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.


E-Recycling for Earth Day

E-Recycling for Earth Day

Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary and Norsec Computer Recyclers are holding an Electronics Recycling Drive in honor of Earth Day. Norsec Computer Recyclers LLC provides an environmentally responsible solution to electronics disposal needs, and all fees benefit the Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary. Read more…

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Location: Nature Center parking lot

2019 Earth Day Events!

Come join us for an adventuresome day celebrating Earth Day at the Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet lots of our animal ambassadors, learn about them and try family-oriented special activities. Read more…

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: All over the Sanctuary
Fee: Free

Bird Walks

Bird Walks

Led by the Bay Area Bird Club. Open to all interested birders! Bring binoculars and a bird guide. Weather permitting.

Date: April 24-May 15 (Twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday mornings)
Time: 6:30 am
Location: Meet at fishing dock parking lot
Fee: Free
Note: Check our Calendar or Facebook page for cancellations.

Passing of James Liethen (1927-2018)

The Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary (FOWLS) said goodbye to a dear and loyal friend in late December of 2018. James Leithen was a proud Board Member of the Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary for decades. He was a dedicated patron who helped to guide and bring forth the Wildlife Sanctuary as we know it today. Read more…

Summer Camps for Kids

Register now for 2019 Summer Camps! Camps start in mid-June. All camps run Monday-Thursday. Space is limited so register early! 12 camp options from Fantastic Beasts to Young Citizen Scientists and much more. Age requirement varies by camp (from age 4 to 14). Lunch is served daily. Come prepared to have fun! Click Summer Camps for Kids to read more. Call 920-391-3671 to register.

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.