Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Heathland in late fall at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary © Ronald Reynolds
© Ronald Reynolds

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: Tuesday–Sunday, 9 am–4:30 pm; Trails open daily, 7 am–dusk

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Summer Camp

Register for Summer Camp!

We offer day camp sessions for campers ages 3–14 at two Cape Cod locations. Sign up now >

Seasonal Walks

Winter Hiking Series

Explore a new location each month from December to February. See the schedule >

Cheep Eats

Next "Cheep Eats" is February 13

Green-winged Teal © Matt Filosa
Green-winged Teal © Matt Filosa

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

Snowy Owl by Joel Wagner/Mass Audubon

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event February 15, 2020

Join us for a screening of Snowy Owl: Queen of the North to witness the highs, lows, and challenges a breeding pair of Snowy Owls face while trying to raise their young on Alaska's North Slope.

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Upcoming Programs

January 31, 2020 (Friday) 8:00am - 2:00pm
The Cape Cod Canal is a dynamic and busy system. In the winter, thousands of sea ducks, loons and grebes concentrate in the sh... Learn More >
February 5, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:30am - 11:30am
Hike out the Hatches Harbor fire road to Race Point in search of winter Gulls, Alcids and Seabirds. Learn More >
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