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.


Snakes Celebration and Terrific Turtles

Snakes Celebration and Terrific Turtles

Come touch and meet a few of our live program snakes and turtles!

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Critter Counter area of the Observation Building
Fee: Free
Note: Check our Calendar or Facebook page for cancellations

Memorial Day - Animal Ambassador

Memorial Day Weekend

Looking for a family-fun activity for Memorial Day? The Wildlife Sanctuary is open this weekend and on Monday, May 27th. Click for Hours. On Monday there will be animal enrichment activities too! Awesome Ambassadors is at 11 a.m. in the Critter Counter area in the Observation Building, and Wolf Feeding and Talk starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Woodland Building.

Summer Camps for Kids

Register now for 2019 Summer Camps! Camps start in mid-June. All camps run Monday-Thursday. Space is limited so register early! 12 camp options from Fantastic Beasts to Young Citizen Scientists and much more. Age requirement varies by camp (from age 4 to 14). Lunch is served daily. Come prepared to have fun! Click Summer Camps for Kids to read more. Call 920-391-3671 to register.

Foundation Laid, Walls Going Up!

The Natural Expansion foundation is laid, the walls are going up and soon there will be a roof over our heads. Through the generosity of our many donors, the Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary are building a beautiful and unique space for our visitors to gather while they are surrounded by the ever-changing panorama of nature. Read more…

Don Renard Donates Trout!

Don Renard, a successful local area businessman, has a personal and life-long relationship with the Wildlife Sanctuary. In the spring of each year, Don donates 2,000 trout to stock the lagoons at the Wildlife Sanctuary. They’re intended for children under the age of 15 and the disabled so they get the rush of joy “catchin’ a fish”. Read more…

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.