Field School: Coastal Communities of Cape Cod


2 classes (show schedule)
Sat, Oct 29, 2022
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun, Oct 30, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet


Sean Kortis - Adult Education Coordinator, Mass Audubon Cape Cod






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

In this course, we will celebrate the components, creatures, and relationships that make our coastline vibrant, fascinating, essential, and awe-inspiring. We'll learn about the ecology of several different coastal habitats, including mud flats, salt marshes, and barrier beaches, and the plants and animals uniquely adapted to live within them.

Our field studies will also explore the unique aspects that are essential for keeping seaside communities safe from extreme weather events, flooding, and other climate-related impacts. This course will also offer an understanding of the coastal processes that shape Cape Cod and an introduction to the various tools and solutions available to help protect these habitats, and the wildlife and people who depend on them.

Our day hikes will traverse through the varied coastal landscapes of Cape Cod - from dramatic dunes and bluffs of the Atlantic, to the vast and vibrant vistas of our salt marsh systems, and to the beautiful expanses along the tidal flats and barrier beaches of Cape Cod Bay.

Each walk will average 4-5 miles in length and on varied terrain-from established wooded trails to beach sand and up-and-down a few hills and dunes. We will stop to enjoy the birds, including migratory waterfowl, and other wildlife we may encounter. We will also take water breaks and stop for lunch.

Please pack a brown bag lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinking water.

Please dress in layers and dress for the weather (we will walk in all weather conditions). Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes for walking. You might consider bringing binoculars, and a notepad or journal—you never know when inspiration strikes—but keep gear to a minimum so as to keep it light for the long treks! A backpack in which to carry your gear is also needed.

*Please note: the hours listed on the schedule may vary from the sample schedule in the field school brochure and are subject to change based on tides, staff, optimal wildlife sightings, and other variables. A detailed schedule will be prepared and sent to registrants at approximately 3-4 weeks in advance.

This course is one of several Cape Cod Field Schools offered. To learn more, visit

Instructions and Directions:

Advance registration is required and is accepted on-line, over the phone, or through the mail. Payment in full is due upon registration. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation letter, then 3-4 weeks in advance of your course you will receive an email with detailed information related to the class.

Due to COVID protocols, participants will need to provide their own transportation to field trip locations around the Cape.

Cancellations must be received in writing (via email or regular mail) 30 days before starting date to receive a full refund (less a $50 nonrefundable administration fee per registrant).

Cancellation received less than 30 days before starting date may result in forfeit of entire course fee. If we can fill your spot with another registration then your balance is returned, less the $50 nonrefundable administration fee. The sanctuary reserves the right to cancel any course with a full refund to registrants.

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Registration is required.

Meeting Place:

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
291 US-6
South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Email [email protected] for more information.