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Private Organizations

Town of Dennis: Private Organizations

Dennis Conservation Trust
OceanQuest, Inc.

P.O. Box 67
E. Dennis, MA 02641

PHONE: (508) 385-5990

FAX: (617) 526-5000 (please mark "Attention: Richard A. Johnston")



Richard A. Johnston
c/o Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
60 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 526-6282

HOURS: No office hours. Call for information.

A private nonprofit land trust accepting land donations and gifts to preserve open space in the Town of Dennis. Owns and maintains over 300 acres of conservation land. A member of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc.

PUBLICATIONS: No publications.

FEES: Annual membership by sliding scale and land donation.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: No special programs.

KEYWORDS: Dennis, Land Conservation, land Trusts, Wetlands, Wildlife

Main Office: P.O. Box 1450, East Dennis, MA 02641
Dock Location: Waterfront Park, Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543

PHONE: (508) 385-7656 or (800) 376-2326

FAX: Not available.



Kathy Mullin, Executive Director
Elise Andrini, Office Manager

HOURS: Hands-On Discovery Cruises offered Spring through Fall. Office hours year-round.

OceanQuest, Inc., is an organization firmly rooted in marine science education. The programs have proven to be highly successful in motivating and educating participants to the wonders of the ocean through hands-on teaching techniques. OceanQuest is a private, non-profit educational and research organization supported by private donations, grants, and fees. OceanQuest at-sea programs take place aboard a well-equipped U.S. Coast Guard certified research vessel that departs from Woods Hole.

PUBLICATIONS: "Hands-On Oceanography," a series of 11 lessons covering the major concepts of ocean science; extensive teacher background material, data sheets, and suggestions for adapting the lessons to the classroom are included. "Activity Book/Journal," designed as a follow-up to the cruises; includes a variety of puzzles and games that reinforce ocean science study (grades 2-8). Other curriculum materials are available.

FEES: Vary with program and group size.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: 2 hour Discovery Cruises and shore programs are offered to schools and groups in the spring and fall. The Discovery Cruise explores the major disciplines within oceanography. Shore/Marsh programs compliment the at-sea experience. OceanQuest is a state approved professional development provider.

Mid-June through Labor Day a regular schedule of 90 min Hands-On Discovery Cruises are offered for the general public and groups.

Discover Cuttyhunk Island Cruises August and September. Private Charters available.

KEYWORDS: Educational Services for Schools, Groups and the General Public, Falmouth, Cruises, Tourism, Boat Charters, Woods Hole, Oceanography, Marine Education.

Town Departments

Town of Dennis: Town Departments

Conservation Commission
Department of Natural Resources
Health Board
Shellfish Officer

Town of Dennis
Conservation Commission

PO Box 1419
485 Main Street
S. Dennis, MA 02660

PHONE: (508) 394-8300

FAX: (508) 394-8309



CONTACT: Don Waldo, Chairman

HOURS: 8:30 - 4:30 Mon - Fri.
The conservation commission is made up of seven appointed volunteers to acquire open space, administer and enforce the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, administer any local protection bylaws, manage open space land, develop open space plans, initiate recycling and other conservation programs, advise town agencies on resource protection, participate in agriculture preservation and educate local citizens. The Commission meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

KEYWORDS: Dennis, Regulatory Enforcement And Information, Wetlands, Wildlife

Town of Dennis
Dept. of Natural Resources

485 Main Street
P.O. Box 1419
S. Dennis, MA 02660

PHONE: (508) 760-6123

FAX: (508) 394-8309



CONTACT: George MacDonald, Conservation Officer

HOURS: 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday

The Department of Natural Resources enforces the rules and regulations of hunting, fishing, shellfishing, and Wetlands Protection Act in the town. The Department deals with marshland, docks, illegal dumping, driving of recreational vehicles, parking and driving on the beach, and wildlife management programs. A map of Dennis Conservation Areas is available. The Department is involved in the local Waterfowl Project, Freshwater Ponds Project, Coyote population count, and dredging at the mouth of Swan River. The Department collects fees for shellfishing licenses and the use of 4- Wheel drive vehicles on beaches.

KEYWORDS: Biology, Birds, Boating, Coastal Management And Planning, Conservation, Dennis, Natural Habitats, Regulatory Enforcement And Information, Shellfisheries, Water Pollution, Wetlands, Wildlife

Town of Dennis
Health Board

Town Hall Annex, 465 Main Street
Dennisport, MA 02639

PHONE: (508) 760-6158

FAX: (508) 394-6289

E-MAIL: or


Terence M. Hayes, R.S., C.H.O., Health Director
Meggan Tierney, Assistant
Paul Covell, Chairman, Board of Health
Noreen Dutson, Office Manager

- Office: 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday
- Director's hours (office): 8:30-9:30 and 3:30-4:30 M-F

The Board of Health enforces the Massachusetts General Laws, the state Sanitary Code, the state Environmental Code, and local health regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, the location, construction and repair of septic systems, hazardous material storage and disposal, solid waste disposal, bathing water quality, private water supplies, private wells, and non- community public water supplies. The board regulates the use of pesticides/herbicides. The board has programs to monitor septic tanks (random testing using computer of individual systems), and to monitor underground storage tanks (if 15 years or older). The board handles surface water sampling and monitoring. Road runoff data is collected on certain surface water areas to monitor high bacteria counts. The board handles licenses and fees for septic trucks and systems, food establishments, garbage trucks, etc.

KEYWORDS: Acid Rain, Biology, Coastal Ponds, Dennis, Health, Public, Red Tide, Regulatory Enforcement And Information, Safety Standards, Seafood, Waste Disposal And Treatment, Water Quality, Water Pollution, Water Resources

Town of Dennis
Shellfish Officer

P.O. Box 2060
S. Dennis, MA 02660

PHONE: (508) 760-6123

FAX: (508) 394-8309



CONTACT: Alan Marcy, Shellfish Officer, Asst. Natural Resources Officer

HOURS: 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday

Massachusetts General Laws requires coastal communities to have Shellfish Constables who are trained and experienced in shellfish management. Public safety is important when consuming the live perishable product. The Shellfish Department is responsible for managing shellfish resources with the town including recommendations for regulation, propagation, and enforcement of town and state regulations pertaining to shellfish. The Shellfish Department is involved in water quality issues to protect shellfish resources and handles shellfish licenses. Mr. Marcy also serves as a representative for the Town on the Coastal Resources Committee for Barnstable County.

KEYWORDS: Aquaculture, Biology, Commercial Fisheries, Dennis, Educational Services For General Public, Educational Services For Children, Educational Services For Young Adults, Health, Lobster Fisheries, Marine Research, Natural Habitats, Nutrition, Oil Spills, Public, Recreational Fisheries, Red Tide, Regulatory Enforcement And Information, Safety Standards, Shellfisheries, Tourism, Underwater Research, Water Quality, Water Pollution, Water Resources, Wetlands, Wildlife


Town of Dennis: Schools

Ezra H. Baker School
N.H. Wixon Middle School

Ezra H. Baker School (Public)
810 Route 28, West Dennis, MA 02670
(508) 398-7690
(508) 398-7693-FAX
Principal: Kevin Depin
Librarian: Arthur A. Laughton
Science Dept. Coord.: Sharon Howard

N. H. Wixon Middle School (Public)
Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660
(508) 398-7695
(508) 398-7608-FAX
Principal: Dr. Lisa McMahon
Library Media Specialist: Maureen Anderson
Science Team Leader: Kim Oliver

Last updated: January 14, 2015

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