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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Seasonal Walks

Winter Hiking Series

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

Featured Program(s)

Search for Stranded Sea Turtles

Sea turtle patrol in action © Esther Horvath
© Esther Horvath

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

Cheep Eats

"Cheep Eats" on December 12

Red-tailed Hawk on snowy branch at Wellfleet Bay © Kim Barillot
Red-tailed Hawk © Kim Barillot

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

December 9, 2019 (Monday) 10:30am - 12:30pm
Search for cold-stunned juvenile sea turtles stranded on Cape Cod Bay beaches on the high tide. Learn about sea turtle biology... Learn More >
December 12, 2019 (Thursday) 11:00am - 11:45am
Keep warm with a hot beverage and a sweet treat while discovering the fascinating avian diversity of Cape Cod during a 30 minu... Learn More >
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