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.


Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl

Join a naturalist as we venture out on the Sanctuary’s trails in search of these fascinating creatures. Come dressed for the weather. You’re welcome to bring a small flashlight with you. We’ll warm up with hot chocolate after the hike.

Dates: Nov 30 and Dec 13, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Meet at the Observation Building
Cost: Free
Note: Ages 8 and up

Soup and Ski

Come out mid-day with your cross country skis to explore our trails with a naturalist, and then come back inside and warm up with a nice bowl of soup!

Date: December 19, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Trailhead by the amphitheater
Cost: $5.00 per person
Pre-registration Required by Dec 17: Call (920) 391-3671 or register online at Soup and Ski
Notes: Must have own skis. Minimum 5 people needed by the Monday before.

Fantastic Beasts

Calling all muggles and no-majes! Come out this December to see and learn about some amazing animals at the Sanctuary with a bit of a “Fantastic” spin. Grab your Hogwarts or Ilvermorny gear and join us – there will be some fantastic treats provided!

Date: December 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Location: Estuary Room in Nature Center
Cost: $5.00 per person
Age: 5-12 year olds
Pre-registration: Call (920) 391-3671 or click Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry to register.
Notes: Minimum of 10, Maximum of 50

New Boardwalk

New Boardwalk Open!

Bird watchers will now be able to access a prime bird watching area that for most of the year was too wet for hikers to be able to access it. Starts behind the Nature Center (south side) and goes to Old Sanctuary Rd. Enjoy!

Animal Stories for Preschoolers!

Animal Stories for Preschoolers!

This popular activity for children ages 3-5 inspires young learners with the wonder of animals each week. Starting in fall 2018, no sign-up, sessions are a drop in and free. Read more…

Dates: Mondays at 10:00 AM
Location: Main Floor of Nature Center
Cost: Free

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.