Special Events

Special Events

In addition to the many programs provided by WLS staff, special events are sprinkled throughout the year. Click on links below for more information!

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 TVs, computer equipment (monitors, CPUs, mice, keyboards, fax, 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 & stoves. We also recycle Lead acid, Nickel Cadmium and Lithium Ion batteries. Basically if it plugs into a wall, we can recycle it. However, they do not accept dry cell batteries, or florescent light bulbs.

Dates: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Nature Center Parking Lot
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!

Dates: Saturday, Feb 3, 2018
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

Dates: March 31, 2018
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, Used Battery Drop-off, Animal Release, Otter Odyssey, Quill Thrills, Fox Trots, Wolf viewing, Question and Answer, Bird of Prey Tour, and more!

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: All around the Sanctuary.
Fee: FREE!
Registration: None.

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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! Birding walks, demonstrations, live birds, and more. Springs wings 2017 brochure

Dates: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: Various
Location: Various
Fee: FREE!
Registration: None.

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Big Bay Birdathon and Photography Contest

Big Bay Birdathon

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. More info coming soon.

Dates and Time: May 2018
Location: various
Fee: $10 for each participant
Registration: coming soon

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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. June 25, 2018.

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13th Annual Walk for Wildlife

September 15, 2018.  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.

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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! All ages are welcome and all activities are FREE!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

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Sanctuary by Starlight

Date: October 7, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Observation Building Area
Fee: $30 advance tickets; $35 day of event
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 20, 2018 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.

Call 920-391-3671 to reserve a time slot starting at 6pm.    $2.50 per child and $3.75 per adult

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.

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Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary Annual Banquet

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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