Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

View from the heathland in late summer 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, 7 am–dusk

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Featured Program(s)

Search for Stranded Sea Turtles

Sea turtle patrol in action © Esther Horvath
© Esther Horvath

Help us find cold-stunned sea turtles stranded on Cape Cod Bay beaches. Sign up >

Bird Research in Action

See Bird Research in Action

Ruby & Golden-crowned Kinglets at bird banding station © Dan Lipp
Ruby & Golden-crowned Kinglets © Dan Lipp

Get a first-hand look at the bird banding process this fall. Save your spot >

Cheep Eats

"Cheep Eats" on December 12

Red-tailed Hawk on snowy branch at Wellfleet Bay © Kim Barillot
Red-tailed Hawk © Kim Barillot

Bring a lunch & join us each month for these sociable, educational bird talks! Register now >

Birding Programs

Early Winter Birds

Bufflehead female © Susan Wellington
Bufflehead © Susan Wellington

We have lots of great birding walks and trips for all ages and experience levels! Go birding >

Sanctuary News & Events

NEAQ loggerhead release at Craigville Beach © Karen Strauss

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 30, 2019

Drop in over Thanksgiving weekend to learn more about sea turtles, find out why they strand on the beaches of Cape Cod in the fall, and enjoy an afternoon of sea turtle-inspired activities!

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Upcoming Programs

November 16, 2019 (Saturday) 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Gear up for Thanksgiving with this good-natured, naturalist-led hunt for the sanctuary's roaming posse of turkeys. On this wal... Learn More >
November 30, 2019 (Saturday) 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in to learn more about sea turtles and why they strand on the beaches of Cape Cod in the late fall, and get a behind-the-... Learn More >
November 30, 2019 (Saturday) 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Search for cold-stunned juvenile sea turtles stranded on Cape Cod Bay beaches on the high tide. Learn about sea turtle biology... Learn More >
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