Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach
Wildlife Sanctuary

You're Invited to Sanctuary by Starlight

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.


Animal Stories

Animal Stories for Preschoolers is story time, a fun project or activity, and sometimes a surprise animal guest.  This program is for children ages 3-5.
October 2, 9, 16, 23; Click for more information.
Please resgister by calling 920-291-3671.

Trail Fitness Walks

Wednesdays in September and October at 12 noon.  FREE!  Meet at the Nature Center.

Halloween Event

Calling Youth Actors

Halloween Event Rehearsal

We are looking for a few area students to volunteer for the Annual Halloween Event.  Rehearsals are Monday nights at 6:00 PM.  The event is Saturday, October 21 starting at 6:00 PM; a dress rehearsal on Friday, October 20.  Please call 920-391-3677 if you are interested.

Hours change

Park hours will change on September 15 to 8 AM – 4:30 PM for the whole park.  Longer hours will resume April 15, 2018.

Sanctuary by Starlight

Saturday, October 7
6:00-10:00 PM

You’re invited to a fundraiser for “A Natural Expansion.” Stay as the sun sets. Walk lighted pathways. Listen to the birds and waterfall, and appreciate the sanctuary in a new way. 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.