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.


Electronics Recycling Drive

Electronics Recycling Drive

You know that computer or TV sitting in your basement that you’ve been meaning to recycle? Drop it off at the Wildlife Sanctuary. A portion of the proceeds support Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 AM-1 PM
Location: Lower parking lot of Nature Center
Cost: Most electronics are free. $15 fee for TV’s and $10 each for monitors

Birdseed Sale

Keep your feathered neighbors fed while supporting a great cause! Birdseed orders supporting the Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary will be accepted until Friday, September 28. Read more…

Date: Now through Sep 28
Brochure Link: Birdseed Sale Brochure

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: Sep 4, 10, 17, 24 at 10:00 AM
Location: Main Floor of Nature Center
Cost: Free

Trail Fitness Walks

Trail Fitness Walks

Join a naturalist for fast paced and energetic walk on our trails. Please wear sturdy shoes! Trail is unpaved and uneven in areas.

Dates: Sep 5, 12, 19, 26 at noon
Location: Nature Center Foyer
Cost: Free

Kids' Autumn Adventure

Kids’ Autumn Adventure

Join the Thursday Morning Breakfast Optimist Club for Kids’ Autumn Adventure. There will be lots of fun activities for kids and their parents. Free lunch from 11:00am – 1:00pm! All ages are welcome and all activities are free!

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Nature Center and grounds
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.