Public Programs

Public Programs

The Wildlife Sanctuary offers a variety of nature-related programs. Many of these programs are free and open to our visitors.

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 call (920) 391-3671.

Animal Stories for Preschoolers (Ages 3-5)

This program is designed to introduce your preschooler to wildlife in an informal setting that will hopefully foster an appreciation and ongoing interest in the out of doors. Each program starts with a story and is enhanced with a variety of activities such as a craft, live animal visit, games, songs or an outdoor adventure in a group setting. Adult required to remain with child.

Sessions are held on Mondays at 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM depending the month.  Minimum of 5, maximum of 20 enrollees.

Location: Lower level of the Nature Center.

Fee: $10.00/Green Bay resident and $15.00/non-resident.

Pre-registration is required: (920) 391-3671

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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 over the lunch hour at a brisk pace.  Some terrain is uneven and not paved. You are welcome to bring your pedometer.   $5.00

Dates:  Check the main calendar for dates!

Location: Meet at front door of Nature Center

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Spring and Fall Birding Walks

Bay Area Bird Club members lead birding walks at the Wildlife Sanctuary. Bring binoculars and a field guide.

Dates: Check the main calendar for dates!
Location: Meet in the parking lot by the Director’s house

Free! All are welcome.

Call (920) 391-3671 for more information.

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Critter Counter at the Observation Building

Get up close and have the opportunity to touch some of our live program ambassador animals.

Days throughout the year – Check the main calendar for dates!
Location: Observation Building


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Snowshoe Hikes

The Sanctuary is offering snowshoe hikes this winter for people itchin’ to get outside. Our hikes are for people age 6 and above. Snowshoes are available at the Sanctuary 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.
Snowshoe Hikes are conditions and weather dependent. 

Check the main calendar for dates!

Location: Meet the naturalist at the Observation Building

Fee: $5.00 (cash only)

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Day and Night Cross-country Ski Events

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

Soup and Ski:

Check the main calendar for dates!

Pre-registration required Call (920) 391-3671. 

Program is weather and conditions dependent.  Minimum of 5 enrollees.

Night Ski:  6-8:00PM

Check the main calendar for dates!

Location: Meet at the trail head by the Nature Center.

Fee: $5.00 (cash only)

Program is conditions and weather dependent.

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Ice Fishing Workshop

Children ages 6 and older (accompanied by an adult*) learn about different equipment, safety procedures and fish species. Kids make their own poles. Weather permitting, group will travel to a spot to try your hand at real ice fishing. *Adults if you plan on fishing, you must have a valid fishing license. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.

Check the main calendar for date!
Location: Nature Center

Fee: $10.00 per resident child or / $15.00 non-resident child

Pre-register at 920-391-3671. Minimum of 8, Maximum of 15 people.

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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.

Date: Check the main calendar for dates!
Location: Nature Center

Fee: $5.00 per person

Pre-registration is required. Call 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 here.

Date: Check the main calendar for dates!

Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Nature Center Auditorium

Fee: $2.00 per adult to cover handouts

Call 391-3671 to register.

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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.   2015 Summer Camp Flyer

All Camps:

Monday – Thursday   9-11:30AM OR  12:30-3:00PM

$45 residents/ $67.50 non-residents

Minimum enrollment of 7, Maximum enrollment of 12

June Camp Offerings

Nature Nuts Acorns kids 6-8 years old

Nature Nuts Sprouts  kids 9-12 years old

Curious Kids  kids 4-5 years old

Animal Adventures and Games  kids  4-6 years old

July Camp Offerings

Nature Nuts Acorns  kids 6-8 years old

Nature Nuts Sprouts  kids 9-12 years old

A Day in the Life  kids 9-12 years old

Wiggle Glide Chomp and Chew kids 4-6 years old

Raptor Rangers kids 7-11 years old

Nature Detectives kids 4-6 years old

Busy Bugs  kids 4-6 years old

August Camp Offerings

Wiggle Glide Chomp and Chew   kids 4-6 years old

Insect Investigations kids 7-11 years old

Little Learners   kids 4 years old

Call 391-3671 for registration or online at Parks, Recreation, and Forestry go to enroll now.

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Talon Talks and Summer Animal Demos

Enrichment training is important for every captive animal and one form of enrichment is a change of scenery! You’re invited to drop by and see some of our live bird of prey ambassadors every Thursday throughout the summer and other animal demonstrations Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.   These are not formal programs but a chance to ask questions of our staff and learn more about the animals.

Weekdays throughout the summer
Check the main calendar for dates and times!

Location: Observations Buildling and Woodland Building/Habitrek


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Tween Tuesdays

This 4 session series is perfect for the 11-14 year old who is looking to do some physical work and help the environment at the same time. We’ll be working, learning and having fun while we make rain barrels, and focus on other projects to help the Sanctuary continue to “go green.”


9:00-11:00 am

Location: Nature Center

Fee: $27.00 per Green Bay resident or $40.50 per non-resident

Call (920) 391-3671 to pre-register. Class size: minimum 5, maximum 15.

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Ready to Take a Dip

The pond comes alive in the summer with all kinds of creatures big and small; but mostly tiny! You are invited to come out to the Sanctuary, put on a pair of waders (we provide), pick up a dip net and see what you can find. Our pond exploration lasts approximately 1 hour.

Date: Check the main calendar for dates!

This program is open to all, ages 5 and above (children must be accompanied by an adult).

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Wisconsin Bats Public Bats Program

Come out and learn about these misunderstood, yet fascinating and helpful noctural mammals.  We’ll start indoors and then talk a walk outside to see if we can observe some bats in flight.

Check the main calendar for dates!

Location: Nature Center

Call 391-3671 to pre-register.
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