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. Click on Parking Map to see traffic flow during the Natural Expansion construction. While nothing beats actually being there, click on links below to begin your journey through the sanctuary’s many offerings.


Come Play at the Sanctuary

Last Week of Daily Programs before School Starts

Once school starts, the Sanctuary will shift gears from our nearly daily summer programs to the fall program schedule. Take advantage of these beautiful late summer days and learn about Fantastic Felines, Cool Corvids, Wonderful Waterbirds and more! Click the Calendar to see more program information. Click the Hours page to see our current hours.

Friday Fun with Birds

Parking Reminder

The Natural Expansion construction project is nearing completion. That means parking is tight right now. If you don’t find a parking spot, there’s additional parking at the amusement park across the street from the Sanctuary. Click on Parking Map for a map showing parking areas and ways to access the different lots during construction. Thank you for your patience!

Young Citizen Scientist Camp

Special Invitation to Public Open House

After years of planning, fundraising, and extraordinary effort, the Natural Expansion building project is ready. The name of the 12,800 sq. ft. expansion to the Nature Center is the “Dick Resch & Family Learning and Conservation Center.” The public is invited to come view the inside of the building during this specially designated time. Please join us!

Date: Wednesday, August 28
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: New Dick Resch & Family Learning and Conservation Center
Fee: Free

Friends Volunteer Dinner

2019 Walk for Wildlife

This is our primary annual fundraiser for R-PAWS animal rehabilitation! Gather walk pledges ahead of time, and/or buy raffle tickets to win awesome raffle prizes! Walkers are invited to enjoy 2.5 miles of scenic trails. Live animal stations are found throughout the walk. Enjoy live music, refreshments and howl with the wolf pack! Click Brochure 2019 Walk for Wildlife for a printable brochure.

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Register at Amphitheater and walk scenic trails
Fee: Fundraiser for R-PAWS animal rehabilitation
Register Online: Click 2019 Walk for Wildlife

A Stone's Throw Away

Construction Update – Thoughtful Planning Visible

At the Natural Expansion project site, all the thoughtful planning is visible now, outside and inside. Safety of 4K Kindergarten students and the public means concrete sidewalks, and blacktopped bus pull offs and roundabouts are being completed. The retaining wall is nearly done. Final stone work is going on the exterior pillars. Inside, the stairs have sturdy railings and carpeting is going on the steps. Read more…

A Natural Expansion Campaign

Fall Bird Walks

Beginning this Saturday, Aug. 24, Fall Bird Walks are back at the Sanctuary every Saturday and Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. Have you spotted any migrating birds in your yard yet? While the first official day of fall is a few weeks away, the birds at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary are already beginning their migration south. Catch sight of numerous species of birds during the Fall Bird Walk, led by the Bay Area Bird Club. Bring your binoculars and meet at the parking lot by the fishing docks.

August 24, 28, 31, September 4, 7
Time: 7:00 am
Location: Meet in the parking lot by the fishing docks
Fee: Free!

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.
A Natural Expansion