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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Cheep Eats

Next "Cheep Eats" is April 11

Tree Swallows in midair © Kimberly Komers
Tree Swallows © Kimberly Komers

Bring a lunch & join us for this month's sociable, educational bird talk! 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. Find Programs >

Sanctuary News & Events

New York City flooding © Patrick McFall

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event April 20, 2019

Join us for a screening of Ocean Cities to find out what coastal cities and towns can do to confront the rising sea levels caused by climate change—and discover the mitigation projects some major cities have already implemented.

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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

March 30, 2019 (Saturday) 10:00am - 11:00am
Join a Wellfleet Bay naturalist on this leisurely hike to discover flowers blooming, birds returning and more as the sanctuary... Learn More >
April 5, 2019 (Friday) 7:00pm - 8:30pm
It's that time of year again; the woodcocks are dancing! The dazzling, aerial displays of the courting males are a springtime... Learn More >
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