Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Heathland in late fall at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary © Ronald Reynolds
© Ronald Reynolds

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, 9 am–4:30 pm; Trails open daily, 7 am–dusk

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Owl Prowls

Owl Prowls

Eastern Screech Owl red morph © Susan Wellington
Eastern Screech Owl © Susan Wellington

Learn all about owls before heading outside to listen for them on a night hike. Sign up >

Seasonal Walks

Winter Hiking Series

Explore a new location each month from December to February. See the schedule >

Cheep Eats

Next "Cheep Eats" is February 13

Green-winged Teal © Matt Filosa
Green-winged Teal © Matt Filosa

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

Birding Programs

Early Winter Birds

Bufflehead female © Susan Wellington
Bufflehead © Susan Wellington

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

Sanctuary News & Events

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Upcoming Programs

January 24, 2020 (Friday) 9:30am - 11:30am
We can never predict what hotspots will be "hot" or rarities will show up during a Cape Cod winter. Join a naturalist in their... Learn More >
January 24, 2020 (Friday) 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Discover the natural history and adaptations of local owls through an indoor presentation then head outside to look and listen... Learn More >
January 31, 2020 (Friday) 8:00am - 2:00pm
The Cape Cod Canal is a dynamic and busy system. In the winter, thousands of sea ducks, loons and grebes concentrate in the sh... Learn More >
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