Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach
Wildlife Sanctuary

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. While nothing beats actually being there, click on links below to begin your journey through the sanctuary’s many offerings.


Halloween Event

Halloween Event October 21

Sign up now!  

This is an outdoor walk through a pumpkin lit trail where you will encounter animal characters portrayed by area youth actors.  Call and sign up for a specific time slot, starting at 6:00 PM.  $2.50 per child (12 and under) $3.75 per adult; payable the night of the event.  Please call 920-391-3671 if you are interested.

Animal Stories

Animal Stories for Preschoolers is story time, a fun project or activity, and sometimes a surprise animal guest. This program is for children ages 3-5.
October 2, 9, 16, 23; Click for more information.
Please register by calling 920-291-3671.

Trail Fitness Walks

Wednesdays in September and October at 12 noon.  FREE!  Meet at the Nature Center.

Thank You from Sanctuary by Starlight!

The Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to support “Sanctuary by Starlight”. You helped us exceed our own expectations Read More…

WI Public TV at WLS

WI Public Television filmed Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary for WISCONSIN LIFE in a segment titled, “The Right Note.” Host Angela Fitzgerald learned how injured animals are cared for in our R-PAWS program. Read more…

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!

About Us

Brief overview of the Wildlife Sanctuary, including Mission and Goals.

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.


Brief overview of the Wildlife Sanctuary, including Mission and Goals.


Trail information, trail map and WLS blog.


Fishing etiquette, finishing information 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.