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, 3, or 4 days in length—providing just enough time to become immersed in the subject.

The beaches, woods, dunes, and wetlands of the 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!

Piping plover chick © Matt Filosa
© Matt Filosa


Spring 2018 Courses

May 11–13
Coastal Birding for Beginners

June 2–3
Hiking Backwoods & Beaches

June 22–24
Turtles of the Outer Cape

Summer 2018 Courses

Kayaking © Melissa Lowe
© Melissa Lowe

August 3–5
Wildlife Photography

August 25–26
Full Moon Retreat

September 7–9
Shorebirds & Seabirds

September 14–16
Whales & Seals of Cape Cod

Hikers © M. Lowe
© M. Lowe

Fall 2018 Courses

September 21–23
Outer Cape by Kayak

September 29–30
Our Changing Coastline

October 19–21
Fall Migrants

October 27–28
Hiking Backwoods & Beaches

November 28–29
Sea Turtle &  Marine Animal Strandings

December 5–6
Sea Turtle &  Marine Animal Strandings