Expedition Blue: Waypoints
A brand-new interactive exhibit trail in the Cape Cod region is almost ready to be explored. Expedition Blue Waypoints is a unique blend of interpretive structures integrated with a mobile-ready web experience spanning the whole of Cape Cod, as well as Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Designed for all ages but with particular emphasis on educating young people about the special relationship with our waters, how it sustains us, how we care for it, and how to engage for the future.
From working waterfronts to aquaculture and commercial fishing, marine technology and science, transportation and recreation, Waypoints brings awareness to Water as Our Way of Life. Learn about our region’s identity, understand our pride in place, and be inspired by those who actively work in our blue economy. Maybe even get a glimpse of your own future.
Inspired by the lifesaving shacks that once dotted the Cape coastline providing refuge for shipwrecked sailors, the Waypoints are a series of modular cubes, panels and posts that allow for contemplation, education and investigation about the region’s past, present and especially, the future. Each Waypoint features one or more viewfinders that focuses attention on a particular subject and invites further exploration of a network of other markers, surprising artifacts, and new points of interest. Each Waypoint encourages further exploration through the mobile web site, as well as an invitation to share experiences via social media.
You will find over 30 Waypoints throughout the region in Barnstable (Hyannis), Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Falmouth, Nantucket, Provincetown, Sandwich, Tisbury (Vineyard Haven), and Yarmouth. More sites will be added in the future.
Waypoints is part of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce’s Expedition Blue project, an initiative to build a sense of pride and identity in our water economy, and to encourage responsible blue economy entrepreneurship and employment. Waypoints were funded by a grant from the Seaport Economic Council.
Barnstable Patriot, June 23, 2021: Installation of Expedition Blue Waypoints under way on Cape Cod
Press release, May 20, 2020: Towns advance Expedition Blue participation
Read about Expedition Blue in the Barnstable Patriot’s article: Hyannis Harbor to be part of 2021 Blue Economy exhibition