Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

View from the heathland in late summer at 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. 

Location: 291 State Highway Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: 508-349-2615
Hours: Open daily, 8:30 am–5 pm; Trails open daily, 7 am–dusk

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Featured Program(s)

Search for Stranded Sea Turtles

Help us find cold-stunned sea turtles stranded on Cape Cod Bay beaches. Sign up >

Bird Research in Action

See Bird Research in Action

Ruby & Golden-crowned Kinglets at bird banding station © Dan Lipp
Ruby & Golden-crowned Kinglets © Dan Lipp

Get a first-hand look at the bird banding process this fall. Save your spot >

Cheep Eats

"Cheep Eats" Begins October 23

Bring a lunch & join us each month for these sociable, educational bird talks! Register now >

Birding Programs

Fantastic Fall Birds

Short-billed Dowitcher on Tern Island (Photo: Joel Wagner)
Short-billed Dowitcher

We have lots of great birding walks and trips for all ages and experience levels! Go birding >

Sanctuary News & Events

Jack-o-lantern with tree carving

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event October 25, 2019

Celebrate Halloween by exploring our delightfully spooky pine forest after dark. Along the way, you'll be entertained and enlightened (but not scared) by curious creatures from the natural world!

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Upcoming Programs

October 25, 2019 (Friday) 8:00am - 10:00am
Experience the best of morning bird activity with a Wellfleet Bay naturalist on this walk along Goose Pond Trail. From pine wo... Learn More >
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