Located off Route 6A on Bone Hill Road in Barnstable, Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is a serene and peaceful place that offers million dollar views of Sandy Neck Barrier Beach and Barnstable Great Marsh. Capture that old Cape magic by strolling the sanctuary’s varied woodland trails and butterfly-filled meadows. Over two miles of trails traverse a variety of Mid-Cape habitats. Seasonal programs include kayaking, aquatic excursions, and tours of Cuttyhunk and Elizabeth islands.
Nature Sanctuary Highlights
Live animal exhibits representing local rare species conservation projects in the Nature Center.
Year-round and seasonal programs and classes, including water-based programs such as kayaking, aquatic exploration cruises, tours of Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands, and Barnstable Harbor excursions.
Gentle woodland and meadow walking trails that traverse a variety of habitats in the mid-Cape.
Many species of butterflies to observe flittering around the Butterfly Mosaic trail and bees in action in the bee observation hive.
A Nature Play Area, seasonal interpretive bee hive, Purple Martin colony, and seasonal goat encounter programs (great for young children!).
Kayak Trips (see scheduled trips here)
During weekly kayak trips throughout the summer, explore remote areas of the Cape including estuaries, marshes, harbors and islands. Cruise aboard the Sea Swan out of Hyannis to learn about the marine life of Nantucket Sound. Gain your sea legs on Barnstable Harbor atop a stand-up paddleboard. Experience the Elizabeth Islands with Long Pasture naturalists to learn about the unique shorebird colonies that inhabit them.
SEE PROGRAM LIST HERE!
Nature Sanctuary Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 9 am–4 pm; Saturday–Sunday, 10 am–3 pm; closed Monday;
Trails Open daily, dawn to dusk