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.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 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 other standard computer components and household appliances are recycled at no charge, including appliances that contain freon.

A portion of the recycling fees support the Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary!

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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

SOLD OUT! The Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary will again be holding their annual Easter Event at the Sanctuary for kids ages 3-8 and their parents. Activities will include making an Easter bag, working on simple craft projects, enjoying cookies and punch, and hunting for eggs.

Pre-registration Required: Call (920) 391-3671, space is limited
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: Two sessions will be held
9:30 am – 10:30 am or
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Nature Center Lower Level
Fee: $2.50 Resident / $3.75 Non-Resident. Fee is per person (adults and children). Exact change and cash preferred. No credit or debit cards

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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
11:00 am-3:00 pm Critter Counter
11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm Tai Chi Experience
12:00-2:45 pm Animal Enrichment
12:00-1:00 pm Cool Corvids
12:30-1:30 pm Otter Odyssey
1:00-2:00 pm Fox Trots
1:00-2:00 pm Seed Planting
1:30-2:45 pm Snakes and Turtles Celebration
1:30-2:30 pm Wolves of Wisconsin
2:00-3:00 pm Birds of Prey Tour
3:00 pm Rehabilitated Animal Release

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Spring’s Wings Migratory Bird Festival

Spring’s Wings events include activities to celebrate birds, like guided bird hikes, family activities to make a bird house or feeder, demonstrations on bird banding, live birds of prey, and more. Click Spring’s Wings for a printable schedule.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Fee: FREE!
Registration: None
6:30 am Guided Bird Hike (Meet at Director’s Lot)
9:30 am Guided Bird Hike (Meet behind Nature Center)
11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Birds of Prey (Behind Nature Center)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Activities (Behind Nature Center)

  • Wild Birds Unlimited – Build a bird house or feeder to take home.
  • NEW Audubon – Learn how one of the area’s premier conservation groups is working to save bird habitat.
  • UWGB Cofrin Center for Biodiversity – Experience colorful tropical birds up-close as the Biodiversity Center’s staff demonstrates bird-banding for scientific research.

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Green Bay Kids Day

The mayor, Eric Genrich, has decreed June 25th Green Bay Kids’ Day! One free bag of corn to kids with wristbands from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Observation Building. Wristbands available at the Wildlife Sanctuary. Wilder Park Neighborhood Association will serve popcorn. Click Kids Day brochure for more information!

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Amphitheater and Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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14th Annual Walk for Wildlife

This is our primary fundraiser for R-PAWS animal rehabilitation! Gather walk pledges ahead of time, and/or buy raffle tickets to win awesome raffle prizes! Howl with the Wildlife Sanctuary wolf pack at 8:30 am in the amphitheater. 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. Good News Band will play at 9:00 am. Click Brochure 2019 Walk for Wildlife for a printable brochure.

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

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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 11:00 am – 1:00 pm! All ages are welcome and all activities are FREE!

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Nature Center and grounds
Fee: FREE!

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Sanctuary by Starlight

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

Date: TBD in 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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 26th Annual Halloween Event will be held Saturday, October 19, 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 19, 2019
Time: Time slots start at 6:00 pm
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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Support WLS

There are lots of ways you can help! Click Support WLS to learn more.