Field School: Hiking Backwoods and Beaches


2 classes (show schedule)
Sat, Oct 21, 2023
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun, Oct 22, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet


Melissa Lowe - Sanctuary Director, WBWS
Sean Kortis - Adult Education Coordinator, Mass Audubon Cape Cod






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

During this active weekend we will take the road less traveled, cover new ground, and experience the Cape at a beautiful time of year. Our extended hikes will explore the backwoods, remote beaches, dramatic dunes, quiet kettle ponds, and sheltering woodlands of the Outer Cape and take us to "hidden" parts of the Cape Cod National Seashore and local conservation areas that the average visitor and local rarely explore.

We will focus our hikes in the Truro and Wellfleet regions of the Outer Cape. One of the day hikes will be through the varied landscapes north of the Pamet River. We can expect to experience quiet pine woods, dramatic bluffs, hills and valleys, peeks of the Atlantic Ocean, and time on the Outer Beach. The second day-hike will explore the bayside with a hike from Bound Brook, along the Herring River, through the dunes, along the shoreline, and ending at Griffin Island. Along the way we will enjoy what the early summer season has to offer - serenading bird songs, beautiful wildflowers and warm weather.

Each walk will avarage 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.

While the routes of our walks do not allow for shortcuts, and the goal is to walk at a steady pace, we will also stop to enjoy the birds and other wildlife we may encounter. We will also take water breaks and stop for lunch. A shorter sunset walk at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is also schedules - a perfect way to the end the first day!

Please pack a brown bag lunch, drinking waster, and snacks for each day hike.

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! 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.

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

This course is one of several Cape Cod Field Schools offered. Visit to learn more.

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.