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.


Groundbreaking for Natural Expansion!

Excitement and appreciation ruled the day as major donors, area education leaders, political leaders, Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary Board members, community members, Wildlife Sanctuary staff and 4K kindergarten families came together for a groundbreaking ceremony for A Natural Expansion. A red tailed hawk was released into the wild as the final cap to the ceremony! Click to read more…

Site Intern Trainee and Seasonal Maintenance Employees - 2018

Thank You for Site Preparation!

Despite triple digit temperatures in the last few weeks, our 2 Rangers, Paul Leicht and Austin Larsen; Site Intern Trainee, Caleb; and Seasonal Maintenance Employees, Michael Pham and Allie Kratz helped to transform the area where the Natural Expansion building addition will go and the groundbreaking ceremony was held. Their determination and grit are very much appreciated! (Shown in photo left to right: Caleb, Michael, Allie)

Trail Fitness Walks

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: Aug 3 at 8:30am
Sep 5, 12, 19, 26 at noon
Location: Nature Center Foyer
Cost: FREE!

Environmental Education Award

The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary’s OAK Learning Center nature-based 4-year-old kindergarten program received the Environmental Education Award from the Brown County Conservation Alliance. Read more…

13th Annual Walk for Wildlife – Sep 15, 2018

Get ready for the major annual fundraiser for R-PAWS, our animal rehabilitation program which helps over 5,500 orphaned, injured, and ill wild animals found by the public every year in need of help. Fill up your pledge sheets and mark your calendars! 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.