Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Overview

    Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
291 State Highway
Wellfleet, MA 02663
(508) 349-2615

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Wellfleet Bay provides peace and unmatched beauty on the hillsides and shoreline overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. Extensive trails bring you to a panoramic salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands, each attracting a wide array of wildlife. The sanctuary features a universally accessible trail and an award-winning ''green'' nature center with numerous exhibits and aquariums.

Trail Mileage
5 miles (universally accessible: 0.5 miles round-trip)

Sanctuary Highlights
Fiddler crabs scurrying in the salt marsh and green herons fishing in Goose Pond.
Summer camp programs in Wellfleet and Chatham designed to promote curiosity about the natural world.
Year-round programs for all ages based on research and conservation projects focusing on threatened shorebirds, terrapins, horseshoe crabs, and sea turtles.
Hands-on activities during wildlife cruises in Cape Cod Bay and Nauset Marsh.
Cape Cod Field School with courses for adults that focus on the area's unique coastal environment and wildlife.

At Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, we offer a multitude of fun and educational nature-based programs year round for students from preschool through high school. Schools and groups that visit our sanctuary participate in field walks, natural history presentations, and experiential research projects.

Our teacher-naturalists also travel to schools and community venues to deliver inquiry-based natural history lessons. We also lead outdoor explorations of areas beyond our sanctuary’s borders including dune hikes, canoe trips on kettle ponds, and boat trips in Wellfeet Harbor and Nauset Marsh.

Wellfleet Bay hosts a wide variety of birds year-round. Join us on an upcoming birding program or go birding on your own. Whichever you choose, bring the checklist of birds you might see at Wellfleet Bay.

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