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.

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.

Dates: Sessions are held on Mondays at 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM depending on the month. Animal Stories sessions are held January-April and again September-December.
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. Minimum of 5, maximum of 20 enrollees. Adult required to remain with child.

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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 in April at 12:45 PM, Fridays in April at 9:00 AM, Mondays in May at 3:30 PM.
Location: Meet at front door of Nature Center
Fee: FREE!

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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.

Dates: Saturdays, April 23, 30, May 7, 14; Wednesdays, April 27, May 4, 11,
Location: Meet in the parking lot by the Director’s house
Fee: Free!

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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.

Dates: Typically 11:00 AM -2:00 PM, scheduled days throughout each month. Check the main calendar for dates!
Location: Observation Building
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.
NOTE: Snowshoe Hikes are conditions and weather dependent.

Dates: 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)

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Day and Night Cross-Country Ski 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:
NOTE: Program is weather and conditions dependent. Minimum of 5 enrollees.
Dates: Ski program dates are scheduled in winter, December-February. Check the main calendar for dates!
Fee: $5.00 (cash only)
Pre-registration Required: Call 920-391-3671.

NIGHT SKI: 6:00 PM-8:00PM
NOTE: Program is conditions and weather dependent.
Dates:Check the main calendar for dates!
Location: Meet at the trail head by the Nature Center.
Fee: $5.00(cash only)

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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.

Dates: Usually offered in January. Check the main calendar for dates!
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.

Dates: This program is offered in March. Check the main calendar for dates!
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: April 2, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Nature Center Auditorium
Fee: $2.00 per adult to cover handouts
Pre-registration is required: Call 920-391-3671

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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. 2016 Summer Camp Flyer

ALL CAMPS:

Times: Monday – Thursday 9-11:30AM OR 12:30-3:00PM
Fee: $45 residents/ $67.50 non-residents
Enrollment: Minimum enrollment of 7, Maximum enrollment of 12
Pre-register: Call 920-391-3671 for registration or register online at Parks, Recreation, and Forestry 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 program 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.

Dates: Weekdays June-August Check the main calendar for specific dates and times!
Location: Observations Building and Woodland Building/Habitrek
Fee: Free!

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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.

Dates: Tuesdays in August. Check the main calendar for dates!
Time: 9:00-11:00 am
Location: Nature Center
Fee: $27.00 per Green Bay resident or $40.50 per non-resident
Pre-registration is required:Call 920-391-3671. 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.

This program is open to ages 5 and above (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Dates: This program offered during summer months. Times TBA. Check the main calendar for dates.

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Wisconsin Bats

Come and learn about these important but often misunderstood animals and why they need our help. We’ll start indoors and then talk a walk outside at dusk to see if we can follow some bats in flight.

Dates: Programs will be held July-September in 2016. Dates and times TBA.
Location: Nature Center
Pre-register: Call 391-3671.

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Sanctuary Habitat Stewards

Forest Floor Crowd Control

Help us save native plant communities as we remove invasive plants from the forest floor such as Garlic Mustard and Dame’s Rocket. We work rain or shine.  Bring your own work gloves.

Dates: 1st Wednesday of the month, April-September 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.
Location: meet in the Nature Center lobby
Register: Contact Kate Hau, Natural Resource Specialist, at 920-391-3678 or kateha@greenbaywi.gov to RSVP or with questions.


Invasive Woody Species Control

Help us save native plant and wildlife communities as we remove invasive woody plants such as buckthorn.  We work rain or shine. Bring your own work gloves.

Dates: 1st Wednesday of the month, October-March 10:00AM-12:00PM
Location: meet in the Nature Center lobby
Register: Contact Kate Hau, Natural Resource Specialist, at 920-391-3678 or kateha@greenbaywi.gov to RSVP or with questions.


Plant Blitz

Help us save wildlife habitat and enjoy a gratitude filled lunch on us from 12:00PM-1:00PM.  Bring your own work gloves.

Dates: 1st Thursday of the month, May-August 10:00AM-1:00PM
Location: meet in the Nature Center lobby
Register: Contact Kate Hau, Natural Resource Specialist, at 920-391-3678 or kateha@greenbaywi.gov to RSVP or with questions.


Barberry and Booyah

Join us to remove invasive barberry from the wildlife habitat of the Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a booyah lunch from 12:00PM-1:00PM. 16 years of age and older, maximum of 25 people. We will work snow or shine. Bring your own work gloves.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 9:00AM-1:00PM
Location: meet in the Nature Center lobby
Register: Contact Kate Hau, Natural Resource Specialist, at 920-391-3678 or kateha@greenbaywi.gov to RSVP or with questions.
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