Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Marsh overlook 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. 

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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Bird Research in Action

See Bird Research in Action

Common Yellowthroat getting banded © Elora Grahame
Common Yellowthroat © Elora Grahame

Get a first-hand look at the bird banding process this spring. Register now >

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is Open!

Wellfleet Bay camper with two Horseshoe Crabs

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

Seasonal Walks

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Get Some Fresh Air

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

Birding Programs (text-only)

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Go Birding at Wellfleet

We have birding programs for all ages and experience levels. See programs >

Sanctuary News & Events

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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

April 25, 2019 (Thursday) 8:00am - 10:00am
Experience the best of morning bird activity with a Wellfleet Bay naturalist on this walk along Goose Pond Trail. From pine wo... Learn More >
April 27, 2019 (Saturday) 8:00am - 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 >
April 27, 2019 (Saturday) 9:00am - 12:30pm
Since 1998 the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has been studying the spring migration of hawks over the Outer Cape to learn m... Learn More >
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