Tucked away down a long winding road, the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is simply that: a sanctuary of diverse ecosystems nestled between Sandy Neck beach and Barnstable Harbor. Part of the Massachusetts network of Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, Long Pasture offers an extensive array of woodland and meadow trails, wildlife exhibits, and unique educational programs for both adults and children.
Perhaps their most popular events and activities are water-based. From ocean kayaking to standup paddle boarding, aquatic explorations to remote island cruises Long Pasture naturalists guide hundreds of visitors annually through local marshes and estuaries teeming with marine and wildlife.
Comprised of meadows, salt marsh, vernal pools, and ponds the 100+ acre sanctuary is a haven for nature lovers. Guests can purchased an annual membership that allows free entry to the grounds and exhibits, plus discounts on the many educational programs. A modest daily fee is also available. An added advantage of membership is the ability to launch a kayak from the beach, free use of the parking facilities, and access to the complete network of wildlife sanctuaries statewide.
Check out the full list of programs on their website. One upcoming event that’s sure to intrigue is the Barnstable Harbor Kayak and Climb Sandy Neck Lighthouse trip on Saturday May 27, 2017 from 12:30 to 3:00 PM. Adults: $43 (Members); $48 (Non-Members)
Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
345 Bone Hill Road
Barnstable, MA 02637
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM; Saturday–Sunday, 10 AM to 3 PM; Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Nonmembers: $4/adults, $3/children (2-12) and seniors (65+)
Long Pasture is just a short drive from our mid-Cape location, as are so many wonderful activities and adventures. It’s not too early to start planning your spring and summer getaways.