Sea Turtle Open House

Sponsored by Wellfleet Bay


Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet MA


(suitable for children 0 & up)


Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Drop in to learn more about sea turtles and why they strand on the beaches of Cape Cod in the late fall, and get a behind-the-scenes look at rescue efforts. The past stranding seasons have been very busy. What will this year's stranding season be like?

The open house is free with sanctuary admission or membership.

This “open house” will feature on-going exhibits including a photo exhibit of our rescue program, touch tables with turtle shells and skulls, a craft table for kids, family-friendly sea turtle games and more. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. If the winds are right, you may have the opportunity to witness live sea turtles as they are being brought into our sanctuary for the start of their rehabilitation.

Special FREE programming during the open house includes:

12:30-1 PM: Lecture: Studying Sea Turtles Through Videography

Samir Patel, Senior Research Biologist at the Coonamessett Farm Foundation, will share some of what scientists have learned through CFF's sea turtle research projects. Get a rare glimpse at underwater footage from camera tags deployed on leatherbacks and from remotely operated vehicle (ROV) observations of loggerheads.

1:30-2 PM: Creature Feature: Turtles of Cape Cod

Meet the shelled creatures of the sanctuary and learn about the fascinating lives of turtles. Everyone will have a chance to touch critters and special artifacts. This program is geared toward families.

2:30-3 PM: Lecture: Disentangling Sea Turtles

Scott Landry, Director of Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) at the Center for Coastal Studies, will share what data is gathered from disentanglements and how that science-based information guides conservation efforts.

In addition to the open house we will be offering Sea Turtle Patrol walks from 1:30-3:30 pm and a screening of the documentary film Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction from 3:30 pm - 5 pm. Fees apply for these additional programs and pre-registration is required. Call 508-349-2615 for more information and to register.

Instructions and Directions:

Drop in anytime on Saturday, November 24 between noon and 4 pm.

The open house is free with regular sanctuary admission (free admission for Mass Audubon members; $8 for non-member adults, $3 for non-member children and $5 non-member seniors).

Registration not required.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

P.O. Box 236, State Highway Rte. 6
South Wellfleet, MA 02663