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The Explorers are going places!

From bowling and cooking to day trips and evening events, the Explorers are going places!

Gain confidence and learn skills to develop friendships beyond the IDD/ASD community, including at work, when volunteering, and with people in your everyday life.

As part of the Explorers, you can learn more about the world around you. There is always someone new to meet, something new to see, and somewhere new to explore. 

Sharing the experience forms stronger bonds and creates lasting memories. Let’s have fun and learn from each other! 

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Explorers Walks in May
May 7, 14, 21, 9am-1pm

Walk with us! (Limit: 8 people): $282 per person for 3 walks includes lunch, snacks, and transportation from and back to Commnity Connections in South Yarmouth.

  • May 7: Crowes Pasture Conservation Area (East Dennis) is a wilderness area with stunning New England landscapes, forest trails, and long stretches of rocky beaches that are unlike anything else on Cape Cod.
  • May 14: Bell's Neck Walk Trails (Harwich) offer views of wind ruffled water and sweeping salt marsh. Watch for ospreys and the secretive black-crowned night heron in spring and summer.
  • May 21: Mashpee Conservation Nature Tours for a naturalist-guided tour of Mashpee’s unique and diverse conservation areas.

Transportation from your home to the meetup location is available at an additional cost.

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Live Band Plays Blues & Rock Music to Benefit Explorers: May 18, June 15, August 17

Get your tickets today!

Dennis Union Church, 713 Main Street (Route 6A), Dennis (Limit: 15 people): Enjoy the music of local favorite, Low Pressure Band, as they play blues & rock music! Enjoy delicious pizza from RC Pizza and non-alcoholic beverages. $25 per person.

Join us 6pm-8:30pm. The Low Pressure Band plays it cool to benefit Explorers, a Community Connections program that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain confidence and learn skills to develop friendships in their everyday lives. 

For Explorers, transportation to the activity location is available at an additional cost.

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Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard: May 25

Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard (Limit: 8 people): The gingerbread cottages at the Oak Bluffs Campground are an iconic, can’t-miss attraction. The 19th-century cottages, with their delicate trim, picket fences, and small size, have the look of storybook gingerbread houses, earning their name now widely known among visitors. $110 per person.

Day trip includes transportation from Community Connections to and from Hy-Line Ferry with tickets for the ferry, sandwiches for lunch from Dennis Public Market, and snacks.

Join us Wednesday, May 25, 8:30am-4:30pm for a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard!

Request to join the Explorers today by calling 508-744-1130 or completing the form at the top of this page.

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Dinner and a Movie: May 31 & June 28

Community Connections in South Yarmouth (Limit: 15 people) includes dinner, movie, and staff support. $30 per person.

Join us 5pm-8pm. Enjoy dinner together with your friends as we watch a movie at Community Connections in South Yarmouth.

Transportation to the activity location is available at an additional cost.

Request to join the Explorers today by calling 508-744-1130 or completing the form at the top of this page.

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Bowling: May 12 & 19, June 2, 9, & 16

Ryan’s Ten Pin Eatery, Cape Cod Mall, Hyannis (Limit: 8 people): Meet the Explorers at the bowling alley. $16 per person. 

Join us Thursdays from 4pm-6pm. You will need to purchase food or drink separately. Let’s have a good time as we bowl together and develop friendships. A great way to get moving and have fun with friends. All skill levels and ages!

Request to join the Explorers today by calling 508-744-1130 or completing the form at the top of this page.

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Cape Cod Pirate Festival: June 4

Dress Like a Pirate Day, West Yarmouth (Limit: 8 people): Got some awesome garb gathering dust in your closet waiting for the perfect pirate outing? An old costume you bought for that friends' party? Maybe you were on a Neverland Pirates kick and forced to dress like Captain Hook and Red Jessica. Whatever the reason, wear your best diggs and join us for Dress Like a Pirate Day! Costume contests and prizes for men and women. Join us on the Main Stage at 2pm. $80 per person.

Includes transportation from Community Connections to the event at 669 Route 28, West Yarmouth. Please bring money to purchase food or snacks.

Join us Saturday, June 4, 11am-3pm.

Request to join the Explorers today by calling 508-744-1130 or completing the form at the top of this page.

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Cooking: May 16, June 6, 13, & 20

Dennis Union Church, 713 Main Street (Route 6A), Dennis (Limit: 8 people) includes instruction with staff, cooking ingredients, and container for a meal to take home with you. $30 per person.

Join us 4pm-6pm. Let’s create delicious meals together while you learn basic cooking skills, build on the skills you already have, meet new people, and develop new friendships.

Request to join the Explorers today by calling 508-744-1130 or completing the form at the top of this page.

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Highfield Hall & Gardens: June 11

Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth (Limit: 8 people) includes transportation from Community Connections to and from Falmouth, sandwiches from Dennis Public Market and snacks. $95 per person.

Join us 9am-1pm. Highfield Hall & Gardens is not your typical historic estate. While there’s plenty of history within these glorious old walls, Highfield is a vibrant cultural center surrounded by restored gardens, peaceful walking trails, and conservation land.

Request to join the Explorers today by calling 508-744-1130 or completing the form at the top of this page.

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Plimoth Patuxet Museums & Mayflower: June 19

Plimoth Patuxet Museums & Mayflower, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth (Limit: 6 people) includes transportation from Community Connections to and from Plymouth, sandwiches from Dennis Public Market and snacks. $110 per person.

Join us 9:30am-2:30pm. Plimoth Patuxet is a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, founded in 1947. It attempts to replicate the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century by the English colonists who became known as the Pilgrims.

Request to join the Explorers today by calling 508-744-1130 or completing the form at the top of this page.

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Explorers Walking Club in June
June 21, 23, 27, 30, 4pm-5:30pm

Let’s go for a stroll. Mark your calendars for the Explorers Walking Club and take a walk with us! (Limit: 6 people): $30 per person per session.

  • Tuesday, June 21
  • Thursday, June 23
  • Monday, June 27
  • Thursday, June 30

Transportation from your home to the meetup location is available at an additional cost.

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Whale Watch: June 25

Whale Watch, 269 Millway, Barnstable (Limit: 8 people) includes transportation from Community Connections to and from the Whale Watch, ticket and snacks. $180 per person.

Join us 8am-1:30pm. The Whale Watcher is back home in Barnstable Harbor and our season is underway. On our first trip, we saw Humpback and Minke whales along with some distant looks at several North Atlantic right whales, including a cow/calf pair!

Request to join the Explorers today by calling 508-744-1130 or completing the form at the top of this page.

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Cape Cod Baseball: June 29

Red Wilson Field @ Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, 210 Station Ave, South Yarmouth (Limit: 8 people) includes transportation from Community Connections to and from the game. $25 per person.

Join us 3:30pm-7:30pm. It’s the YD Red Sox vs. the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod Baseball League. The Cape Cod Baseball League is one of the nation’s premier collegiate summer leagues and boasts over 1,000 former players who have gone on to play in the major leagues. Please bring money to purchase food or snacks at the game. Admission to the game is free.

Request to join the Explorers today by calling 508-744-1130 or completing the form at the top of this page.

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Build friendships with the Explorers

Explorers is the social recreation program from Community Connections, giving adults with IDD and/or ASD a chance to get a fresh perspective, build social skills, and make new friends.

Through structured activities in small groups and with local experts, Community Connections staff provide a safe environment to enhance social skills and build friendships in real-life situations with other Explorers, among community partners, and the public.

Community Connections staff guide communication, help identify social cues, and offers suggestions on appropriate interactions.

The guidance from staff is woven naturally into activities and experiences. Through this process, the Explorers gain skills and confidence in growing friendships.

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Explorers is a fee-based program

There is no public funding for this social recreation program. Community Connections pays for staff coordination and oversight of the activities and transportation from the meetup location.

You choose the activities that interest you. Activities range from $10 for evening entertainment at the Coffee House to $200 or more for a day trip, such as Nantucket that includes high-speed ferry, lunch, museum tickets, and staff support.

For all Explorers activities, transportation from your home to the meetup location is available at an additional cost.

As an Explorer, your goal is to gain confidence and learn skills to develop friendships beyond the IDD/ASD community, including at work, when volunteering, and with people in your everyday life.

Call 508-744-1130 to join the Explorers!

Support Us and Our Efforts

Through a person-centered approach, we design individualized programs that build on the strengths of the whole person, enabling them to live as independently as possible in their community.

We count on donors like you, so our clients can continue to reach their goals through therapies and activities.