Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Marsh overlook in spring at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet Bay provides peace and unmatched beauty on the hillsides and shoreline overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. Extensive trails bring you to a panoramic salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands, each attracting a wide array of wildlife. The sanctuary features a universally accessible trail and an award-winning “green” nature center with numerous exhibits and aquariums. 

Location: 291 State Highway Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: 508-349-2615
Hours: Open daily, 9 am–4:30 pm; Trails open daily, 8 am–dusk

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Bird Research in Action

See Bird Research in Action

Common Yellowthroat getting banded © Elora Grahame
Common Yellowthroat © Elora Grahame

Get a first-hand look at the bird banding process this spring. Register now >

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is Open!

Wellfleet Bay camper with two Horseshoe Crabs

Register now for Wellfleet Bay’s day camp sessions for ages 3–14. Learn more >

Seasonal Walks

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Get Some Fresh Air

Join us on the trail to experience the season's beauty. Upcoming walks >

Birding Programs (text-only)

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Go Birding at Wellfleet

We have birding programs for all ages and experience levels. See programs >

Sanctuary News & Events

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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event May 25, 2019

The sanctuary will be alive with music and storytelling to celebrate the first official weekend of summer! Take a relaxed stroll and enjoy performances along the way.

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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet Bay has been chosen as a beneficiary of the 2019 Seaside Le Mans race! This extraordinary opportunity will help expand our conservation science education programs to underserved children, strengthen existing school programs, and provide new learning opportunities at the sanctuary.

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Upcoming Programs

May 25, 2019 (Saturday) 8:00am - 9:00am
Wellfleet Bay has re-established a bird banding station to study the migration of songbirds. The Sanctuary has a long history... Learn More >
May 26, 2019 (Sunday) 10:00am - 12:00pm
Use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife on the sanctuary's beach at low tide. Our w... Learn More >
May 26, 2019 (Sunday) 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Join Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott to discover our box turtle monitoring and research practices in an indoor presentation th... Learn More >
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