What makes the flora, fauna and geology of Cape Cod unique? How does its natural history set it apart from the rest of Massachusetts? This year’s participants spent a week exploring the geological and topographical features of the Cape and investigating the earth science concepts that are relevant to the Cape’s distinctive coastal environment. Evidence of Cape Cod’s glacial history was uncovered and landforms, sub-surface topography and changing coastlines were examined to understand and explain its current but changing landscape. Core sampling techniques were practiced in a tidal marsh and soil layers were analyzed to provide a look back through geological time. Participants located and examined kettle holes, learned how they form, and identified the plant and animal species that depend on them for survival. They visited science laboratories in Woods Hole and witnessed some of the science and engineering practices and instruments involved in studying the ocean processes. On a marine animal hospital tour, participants examined how Cape Cod’s unique geology impacts the biological communities in the region.