Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Bayview Trail 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: Info desk & restrooms open Wednesday–Saturday, 9:30 am–3:00 pm; Trails open daily, 7:30 am–7:30 pm

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Bird Research in Action

See Bird Research in Action!

Yellow-billed Cuckoo during bird banding at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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

Field Schools

Cape Cod Field Schools

Common Buckeye butterfly on aster flower © Sherri VandenAkker
Common Buckeye © Sherri VandenAkker

Get outdoors & learn from experts in our active, multi-day courses for adults. See 2020 schedule >

Nature Play Days - LP promo for sanctuaries

Nature Play Days

Find seasonal nature play ideas & activities to help everyone get outside! Time for fun >

Birding Programs

Fantastic Fall Birds

Whimbrel arriving at Wellfleet Bay © Shawn Carey
Whimbrel © Shawn Carey

Join us for morning bird walks and offsite trips to local birding hotspots! Go birding >

Sanctuary News & Events

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Upcoming Programs

October 20, 2020 (Tuesday) 8:00-9:00am
Wellfleet Bay has re-established a bird banding station to study the migration of songbirds. The Sanctuary has a long history... Learn More >
October 27, 2020 (Tuesday) 8:00-9:00am
Wellfleet Bay has re-established a bird banding station to study the migration of songbirds. The Sanctuary has a long history... Learn More >
October 30, 2020 (Friday) 4:30-6:00pm
Join a Wellfleet Bay naturalist for this guided evening walk at the sanctuary. We'll look and listen for nocturnal wildlife, a... Learn More >
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