Public Programs

Public Programs

The Wildlife Sanctuary offers a variety of nature-related public programs. Many of these programs are free and open to our visitors. To see what’s happening today, please click on Calendar.

Programs may require pre-registration and be subject to minimum and maximum enrollment limits. Some programs are weather dependent.

WLS staff reserves the right to cancel a program if the minimum enrollment has not been met by the registration deadline. If you need to cancel your enrollment in a program please notify us as soon as possible. Please help us to ensure the success of our programs by registering by the deadline. Thank You!

For registration and program information please click on the links below.

Summer Camps

Summer is a time of adventure and fun for children. We go outside and hike, play games, do craft projects and incorporate live animals in the program. Click 2019 WLS Summer Camp Brochure for more information. Please check main calendar to see if camp is full!

ALL CAMPS:

Times: Monday – Thursday 9-11:30 am OR 12:30-3:00 pm
Fee: $45 residents / $67.50 non-residents
Enrollment: Minimum enrollment of 7, Maximum enrollment of 12
Pre-register: Call 920-391-3671 for registration

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Wolf Feeding and Talk

Don’t miss the chance to watch our pack of wolves get fed as you ask our staff your questions about wolves and their care. Our staff has helped care for these resident wolves from wolf pups to full-grown adults. The best view of this free program is from inside or outside the Woodland Building wolf viewing area.

Dates:
Saturdays
June 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 38
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Mondays
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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Wednesdays
June 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18, 25
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Time: 1:30-2:15 pm
Location: Woodland Building Area
Fee: Free!

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Awesome Ambassadors and Enrichment

Meet and greet our Animal Ambassadors at the Critter Counter in the Observation Building. Learn all about our Ambassadors, what they enjoy and what enrichment is during this free activity.

Dates: Mondays
July 1, 8, 14, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19
Time: 1:30-2:15 pm
Location: Critter Counter in the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Fantastic Felines

Cougars and bobcats are graceful, powerful felines that require special training and care. Learn all about the curious felines that call the Wildlife Sanctuary home during this free program. Meet at the bobcat exhibit at the Woodland Building for a chance to better understand these cats.

Dates: Tuesdays
June 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20
Time: 9:00-10:00 am
Location: Woodland Building
Fee: Free!

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Cool Corvids

You probably see these birds quite often, but what do you know about them? Corvids are a highly intelligent family of birds that includes crows and ravens. To better understand their intellect and savvy skills, visit the crow and raven exhibit beyond the Woodland Building. This free program is an excellent way to discover some fun facts about these common birds.

Dates: Tuesdays
June 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: Woodland Building
Fee: Free!

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Fox Trots

Foxes are known for their elusiveness and resourcefulness, but that is only the beginning of their fascinating characteristics. Visit the Woodland Building fox exhibit to observe the training and enrichment done with our exhibit fox. Take advantage of the free opportunity to understand this solitary species.

Dates: Wednesdays
June 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21
Time: 10:00-11:00 am
Location: Woodland Building
Fee: Free!

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Wonderful Waterbirds

Birds such as ducks and killdeer call the water home. In this new program, you’ll learn all about our water loving, feathered friends in front of the beach exhibit inside the Resch wing of the Observation Building.

Dates: Thursdays
June 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 14, 22
Time: 10:00-11:00 am
Location: Resch wing of the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Terrific Turtles and Snake Celebration

Come and meet our animal ambassadors up close. A great opportunity for observation and getting familiar with our unusual friends.

Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: Resch wing of the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Talon Talk

Drop by and see some of our live birds of prey! Birds will be perched outside and staff available to answer questions. Great photo opportunity!

Dates: Thursdays
July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 14, 22
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Location: Outside Raptor Theater at Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Otter Odysseys

The fun-loving otters at the Wildlife Sanctuary are a joy to observe. They love to put on a show for our visitors as they swim, dive and play with rocks. Join us for free at the Woodland Building Otter Exhibit to watch the training and enrichment activities that our staff performs with these friendly and playful creatures.

Dates: Fridays
June 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Woodland Building Otter Exhibit
Fee: Free!

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Marvelous Mammals

Many of the animals that call the Sanctuary home are mammals and in this new activity, guests will get an up-close look! Meet at the Critter Counter in the Observation Building to see them and ask our staff questions. This activity is free.

Dates: Fridays
June 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: Critter Counter in the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Evening Bat Programs and Walks

Come and learn about the bats in Wisconsin and in your neighborhood and then we’ll take a walk on the trail with a bat detector to look for bats! It’s a good idea to wear long pants and sleeves, as there will be plenty of mosquitos!

Dates:
Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 pm
Location: Meet in the Nature Center
Fee: Free!

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Full Moon Tai Chi

Practice the principles of Tai Chi while harnessing the openness the full moon offers in an energetic flow. No prior experience required; this event is open to adults and children ages 15 and up with adult supervision. Instructor, Eric Peters, gives an informative talk before each class from 6:45 – 7:15 pm.

Date: July 16, August 15, September 13
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm
Location: Nature Center Auditorium
Fee: Green Bay residents is $10; non-resident price is $15
Registration: Call (920) 391-3671

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Friday Fun Days

Splash Day:
Splash and play at the Sanctuary! Open to children ages 6-10, participants will compete in relays and water games, so please wear close-toed shoes and clothes that can get wet.

Date: Friday, June 28
Time: 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Location: Meet at Nature Center
Fee: $5 per child
Registration: Call (920) 391-3671


Nature Art:
Date: Friday, July 12
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Meet at Nature Center
Fee: $7 per person
Registration: Call (920) 391-3671


Fishing:
A fun morning of fishing for children ages 8-15! Participants will learn how to identify different species of Wisconsin fish and basic fishing skills. Various fish-based games will be available too. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided.

Date: Friday, July 19
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Meet at Nature Center
Fee: $5 per child
Registration: Call (920) 391-3671


Birding:
Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 8:30 am-11:00 am
Location: Meet at Nature Center
Fee: $5 per child
Registration: Call (920) 391-3671

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Spring and Fall Birding Walks

Bay Area Bird Club members lead birding walks at the Wildlife Sanctuary. Bring your own binoculars and a field guide. Some binoculars will be available for use. Please check main calendar for any weather notices!

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

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Trail Fitness Walks

Walk for fitness on the Sanctuary trail system led by a Sanctuary naturalist. We will walk for approximately 45 minutes at a brisk pace. Some terrain is uneven and not paved. You are welcome to bring your pedometer. Show up as often as you’d like!

Dates: Wednesdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: Noon
Location: Meet in front of Nature Center
Fee: Free!

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Snowshoe Hikes

Snowshoe hikes for age 5 and above. Snowshoes are provided or you’re welcome to bring your own. Participants should wear flat-bottomed boots and come dressed to be outside for about an hour. Space is limited. First come, first serve.

Dates: TBD-Hikes are scheduled in January and February. Check the main calendar for dates!
Location: Meet the naturalist at the Observation Building
Fee: $5.00 (cash only)
NOTE: Snowshoe Hikes are conditions- and weather-dependent. Snowshoe rental included in cost.

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Day and Night Cross-Country Skiing Events

The Sanctuary has classically groomed ski trails. Grab your skis and take a turn on our trails during your lunch hour or occasionally on a winter night. For the night ski, trails will be groomed and lighted until 8:00 pm. Ski trails are also open 8:00 AM-4:30 pm daily, conditions permitting. We do not provide or rent skis.

SOUP AND SKI:
Date: TBD 2019
Location: Meet at the ski trail head by the amphitheater.
Fee: $5.00 (cash only)
Pre-registration Required: Call 920-391-3671.
Sign Up Requirement: Minimum of 5 enrollees by the Monday before. Maximum 20.
NOTE: Program is weather and conditions dependent. Check the main calendar for dates or cancellation notices!


SKI and TEA:
Dates: TBD 2019
Location: Meet at the ski trail head by the amphitheater.
Fee: $5.00 (cash only)
Pre-registration Required: Call 920-391-3671.
Sign Up Requirement: Minimum of 5 enrollees by the Monday before. Maximum 20.
NOTE: Program is weather and conditions dependent. Check the main calendar for dates or cancellation notices!


NIGHT SKI:
Dates: TBD 2019
Location: Meet at the ski trail head by the amphitheater.
Fee: $5.00 (cash only)
NOTE: Program is weather and conditions dependent. Check the main calendar for dates or cancellation notices!

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Public Owl Prowl

Walk with a Naturalist on our site to look and listen for owls. A live owl ambassador will make an appearance. Participants must dress for outdoors and are welcome to bring a flashlight.

Dates: TBD 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Meet at the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Webelos Scouting Adventure Clinic

Dates: TBD 2019
Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Fee: $5.00 per scout
Pre-registration required: Call 920-391-3671.

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Fantastic Beasts

Calling all muggles and no-majes! Come out this December to see and learn about some amazing animals at the Sanctuary with a bit of a “Fantastic” spin. Grab your Hogwarts or Ilvermorny gear and join us – there will be some fantastic treats provided! Pre-registration is encouraged. Call (920) 391-3671 or click Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry for information.

Date: TBD 2019
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: Estuary Room in Nature Center
Fee: $5.00 per person
Age: 5-12 year olds
Minimum of 10, Maximum of 50

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Birthday Party for the Animals

We have lots of resident animals so we decided to throw one big birthday animal party. Enjoy party games, cake, and wish our live critters a happy birthday. Program is geared for kids 8 and under.

Dates: TBD 2019
Location: Nature Center
Fee: $5.00 per person
Pre-register: By calling 920-391-3671. Minimum of 15, Maximum of 50.

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R-PAWS Training Session

The Rehabilitation Program at the Wildlife Sanctuary (R-PAWS) holds their annual beginner training session for people 18 years or older who are interested in learning about wildlife rehabilitation. Become a rehab volunteer and be trained to help take care of injured and orphaned wild animals that come in every year. There is no obligation by attending this training. For more information about R-PAWS click R-PAWS here.

Dates: TBD 2020
Time: 8:00 am-1:00 pm
Location: Nature Center Auditorium
Fee: $2.00 per person to cover handouts
Pre-registration Required: Call 920-391-3671

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Support WLS

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