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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

P.O. Box 236, 291 State Highway Route 6
South Wellfleet, MA 02663
voice: (508) 349-2615 ~ fax: (508) 349-2632
email: info@wellfleetbay.org
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Sanctuary Information

The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Massachusetts Audubon's largest and most beautiful sanctuaries. Here visitors can explore more than 5 miles of magnificent nature trails that traverse salt marsh, pine woods, freshwater ponds, coastal heathland, sandplain, grassland, barrier beach, and tidal flats. No matter the season, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful place to observe wildlife and develop a better appreciation for the unique eco-systems that are permanently protected here.

Our beautiful new nature center offers you the opportunity to view a wide array of natural history exhibits, including a bird watcher's corner, orientation map, habitat mural and a marine aquaria. This state-of-the-art environmental center also serves as the focal point for many educational and entertaining programs that are offered year-round. Natural history cruises, canoe trips, Monomoy Island tours, bird walks, workshops, day camps, family programs and much, much more are available for your enjoyment at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

The best way to keep informed on all that's happening at Wellfleet Bay is to become a member of Massachusetts Audubon.


Hours and Admission

Sanctuary trails are open 365 days a year from 8 am to dusk. The nature center is open daily, 8:30 am to 5 pm, through Columbus Day, closed Mondays after Columbus Day. Admission is free to Massachusetts Audubon members. The fee for nonmembers is $3/adult, $2/child.


Support Wellfleet Bay

Massachusetts Audubon is celebrating its Centennial - 100 years of wildlife conservation and environmental literacy among our state's residents. We've accomplished a lot in the past century, but with each passing day we recognize how much more there is to do - reaching out to more school children, preserving critical ecosystems before they're lost forever, and encouraging our elected representatives to enact legislation that will protect our environment.

All of this activity has a very real cost, and one that we can't meet solely through membership and program fees. Virtually every sanctuary at Massachusetts Audubon requires significant financial support from the Society's endowment funds, but there are only just so many dollars available for this purpose, and that means that sanctuaries are often unable to accomplish all that needs to be done.

If you believe in Wellfleet Bay, and want us to continue to teach children and adults about the world of nature and continue to protect critical wildlife habitat, then we ask you to think about establishing a Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Gift Annuity, participating in the Society's Pooled Income Fund or House to Habitat program, or remembering us through the terms of your will or as part of a trust arrangement. You can make a very real difference at Wellfleet Bay. For more information, please call 617-259-9500.