Special Events

Special Events

In addition to the many programs provided by WLS staff, special events are sprinkled throughout the year. To see what’s happening today, please click on Calendar. Click on links below for more information about events!

Electronics Recycling Drive

Several times a year Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary and Norsec Computer Recyclers hold an Electronics Recycling Drive at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Norsec Computer Recyclers LLC provides an environmentally responsible solution to electronics disposal needs.

Drop off old TV’s, computer equipment (monitors, CPU’s, mice, keyboards, fax machines, printers, network equipment and any standard office equipment), household electronics such as CD, DVD, and VHS players, stereo equipment, vacuums, clocks, satellite receivers, phone systems, cell phones, game consoles, household appliances like microwaves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers and stoves. We also recycle lead acid, nickel cadmium and lithium ion batteries. Basically if it plugs into a wall, we can recycle it. However, we do not accept dry cell batteries, or fluorescent light bulbs.

Dates: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Location: Nature Center Parking Lot
Fees: Items subject to charge, since they contain hazardous materials, include:
– Computer monitors $10.00 each
– Televisions $15.00 each

All fees benefit the Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary!

All other standard computer components and household appliances are recycled at no charge, including appliances that contain Freon.

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Frosty Family Fun Night

Live animal friends, night walks, horse drawn wagon rides, bonfire and s’mores, crafts, live folk music, and more!

Date: Saturday, Feb 2, 2019
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Fee: FREE for Friends members or $5.00 for a family or carload.
Registration: No registration required. Call 920-391-3685 for more information.

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Easter Event

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 9:30am or 11:00am
Fee: $2.50 Friends members and City Residents / $3.75 Non-Residents
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Call 920-391-3671 for more information.

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Earth Day Celebration

Many activities, like Critter Counter open, Animal Release, Otter Odyssey, Cool Corvids, Fox Trots, Wolf viewing, Question and Answer, Bird of Prey Tour, and more!

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: All around the Sanctuary.
Fee: FREE!
Registration: None

Not Yet Available Earth Day Tai Chi Sessions

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Spring’s Wings Migratory Bird Festival

Spring’s Wings events happen at the Wildlife Sanctuary and across the Green Bay area. Activities to celebrate birds include birding hikes, demonstrations, live birds, and more.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: Various
Location: Various
Fee: FREE!
More Information: Click Not Yet Available brochure.

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Big Bay Birdathon and Photography Contest

You will have 24 hours to travel anywhere throughout Wisconsin with your team in search of birds. Like a scavenger hunt, the Birdathon consists of finding and counting bird species. The proceeds go toward bird conservation and education programs. Click Not Yet Available to read more.

Dates: TBD
Location: Anywhere in Wisconsin
Fee: $10 for each participant
Registration Information: Contact Adam at 920-255-3818 or adam0227@msn.com.

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Green Bay Kids Day

Celebrate Green Bay Kids Day at the Sanctuary! This event is requested annually by the Mayor of Green Bay.

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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14th Annual Walk for Wildlife

Walkers are invited to enjoy 2.5 miles of scenic trails. Live animal stations are found throughout the walk. They include Sanctuary animal ambassadors, artifacts, and educational information about the animals. All participants are invited to enjoy refreshments before and after the walk. Register online at :

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Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019

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Autumn Adventure

Join the Thursday Morning Breakfast Optimist Club for Kid’s Autumn Adventure at the Wildlife Sanctuary. There will be lots of fun activities for kids and their parents. The Optimists will also be serving FREE lunch from 11:00am – 1:00pm! All ages are welcome and all activities are FREE!

Date: TBD
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Nature Center and grounds
Fee: FREE!

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Sanctuary by Starlight

We’re taking a break in 2018 while the new building goes up!

Date: TBD in 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Observation Building Area
Fee: TBD
Click Sanctuary by Starlight for More Information and to Buy Tickets

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Annual Halloween Event

The 23rd Annual Halloween Event will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a fun family event suitable for all ages. Kids are welcome to come in their costumes!

Our event includes a pumpkin lit walk mostly outdoors where participants will encounter various animals portrayed by area youth. These animal characters will educate you about themselves and their wild ways in a fun and light-hearted way. Click Not Yet Available to read more.

We are always looking for youth volunteers to be a part of this event–please contact Kim Diedrich at (920) 391-3677 if you are interested. Rehearsals are once a week starting in September.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: Time slots start at 6:00pm
Fee: $2.50 per child and $3.75 per adult
Registration: Call 920-391-3671 to reserve a time slot starting at 6pm.

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Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary Annual Banquet

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: TBD
Registration: Call 920-391-3671 to RSVP or for more information.

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