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.


Friends Volunteer Dinner

Electronics Recycling Drive

Recycle your old computer, fax, printer, TV, other electronics and household appliances. A portion of the fees will go to support the Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary. There is a fee for TVs ($15.00 each) and Monitors ($10.00 each). Volunteers will help you unload your electronics! Thank you for your support!

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Drop off area is lower lot of Nature Center

A Stone's Throw Away

September Birdseed Sale!

Each year, a primary support group called Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary sponsors multiple Birdseed Sales. Please buy bulk seeds through these sales to keep your birds and the Sanctuary healthy and happy! Click Buy Birdseed Online to place your orders online, or click Birdseed Sale Brochure to print the order form and send your order in the mail. We offer a great variety of types of seed that will satisfy our local bird populations!

A Natural Expansion Campaign

Kids Autumn Adventure

Free event sponsored by Thursday Breakfast Optimist Club. Enjoy apple tasting, mask making, horse-drawn wagon rides, live animals, scavenger hunt and more! Free lunch from 11:00- 1:00 pm!

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fee: Free
Note: Check our Calendar or Facebook page for cancellations

Come Play at the Sanctuary

Trail Fitness Walk

Walk for fitness led by a Naturalist on Sanctuary trail system. We will walk for approximately 45 minutes at a brisk pace. Some uneven terrain, not paved. Bring your own water bottle and mosquito repellent (when needed). Click the Calendar or Facebook for weather-related updates.

Dates: Wednesdays, Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Nature Center Foyer
Fee: Free
Registration: Please call (920) 391-3671 so we know that we can expect you!

Young Citizen Scientist Camp

Animal Stories for Preschoolers

This popular program is now offered for FREE! It’s held every Monday of the month. For ages 3-5. Each program starts with a story and is enhanced with a variety of activities. Adult is required to stay with the child. Program is held by the hollow tree exhibit on the main floor of the Nature Center!

Dates: Every Monday from Sep through Dec, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Nature Center main floor
Fee: Free
Note: Adult required to stay with child. Check our Calendar or Facebook page for weather-related cancellations

Friday Fun with Birds

Wolf Talk and Feeding

Come to the Woodland Building to see our wolves being fed! Stick around after to talk with staff and volunteers about the wolves and their behavior! Click the Calendar or Facebook for weather-related updates.

Wednesdays, Aug 28, and Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019
Saturdays, Aug 31, and Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019
Times: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Location: Woodland Building
Fee: Free

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.
A Natural Expansion