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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Field Schools

Cape Cod Field Schools

Horseshoe Crab © Nicole Gallup
Horseshoe Crab © Nicole Gallup

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

Summer Camp

Register for Summer Camp!

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

Cheep Eats

Next "Cheep Eats" is April 9

American Oystercatcher on shoreline © Paulina Zuckerman
American Oystercatcher © Paulina Zuckerman

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

Birding Programs

Spring Birds

American Woodcock catching a worm © Anna Jarosinski
American Woodcock © Anna Jarosinski

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

Sanctuary News & Events

Ceraldi at Wild Wild Wellfleet! in 2017

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event July 16, 2020

Make plans now to join us for this quintessential Cape Cod summer evening under the stars. Get a sneak peek at some of the exciting new live auction items planned for this year's event!

Education interns Rachel Rigolosi and Kathryn Borowicz

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet Bay's new education interns, Rachel Rigolosi and Kathryn Borowicz, have been busy from day one! Now that it's been a little over a month since they first arrived, we checked in and asked them to share their impressions of the Cape and their experiences thus far.

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Upcoming Programs

May 2, 2020 (Saturday) 9:00am - 10:00am
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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