focus, please see, "Our Changing Planet: Oceanography & Natural History on Cape Cod” (#23857), part of the Our Changing Planet series.
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Alan Kuzirian
Alan Kuzirian is an associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He conducts his laboratory research at the Marine Resource Center, exploring the functional morphology and ultrastructure of various organ systems in mollusks. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a doctorate in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Alan Kuzirian
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