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


Now that the water has warmed and is teeming with marine life, sea turtles are being spotted off southern New England. For more than a decade, Wellfleet Bay's Sea Turtle Sightings website and hotline have served to gather data and raise awareness about sea turtles in the region.

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As diamondback terrapins emerge from salt marshes to begin their nesting season, members of Cape Abilities in Eastham have created 25 protective steel wire cages—known as predator enclosures—to be placed around turtle nests to discourage red foxes, raccoons and other animals from digging up nests and eating the eggs.

field school at the beach

It’s a chance to pursue a curiosity, indulge a passion, or even to shift careers. Cape Cod Field Schools offer adults special opportunities to explore and learn about the unique nature of Cape Cod.

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Upcoming Programs

July 31, 2015 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife on the sanctuary's...
July 31, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cruise through Nauset Marsh on a partially shaded pontoon boat and disembark on the exposed tidal flats...
July 31, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Discover the fascinating fish of Wellfleet Bay! Meet live fish to learn how these aquatic creatures...
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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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