Field School: Coastal Ecology by Kayak


3 classes (show schedule)
Fri, Sep 29, 2023
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat, Sep 30, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, Oct 01, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet


Douglas Lowry - Senior Teacher Naturalist - South East Region
Sean Kortis - Adult Education Coordinator, Mass Audubon Cape Cod






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

From deep blue water to gently swaying marsh grass, the coast of Massachsetts is dynamic, diverse, and iconic. Learn about the diverse habitats and dynamic natural systems that occur where land meets sea, and their importance to wildlife and combating climate change.

This course takes a unique approach to studying the coast of Cape Cod as kayaks provide a great way to explore the more remote and private areas of the Outer Cape that are inaccessible by foot or larger boats. While we will spend the majority of the time paddling on the water, each day does include short stops to get out and explore beaches and uplands on foot.

Over the weekend, this course will explore a multitude of coastal ecosystems, habitats and natural processes. Field trips and topics will include (but are not limited to) the role of glaciers in chain of kettle ponds, salt marsh science in an iconic tidal river and beach and dune ecology of Great Island.

Important Reminders: Previous (recent) paddling experience and good swimming ability are required. This course does not provide paddling instruction for beginners. Participants must have basic paddling skills. Open water bodies in which you'll be experiencing both wind and tide is not where you want to learn how to steer a boat!

Participants may choose among available single kayaks. All equipment is provided; all participants must wear life jackets. We recommend that you bring sunscreen, windbreaker, hat, and drinking water. There are no facilities, such as restrooms or water fountains, at the meeting places.

*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.

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

This course is one of the several Cape Cod Field Schools offered. Visit to download a brochure.

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 2-3 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.