Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Salt marsh in autumn 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: 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 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 >
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