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!



Summer 2019 Courses

Handful of Diamondback Terrapin hatchlings © Terri Munson
Diamondback Terrapin hatchlings © Terri Munson

Migrants: Hawks to Warblers
May 17–19
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Hiking Backwoods & Beaches
June 15–16
2 days • Saturday-Sunday

Outer Cape by Kayak
June 21–23
3 days • Friday-Sunday

Hatching Diamondback Terrapins
September 13–15
3 days • Friday-Sunday


Fall 2019 Courses

Osprey adult & chick at West Dennis © Susan Wellington
Osprey adult & chick © Susan Wellington

Coastal Birding by Kayak
September 26–28
3 days • Thursday-Saturday

Fall Migrants
October 4–6
3 days Friday-Sunday

Hiking Backwoods & Beaches
October 19–20
2 days • Saturday-Sunday

Sea Turtle & Marine Animal Strandings
November 20–21
2 days • Wednesday-Thursday

Sea Turtle & Marine Animal Strandings
December 4–5
2 days • Wednesday-Thursday