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.

Animal Stories for Preschoolers (Ages 3-5)

This popular activity for children ages 3-5 inspires young learners with the wonder of animals each week. There is no sign-up, sessions are a drop in, free, and held on the main floor of the Nature Center. 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 every Monday (except for holidays) at 10:00 AM.
Location: Main floor of Nature Center
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 at noon
March and April 2019
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: Wednesdays and Saturday dates in April and May at 6:30 AM.
Please check main calendar for specific dates!  Fall Hikes will be at 7:00 AM and start in August.
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.

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.

Date: Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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: January 8, 10, 29, 31 and February 5, 7, 26, 28  2019 at 10:00 AM
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!

Dates:  January 22 and February 12  2019  at 6:00 PM
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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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: March 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM
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: March 30, 2019
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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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.


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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Summer Animal Series

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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Public Bat Programs and Walks

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

Dates and Times for 2019:  TBD
Location: Nature Center
Fee: $5.00 per person

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Public Pond Exploration

For kids ages 5 and up. We will explore a pond habitat with nets and boots, and discover what lives in the water.

Date: TBD
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Meet in the Nature Center
Fee: $5.00 per person

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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: Friday, Nov 30 and Thursday, Dec 13, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Meet at the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Webelos Scouting Adventure Clinic

Dates: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Fee: $5.00 per scout
Pre-registration required: By calling 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: Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM-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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