Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Salt marsh 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: Trails open Tuesday–Sunday, 7:30 am–7:30 pm

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Online Programs

Coastal Habitats • Online

Least Tern nesting with chick on a beach © Kevin Karlson
Least Terns © Kevin Karlson

Join us on August 19 to learn all about coastal habitats in Massachusetts. Register now >

Field Schools

Cape Cod Field Schools

Common Buckeye butterfly on aster flower © Sherri VandenAkker
Common Buckeye © Sherri VandenAkker

Get outdoors & learn from experts in our active, multi-day courses for adults. See 2020 schedule >

Birding Programs

Summer Birds

Great Blue Heron wading in summer water at Wellfleet Bay © Sherri VandenAkker
Great Blue Heron © Sherri VandenAkker

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

Summer Kayaking

Kayak Trips

Explore the Outer Cape's beautiful salt marshes, ponds, and rivers by kayak. Upcoming trips >

Sanctuary News & Events

Wellfleet Bay campers exploring the salt marsh

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event August 21-27, 2020

Get ready to experience all the excitement of our annual live auction fundraiser without leaving your home! We've gone digital this year so you can stay safe while supporting the sanctuary's conservation and education programs.

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Upcoming Programs

August 20, 2020 (Thursday) 8:00am - 10:00am
Experience the best of morning bird activity with a Wellfleet Bay naturalist on this walk along Goose Pond Trail. From pine wo... Learn More >
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