Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Walking the boardwalk in 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: Open daily, 9 am–4:30 pm; Trails open daily, 8 am–dusk

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Birding Programs

The Birds are Back

Gray Catbird on a leafy branch © Sherri Vandenakker
Gray Catbird © Sherri Vandenakker

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

Summer Camp

Don't Forget to Register for Camp!

Wellfleet Bay campers examining fish traps at Goose Pond 550

Register now for Wellfleet Bay’s day camp sessions for ages 3–14. Learn more >

Field Schools (text-only)

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Cape Cod Field Schools

Get outdoors with our active, multi-day courses for adults. See 2019 schedule >

Seasonal Walks

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Get Some Fresh Air

Join us on the trail to experience the season's beauty. Upcoming walks >

Sanctuary News & Events

Whiteley student holding a model of a sea turtle

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet Bay has been chosen as a beneficiary of the 2019 Seaside Le Mans race! This extraordinary opportunity will help expand our conservation science education programs to underserved children, strengthen existing school programs, and provide new learning opportunities at the sanctuary.

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Upcoming Programs

June 29, 2019 (Saturday) 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Look for diamondback terrapins, a threatened species of salt marsh turtle. During June and July we'll walk along sanctuary tra... Learn More >
June 29, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tanzania now rivals Kenya as the premier bucket-list African safari destination, and with good reason. From the otherworldly B... Learn More >
July 1, 2019 (Monday) 10:00am - 12:00pm
Paddle through Nauset Marsh, around the base of historic Fort Hill, and into Town Cove. We'll take a break at Hopkins Island w... Learn More >
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