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County Services to Residents

Barnstable County Departments provide a variety of programs and services that residents of Cape Cod can directly access. 

Programs and services are listed in alphabetical order.


There are 22 4-H Clubs countywide, from Bourne to Provincetown, teaching hands on education, projects may include animal and equine science, healthy lifestyles, consumerism, STEM science, Junk Drawer Robotics, creative arts, agriculture, dog training and handling, environmental stewardship and more. Click here for Barnstable County 4H

Adult Nutrition Education

A variety of nutrition education programs are available and can be customized for an adult audience. Click here for Adult Nutriton Education

Bathing Beach Monitoring Program

We sample and analyze over 350 marine and freshwater beaches weekly, which adds up to over 4,300 samples per season. We test the water for two different types of fecal bacteria; Enterococcus in marine water, and E. coli in fresh water. Click here for Bathing Beach Monitoring Program

Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod

Program connecting the public to local farms and seafood harvested on Cape Cod. Click here for Buy Fresh Buy Local

Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps

The mission of the CCMRC is to engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response, and build community resiliency. Click here for Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps Services

Child Sexual Abuse Advocacy

Children’s Cove provides a compassionate, efficient, child-friendly facility for child abuse intervention. Click here for Child Sexual Abuse Advocacy

Coastal Explorer

The 4-H Coastal Explorer is a unique educational vehicle available to area schools, organizations, town beaches and libraries throughout Cape Cod. Click here for Coastal Explorer

CDC Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)

BCDHE hosts one CDC PHAP intern who focuses on the area of food safety, specifically farmers markets and shellfish. Click here for Public Health Associate Program

Emergency Planning

As BCREPC (Barnstable County Regional Emergecy Planning Committee) has developed over the years, it has seen its role expand to “All Hazards” emergency planning to address homeland security, meteorological, and public health issues that may affect the region. Click here for BCREPC Services

Fertilizer Certification

Exam, certification, and regulatory information per statewide nutrient management regulation by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR). Click here for Fertilizer Certification

Fire Training Academy

To provide current, high quality, safe and realistic fire and rescue training from beginning to the most advanced levels. Click here for Barnstable County Fire Rescue Training Academy

Food Pantry Projects

Nutrition Educators visit County food pantries to show low income individuals and families how to utilize pantry available foods in healthy recipes. Click here for Food Pantry Projects

Food Safety in Home

The Nutrition Team provides education to consumers to support healthy and safe food at home with recommendations and techniques. Click here for Food Safety in Home

Hidden Hazards in the Art Studio

Hidden Hazards in the Art Studio workshops have been designed for artists, educators, and public safety workers to help support the art community while protecting families, pets, and the environment from toxic, corrosive and flammable chemicals. Click here for Hidden Hazards in the Art Studio

Hoarding Task Force

The Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force is an all volunteer organization made up of individuals from many different organizations and disciplines, who have been working together since 2010 to bring information, education and resources to those struggling with compulsive cluttering. Click here for Hoarding Task Force Services

Household Hazardous Waste Collections

The household hazardous waste programs work closely with towns to undertake new initiatives for recycling and disposal of difficult to manage wastes. Regional collection programs provide convenient, cost efficient collection of hazardous materials such as sharps, flairs, and mercury, for all Cape towns. Small business waste accepted. Click here for HHW Services

Human Rights Commission

The Barnstable County Human Rights Commission actively promotes equal opportunity for all who live and work in, or visit the county, while recognizing that human rights issues still exist. Click here for Barnstable County Human Rights Commisson

Insect Identification

Insect identification and pest management solutions for residences and businesses, free of charge. Click here for Insect Identification

Ask a Master Gardener

Horticulture Clinic staffed by Master Gardeners which provides unbiased research based information for horticulture and gardening questions from the public. Click here for Hort Diagnostic Services

Military Family Outreach

MFOCC, formerly known as Operation Military Kids, supports children, youth and families impacted by deployment by offering camp activities, after-school 4H programs and hosting various events for military families. Click here for Military Family Outreach

Preschool and School-Age Nutrition Programs

The variety of nutrition education programs designed to inform early childhood teachers, young children, and families about the foundations of healthy eating. School Age Nutrition Click here for Preschool Nutrition

Public Health Nurse

Our professional nursing staff directs efforts toward educating people about health issues, investigating health problems and providing immunizations, and engaging in community partnerships to identify and solve health problems. Click here for Public Health Nurse

Residential Underground Storage Tank (RUST) Information & Loan Program

The RUST removal loan provides financing at 0% with a payback period of 10 years. Click here for Residential Underground Storage Tank (RUST) Information & Loan Program

River Herring Network

The River Herring Network is a professional society for river herring wardens & volunteers, and a clearinghouse of information for river herring enthusiasts. Click here for River Herring Network

Septic Loan Program

Aimed at upgrading failed residential septic systems to Title 5 standards. Click here for Community Septic Management Loan Program


Extension Food Safety and Nutrition Educators conduct SERVSAFE® courses for both first-time food safety certification and re-certification. Click here for ServSafe

Shellfish in the Home

Safe Handling, Storing, and Cooking Practices of shellfish. Click here for Shellfish in the Home

Shellfish Workshops and Training

Topics include shellfish farming, Constable training, and technical advice. Click here for Shellfish Workshops and Training


SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) is a state health insurance assistance program that provides free health insurance information, counseling and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. Click here for SHINE Services

Suicide Prevention

In the area of Suicide Prevention, the Department continued to support the Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition to promote suicide prevention education and activities. Click here for Suicide Prevention Services

Tick Identification, Prevention & Removal

Programs, materials and workshops designed to educate the public on the types of ticks on Cape Cod, tick-borne disease awareness and prevention, repellants, pet care, and yard care. Click here for Tick Identification, Prevention & Removal

Tick Testing

The public can send ticks in for testing, sometimes at a discounted rate, to learn what disease causing microbes the tick may be carrying, including pathogens that cause Lyme disease. Click here for Tick Testing