Free Clamming Classes for Kids

For the 16th straight year, kids on Cape Cod will have an opportunity to learn how to shellfish. Barnstable’s Natural Resources Department is offering three free shellfishing classes for young people in June at the Bridge Street Landing in Osterville.

Natural Resources staff and town shellfish volunteers will assist participants who want to learn how to dig. Participants should be prepared to get wet and waders, hip boots or knee boots would be helpful, along with protective gloves.

Shellfish may be taken by hand or rake and small garden hand rakes and trowels will be allowed.

Shellfish regulations apply as always and those legally harvested with a valid permit may be taken home.

The classes are Saturday, June 16 at 8 a.m., Sunday, June 17 at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, June 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Attendees will receive a “Clammer Kid” badge and an activity booklet, along with certificates of completion.

All ages shellfishing classes will be held June 30 @ 7:30 a.m. and August 19 at 1 p.m. at the Bridge Street Landing.


For more information, call Natural Resources during office hours Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 4:15pm at 508-790-6272 or direct your questions via email to



Beach chairs



Valid Parking Permits are Required Year Round 

            Permits and Regulations HERE

The Recreation Division 2018 Parking Permits are now available through our mail-in process. For those of you that supplied Barnstable Recreation with your e-mail address, you should be receiving your application via e-mail. If you do not receive it, or did not supply an e-mail address, applications may be downloaded HERE.  In order to reduce our postage costs, we will not be sending out applications via the postal system. If you do not have access to a printer and need an application mailed to you, please feel free to submit your request in writing (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail the application to you) to: Town of Barnstable – Parking Permits, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601. 2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers will be available in person at the HYCC beginning May 7th. Operating hours will be Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.

Seasonal Lifeguards Wanted

Lifeguards Wanted in the Town of Barnstable 

Job Description:  Must be at least 17 years of age (or 16 with one year of experience as a lifeguard aide). Assists in maintaining the safety and well being of others.

Minimum Qualifications:  American Red Cross LGT, Waterfront Lifeguard Certification, and Professional Rescuer CPR. Additional Qualifications Certification as above, and Division policy and Procedures set forth by the manual.

Hours: 9am-5pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day, including weekends.

Apply HERE

Shellfishing Reopens



Effective sunrise March 9, 2018, according to Marine Fisheries, shellfish areas in the Town of Barnstable will now revert back to their former status prior to the closure on March 1, 2018.

Marine & Environmental Affairs would like to remind all recreational shellfishers that as of March 8, 2018 the recreational harvest of OYSTERS is CLOSED for the season. See Notice HERE