Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach
Wildlife Sanctuary

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


Public Snowshoe Hike

Program is weather and snow conditions dependent. Maximum of 20 people per hike. Snowshoes provided or you can bring your own. Snowshoe hikes meet at the Observation Building. Come dressed for the weather. Check our Facebook page for updates.
Friday, January 19 at 10:30am or 12:30pm
Pre-registration Required: Call (920) 391-3671 or click register online.
Cost: $5.00 per person

Electronics Recycling

Drop off old TVs, computer equipment (monitors, CPUs, mice, keyboards, fax, printers, network equipment and any standard office equipment), household electronics such as CD, DVD, and VHS players, stereo equipment, vacuums, read more…
Saturday, January 20 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Nature Center Parking Lot
Fees: Varied

Ski and Tea

Join a naturalist for a 45-60 minute turn on our ski trail and then come back inside to warm up with a hot beverage and a treat. Must have own skis and program is weather and condition dependent. Meet at the ski trailhead by the Nature Center amphitheater.
Tuesday-Wednesday, January 23 and 24 at 2:00pm
Pre-Registration: Call (920) 391-3671 or click register online.
Cost: $5.00 per person.

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…

Frosty Family Fun Night

Live animal friends, night walks, horse drawn wagon rides, bonfire and s’mores, crafts, live folk music, and more!
Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 from 5:00-8:00pm
Cost: FREE for Friends members or $5.00 for a family or carload.
Registration: No registration required. Call 920-391-3685 for more information.

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.