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! 

2022 Courses

Hiking Backwoods & Beaches
April 30–May 1
2 days • Saturday-Sunday

Adults hiking a beach during a Cape Cod Field School course

Coastal Birding for Beginners
May 13–15 
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Turtles of the Outer Cape
June 17–19
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Introduction to Shorebirds
September 9–11
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Coastal Ecology by Kayak
September 16–18
3 days • Friday-Sunday

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Birding Fall Migration
September 30–October 2
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Hiking Backwoods and Beaches
October 15–16
2 days • Saturday-Sunday

Coastal Communities of Cape Cod
October 29–30
2 days • Saturday-Sunday

Tracks & Signs: Reading the Wild Landscape
December 3–4
2 days • Saturday-Sunday