Orleans Conservation Trust

The Orleans Conservation Trust was founded in 1970 as a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance natural areas in the Town of Orleans for the use and benefit of the community.

Since its founding, the Trust has preserved more than 635 acres in Orleans through deeded gifts, land purchases, and private conservation restrictions.

The Orleans Conservation Trust and Town of Orleans have 12 conservation areas that contain trails, each unique in its own way.


Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Located on the Outer Cape, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary features 1,200 acres of salt marsh, pine woodlands, fields, and sandy beach, and our new green nature center boasts a large auditorium, laboratory, and dormitory for overnight stays. Staff expertise and areas of specialty for adult groups include shorebird natural history, turtle research, coastal ecology, geology of Cape Cod, and wildlife cruises.

Birding in Orleans also includes shorebird sightings at the beaches and glimpses of songbirds, birds of prey and migrating species at local ponds and along a variety of walking trails.