Cape Cod Field Schools

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Active Field Courses for Adults

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Since 1986, Wellfleet Bay has offered Cape Cod Field Schools, a wide variety of courses for adults that focus on the unique coastal environment and wildlife of Cape Cod. Field Schools emphasize active outdoor "in-the-field" experiences and are taught by professional naturalists and scientists. Courses are either 2 or 3 days in length—providing just enough time to become immersed in the subject.

The beaches, woods, dunes, and wetlands of Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the islands off Chatham, and the waters of Cape Cod provide the setting for the courses.

Previous experience is not required—all you need is an inquisitive mind and an eagerness to learn! 

2023 Courses

Adults hiking a beach during a Cape Cod Field School course

Coastal Birding for Beginners
May 5-7
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Cape Cod: Past, Present and Future
June 10–11 
2 days • Saturday-Sunday

Life in the Intertidal
June 23–25
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Bees and Other Pollinators
August 26–27
2 days • Saturday-Sunday

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Hatching Diamondback Terrapins
September 8–10
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Coastal Ecology by Kayak
September 29–October 1
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Birding the Fall Migration
October 6–8
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Hiking Backwoods and Beaches
October 21–22
2 days • Saturday-Sunday

Track & Sign: Reading the Wild Landscape - Fall Edition
November 3–5
3 days • Friday-Sunday