Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Bayview Trail 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: Info desk & restrooms open Wednesday–Saturday, 9:30 am–3:00 pm; Trails open daily, 7:30 am–7:30 pm

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Online Programs

Identifying Hawks in Flight • Online

Red-tailed Hawk young female © Michael Brokenshire
Young female Red-tailed Hawk © Michael Brokenshire

On September 9, get expert guidance on how to ID hawks from the ground. 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

Fantastic Fall Birds

Whimbrel arriving at Wellfleet Bay © Shawn Carey
Whimbrel © Shawn Carey

Join us for morning bird walks and offsite trips to local birding hotspots! Go birding >

Seasonal Programs & Activities

Kayak Trips

Field school participants kayaking © Jeff Buckley
© Jeff Buckley

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

Sanctuary News & Events

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Upcoming Programs

September 22, 2020 (Tuesday) 8:00-9:00am
Wellfleet Bay has re-established a bird banding station to study the migration of songbirds. The Sanctuary has a long history... Learn More >
September 29, 2020 (Tuesday) 8:00-9:00am
Wellfleet Bay has re-established a bird banding station to study the migration of songbirds. The Sanctuary has a long history... Learn More >
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