Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

The Overlook toward Try Island © 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. Please leave dogs and other pets at home.

Location: 291 State Highway Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: 508-349-2615
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am-4 pm • Trails open daily, dawn to dusk

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Full Moon Hike

Full Moon Hike

Full moon over dune © Len Edgerly
© Len Edgerly

Join us on the trails to enjoy a winter sunset and the rise of the full moon. Learn more >

Sea Turtle Patrol

Sea Turtle Patrol

Walk a bayside beach this fall and learn what to do should you find a cold-stunned sea turtle. Learn more >

Sanctuary News & Events

Cape’s Cold-Stunned Sea Turtle Season is Underway

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Unusually warm fall weather delayed the start of the Cape's annual cold-stunned sea turtle season, but our staff and volunteers are hitting the beaches to rescue critically endangered and threatened turtles. Anyone walking a bay beach this fall may have a chance to save the life of a cold-stunned turtle by following just a few simple steps.

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Upcoming Programs

December 3, 2022 (Saturday) 8:30-10:00am
Search for cold-stunned juvenile sea turtles stranded on Cape Cod Bay beaches on the high tide. Learn about sea turtle biology, behavior, and conservation. Read more
December 7, 2022 (Wednesday) 3:30-5:00pm
Look and listen for nocturnal wildlife, as we enjoy the sun setting over Wellfleet Bay and the full moon rising over the treetops to the east. Read more
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