Published on April 17, 2021

Even in the Off-Season, a Big Demand for Nature

family on the boardwalk trail

Everyone's need for nature has been clear over the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Wellfleet Bay’s latest visitor numbers show that the desire to be outdoors is only growing!

Winter on the Outer Cape is typically on the quiet side (to say the least). Nevertheless, nearly 1,500 people passed through the sanctuary's admissions desk during the first quarter of this year! That's up from just under 1,300 people during the same time period in 2020.

It's even more impressive when you consider that the building was closed for all of January 2021!

"People have been champing at the bit to do something outside," says office manager Betsy Ryder. "And the 2021 numbers tell only part of the story, because they're based on just the few days the building was open each week."

She notes many visitors have been second-home owners who spent the winter here but had never come to the sanctuary during the summer. She predicts the surge in visitors will prevail through the rest of the year.

Since the start of spring, the Nature Center has been expanding its operating days. As we increase our staffing, we hope to be back to a normal schedule this summer!

→ You can always check to see our current hours of operation. The sanctuary's trails are open every day from 7:30 am to 6 pm.