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 visit tips. Click Hours for our seasonal hours. While nothing beats actually being there, click on links below to begin your journey through the sanctuary’s many offerings.

TOP NEWS!

A Stone's Throw Away

Mike Reed Retires!

With the latest major facility project at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary now complete, Mike Reed is retiring. Reed has been with the Sanctuary for more than 34 years, starting as Curator of Animals, moving up through the ranks to become Sanctuary Director in 2011, and wrapping up his career as Project Manager for the new Dick Resch & Family Nature and Conservation Center. Read more…

Friday Fun with Birds

Cub Scout Webelos Scouting Day

Webelos will have the chance to successfully meet 6 requirements of the Into the Wild Core Adventure and 5 requirements of the Into the Woods Core Adventure.

Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Meet in front of the Nature Center
Fee: $5 per scout
Pre-registration: Required by calling 920-391-3671
Note: Click the Calendar or Facebook for weather-related updates.

Friends Volunteer Dinner

S’mores, Steps & a Skit

This family friendly night will include a campfire with s’mores fixins’, a candlelit trail for walking on your own, and enjoying a skit performed by some of our costumed animal characters.

Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Outside in the amphitheater
Fee: $5 per family, payable night of event. Cash only, exact change preferred
Pre-registration: Required by calling 920-391-3671
Note: Click the Calendar or Facebook for weather-related updates.

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. Wear your Fitbit and sturdy shoes. Click the Calendar or Facebook for weather-related updates.

Dates: Wednesdays, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Meet in front of the Nature Center
Fee: Free
Registration: Please call (920) 391-3671 so we know that we can expect you!
Note: Click the Calendar or Facebook for weather-related updates.

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 Oct 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

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Wolf Talk and Feeding

Come to the Woodland Building to see our wolves being fed! Stick around afterwards to talk with staff and volunteers about the wolves and their behavior.

Dates: Mondays and Saturdays
Times: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Location: Woodland Building
Fee: Free
Note: Click the Calendar or Facebook for weather-related updates.

Click on Page Titles for More Information!

Calendar

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.

FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions.

Trails

Trail information, trail map and WLS blog.

Fishing

Fishing rules and etiquette, and Manger Lagoon information.

Accessibility

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.
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