Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Vista from the Bay View Trail in spring 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. Please leave dogs and other pets at home.

Location: 291 State Highway Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: 508-349-2615
Hours: Trails open daily, 7:30 am–8 pm; Info desk & restrooms open Tuesday–Saturday, 9 am-4 pm

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In-Person Programs

In-Person Programs

Starting in late June, families and adults alike can enjoy naturalist-led programs at the sanctuary. Sign up >

Field Schools

Cape Cod Field Schools

Get outdoors & learn from experts in our active, multi-day courses for adults. See 2021 schedule >

Sanctuary News & Events

Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting monarda flower (Kristin Foresto/Mass Audubon)

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Doris Countryman, a longtime volunteer who shared her love of birds and nature, left a special legacy to Wellfleet Bay so the place where she spent so much time enjoying nature could continue helping others enjoy it for years to come.

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Upcoming Programs

June 24, 2021 (Thursday) 4:30-6:00pm
Look for diamondback terrapins, a threatened species of salt marsh turtle. During June and July we'll walk along sanctuary tra... Learn More >
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