Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet Bay provides peace and unmatched beauty on the hillsides and shoreline overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. Extensive trails bring you to a panoramic salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands, each attracting a wide array of wildlife. The sanctuary features a universally accessible trail and an award-winning “green” nature center with numerous exhibits and aquariums. Read More

Sanctuary News & Events

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Marking its 30th anniversary this season, Wellfleet Bay's Cape Cod Field Schools for adults is offering a rich array of topics exploring the Cape’s wildlife and natural beauty that has inspired people for generations. This season, participants will have an opportunity to delve into the extraordinary lives and world of insects.

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Wellfleet Bay may be known for rescuing stranded sea turtles in the fall, but we also track healthy turtles that feed in our waters in the summer. For nearly 15 years, the wildlife sanctuary has asked boaters and others who spot free-swimming turtles to report it through our sea turtle hotline (1-888-SEA-TURT) and a mobile-friendly web site, seaturtlesightings.org.

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Looking for a way to get your kids outdoors this summer? Check out Wellfleet Bay's Natural History Day Camps in Wellfleet and Chatham!

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Upcoming Programs

June 27, 2016 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife on the sanctuary's...
June 27, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Meet the creeping, crawling, swimming, climbing creatures of the sanctuary. We'll show live animals that...
June 28, 2016 8:00am - 10:00am
Experience the best of morning bird activity with a Wellfleet Bay naturalist on this walk along Goose...
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Birthday Parties


Looking for a place to have an exciting and memorable birthday? We offer birthday parties with guided indoor and outdoor activities. Learn More

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Membership benefits include free admission to all of our wildlife sanctuaries across the state, plus discounts on programs and shop purchases.

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