CARE for the Cape & Islands™ (CARE) is a destination-wide Travelers' Philanthropy initiative designed to create opportunities for visitors to contribute to local efforts to promote long-term environmental conservation and cultural heritage preservation. Working with travel industry businesses, CARE helps visitors to preserve the very things they travel to see and enjoy: exquisite natural beauty, native plant, marine and wildlife habitats, Cape & Islands culture and history.
CARE's mission is "Creating A Responsible Environment", and visitors and locals alike are invited to connect with and support local projects by:
- participating in volunteer opportunities such as beach clean ups and environmental research
- making a small financial donation
- sharing their personal knowledge and expertise
Funds raised in 2015 will support the following:
1. Waquoit Bay Reserve Wetu Construction and Education Project
For this project, the Waquoit Bay Reserve will partner with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, a federally recognized tribe with ancestral homelands located both within and adjacent to the Reserve. The project will improve and enhance an existing outdoor wetu exhibit at the Reserve and offer a professional development workshop on Native life-ways and estuaries that highlights the vital connection between people and the environment. Through the exhibit and teacher workshop, we will build an appreciation for the rich indigenous culture and historic significance of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. To help visitors connect to coastal environments and to develop a sense of this place we will look back at the First People to live here and utilize the bay’s resources. Artifacts and ancient Wampanoag shell middens have been found on the Reserve and nearby lands that begin to tell the story of this place. The Reserve’s scientific data, information about land use change and evidence of human impacts can add further details to the continuing story of our watershed and our need for increased stewardship in the future.
2. FALMOUTH HERITAGE TRAIL
A series of walking maps will be developed by the Falmouth Preservation Alliance that will eventually cover all 8 Villages of Falmouth. The goal of these maps is to stimulate pride and appreciation for Falmouth’s rich history. The first map will cover a 2-mile walkable area of downtown Falmouth and will feature cultural resources such as the original stone dock of the first harbor, heritage landscapes such as ponds & marshes, as well as many historic residential and commercial buildings that evoke events, occupations and economies over the past 325+ years. To further enrich the visitor experience, historic markers will be added to this route. Each marker will contain an historic photo and description about the site selected and its significance to Falmouth’s heritage. The heritage trail maps will be available at key sites in Falmouth such as the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, Highfield Hall and the Falmouth Historical Society, publicized at all lodgings in town and distributed at hospitality conferences to invite guests to visit.
3. Hyannis Sea Captains’ Row: Walking Trail Map
This project encompasses research, design, and production of a map that documents the location of Hyannis Sea Captains’ homes, unique specimen trees, and relative historic highlights within this Nationally Registered Pleasant Street and School Street neighborhood in Hyannis.
By bringing together the varied sources of information about this area of Hyannis into one document, the project will define a shared identity for the East End of Hyannis. This descriptive trail map will encourage visitors who often walk through this neighborhood to access the ferry, bus and rail, to be engaged with this rich part of Hyannis history.
The maps will be distributed, physically and virtually, through a variety of partners including the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, the Hyannis HyArts District and the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, among others.