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.


Don Renard Donates 2,500 Trout

Don Renard, a successful local area businessman, has a personal and life-long relationship with the Wildlife Sanctuary. Don came from humble beginnings. One of his greatest joys was riding his bike to the Wildlife Sanctuary lagoons for an afternoon of fishing. It was what he could afford and loved. As he grew older, Don wanted all children to be able to have the same experience and memories. Read more…

Warren and Julie Schultz - WPS Volunteer Service Award

Warren and Julie Schultz

The Volunteer Center of Brown County partners with Wisconsin Public Service to recognize the impact of volunteers in our community at an annual Volunteer Awards Program. Warren and Julie Schultz won the 2018 Small Group Award partly for their volunteer work at the Sanctuary. They help protect our environment by protecting wildlife, and share their knowledge freely. They assist with special events, serve in the Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary Guild, and rehabilitate wildlife through the R-PAWS Program. Congratulations, Warren and Julie!

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: Wednesdays in May
Time: 4 pm
Location: Nature Center Foyer
Cost: FREE!

Environmental Education Award

The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary’s OAK Learning Center nature-based 4-year-old kindergarten program received the Environmental Education Award from the Brown County Conservation Alliance. Read more…

Volunteers Uplift the Sanctuary

Volunteers Uplift the Sanctuary

We want to thank all the hard-working volunteers who donate their time and energy to help us provide care for wildlife, keep our grounds clean and well groomed, and work in the Gift Shop. Thank you for all you do! If you are interested in volunteering call 920-391-3675.

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!


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.