Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach
Wildlife Sanctuary

Keep Our Wildlife Safe

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful 600 acre urban wildlife refuge featuring live animal exhibits, educational displays, miles of hiking/skiing trails and various wildlife viewing opportunities. Please click Keep Our Wildlife Safe for some springtime tips. Click on Parking Map to see traffic flow during the Natural Expansion construction. While nothing beats actually being there, click on links below to begin your journey through the sanctuary’s many offerings.


Come Play at the Sanctuary

Six days of the week we have programs for the public to enjoy, like Otter Odysseys, Marvelous Mammals, Wolf Feeding and Talk, Awesome Ambassadors and Enrichment, Fantastic Felines and Cool Corvids. Click Calendar to see when the programs are scheduled. Click Map Out Your Day to see the many playing, hiking and observation areas to enjoy in our 600 acre park.

Friday Fun Day – Birding

Bring your 8-12 year old children to join us for a beautiful morning of birding at the Sanctuary. Learn about different nests, calls and identification of Wisconsin’s finest feathered friends. Bring your own binoculars and bird guide if you have them or some will be provided.

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019
Time: 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Ages: 8-12
Location: Meet at Nature Center
Fee: $5.00.
Attendees: Minimum of 10, Maximum of 20
Pre-Registration Required: Call (920) 391-3671 to register

We’re a Stone’s Throw Away from Finishing!

The entry of The Natural Expansion takes shape along with myriad other areas of the building. An impressive stone chimney rises from the building while cultured stone is applied to other portions of the exterior. In-floor heating will warm the porcelain tile floors. Want to make your mark with a finishing project donation? There’s still room on the donor board, and we have a wish list of needed items! To see more images and text, click Read more…

Friends Volunteer Picnic

We would not be a successful wildlife refuge without the help of our wonderful FOWLS members, volunteers and interns! You’re invited to join us as we recognize these individuals at our Volunteer Picnic. The meat will be provided, but we ask participants to bring a dish to pass.

Date: Thursday, August 8
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Fee: Bring a dish to pass
RSVP: Call (920) 391-3671 by Tuesday, August 6

Young Citizen Scientists Summer Camp

Is your older child (11-14) interested in doing research about nature and wildlife? We’ll learn about identification methods, what questions to ask, how to conduct an investigation and proper data collection. Lunch is served daily after camp. Come prepared to have fun! Click Summer Camps for Kids to read more. Check the Calendar to see at a glance if the camp is still open.

Date: Mon-Thur, Aug 12-15, 2019
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: Nature Center
Fee: $45.00/resident, $67.50 /non-resident
Registration: Call (920) 391-3671 to register

A Natural Expansion

A Natural Expansion, our capital campaign to build a 12,800 square foot addition adjacent to the current Nature Center building reached the funding level needed to break ground! We’re underway, but could still use your support. There are room naming opportunities, as well as opportunities to help with furnishings, and more. Can you help? Read more…

Click on Page Titles for More Information!


Link to the Sanctuary calendar.

Getting Here

Map and directions.

Map Out Your Day!

Map of the park itself with descriptions of buildings, special habitats and things to do.

Facility Hours and Phone Numbers

Summer and winter hours, as well as phone numbers for the different buildings.


Answers to frequently asked questions.


Trail information, trail map and WLS blog.


Fishing rules and etiquette, and Manger Lagoon information.


Information about wheelchair accessible areas of the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Room Rentals

Spaces available for rental, descriptions, floor plans and policies.

Photo Policy

Important information about shooting photos at the Wildlife Sanctuary.

About Us

Brief overview of the Wildlife Sanctuary, including Mission and Goals.