Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
boardwalk trail through a grassy meadow
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Programs for Schools at Wellfleet Bay

Through field studies and classroom explorations, Mass Audubon school programs provide hands-on, inquiry-based experiences with science content and practices. 

Our educators enhance students’ scientific understanding of species and habitats; ecological concepts such as food webs, cycles, systems, adaptation, and evolution; climate change; and interrelationships between people and nature. 

About Mass Audubon Cape Cod and Wellfleet Bay

Mass Audubon Cape Cod encompasses six wildlife sanctuaries, including two with nature centers and laboratory classrooms at Long Pasture and Wellfleet Bay. Our sanctuaries are home to a variety of coastal habitats including salt marsh, sandy beach, and tidal flats, as well as forest and freshwater wetlands, vernal pools, and ponds.

Wellfleet Bay comprises 1,183 acres overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. Five miles of trails—including a universally accessible All Persons Trail—take you through a variety of habitats, including salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands, each attracting a wide array of wildlife. The LEED Platinum-rated "green" nature center features an exhibit hall, fresh and saltwater aquaria, and a laboratory classroom.

Program Types

In-School and at the Sanctuary

Whether you want to bring nature into the classroom or take lessons outside, our programs for schools offer insight into New England habitats and native species and enrich natural history and science lessons while strengthening students’ connections to the environment.

Wellfleet Bay offers field trip programs for schools at the wildlife sanctuary, in-school programs led by a Mass Audubon teacher naturalist, and hybrid programs that incorporate both an in-class and in-the-field experience. 

Download the Cape Cod School Programs brochure to learn more about our offerings and contact us to design the right program for your needs.

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What to Expect When You Visit

Are you preparing to visit us with a group of students, including those with special needs? If so, we encourage you to review this step-by-step photo tour (Social Story) of Wellfleet Bay that shows you what to expect.

download Visiting Wellfleet Bay (3.3 MB)

Teacher Professional Development

Mass Audubon’s Professional Development programs are designed to increase content knowledge, provide teachers with hands-on, STEM-focused learning experiences, and offer resources for teaching engaging, inquiry-based science lessons in the schoolyard or classroom. In-person and virtual workshops are available, along with consulting and site visits.

Mass Audubon works with districts and schools to engage Pre-K–Grade 12 teachers in meaningful professional development experiences that immerse teachers in the science of nature and the nature of science, furthering teacher expertise in nature-based learning, climate change, environmental literacy, environmental justice, and inquiry-based science. Our instructors are experienced educators, deeply interested in the experiences of teachers, and able to relate to the challenges of classroom teaching.

Mass Audubon offers both school-based PD programs to engage an entire grade level team or department in a deep dive on a particular topic or unit, as well as virtual and in-person public workshops throughout the year that are open to any educator. For an immersive experience, try one of our professional development Summer Institutes!

Learn more about teacher PD at Mass Audubon