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. While nothing beats actually being there, click on links below to begin your journey through the sanctuary’s many offerings.


Billie Kress Eagle Release

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, we were honored to release an eagle in memory of Irene “Billie” Kress, a longtime environmental advocate and community philanthropist. Click to read more…

Birthday Party Animals

2018 Milestone Animal Birthdays

We have some of our beloved animal friends reaching milestone birthdays this year!  Click the link below to see!

2018 Milestone Birthdays

Animal Stories for Preschoolers

Each program starts with a story and is enhanced with a variety of activities such as a craft, live animal visit, games, songs or an outdoor adventure.
Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Pre-register: Call (920) 391-3671 or online at

Trail Fitness Walks

Join a naturalist for fast paced and energetic walk on our trails. Please wear sturdy shoes! Trail is unpaved and uneven in areas.
Dates: Wednesdays in March
Time: noon
Cost: FREE!

The Keystone – Dawne Cramer

On Tuesday, November 27th, after a truly remarkable battle with cancer we said our final “Goodbye” to our revered Park, Recreation and Forestry Director, Dawne Cramer.  Click to 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 is nearing the $2.5 million funding level needed to break ground! We’re so close. Can you help? Read more…

Click on Page Titles for More Information!

About Us

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

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.


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


Trail information, trail map and WLS blog.


Fishing etiquette, finishing information 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.