Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful 600 acre urban wildlife refuge featuring live animal exhibits, educational displays, miles of hiking/skiing trails and various wildlife viewing opportunities. While nothing beats actually being there, click on links below to begin your journey through the sanctuary’s many offerings.

Covid-19 protocols:

♦ The Habi-trek Trail, Raptor Trail, outdoor exhibits, floating boardwalk/waterfalls area are open.
♦ All hiking trails will remain open 8:00 AM-4:30 PM daily.
♦ The Woodland Building and the Deer Tower are not open at this time.
♦ Call (920) 391-3685 for injured or orphaned wild animals.
♦ Corn sales will continue from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM outside the Observation Building.
Face coverings are required inside any buildings.  Please continue to check this site and check our Facebook page for the most current updates.
We appreciate your support and your understanding.
Please call the office at (920) 391-3671 or Steve Lakatos, Superintendent, at (920) 391-3675 with questions.


Upcoming Programs

RPAWS training; please check the RPAWS page for more information. Also: Trail Fitness Walks start April 1, Wolf Feeding, Awesome Ambassadors, Electronics Recycling Drive, Earth Day Event, and Birding Walks.  Check calendar page for specific information.

Stay Connected to the WLS

Check out our WLS Youtube channel and subscribe!    Stay the most up to date by checking our WLS Facebook page.         Like or follow WLS on Instagram and Twitter.  


85 year Anniversary!

2021 marks the 85th year of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.  Watch our social media for events related to this wonderful milestone!  Visit our WLS Channel for slideshows celebrating 85 years.


School and community EE

Outdoor in-person educational programs and virtual programs are available! We will work with you to fit something to your needs.  Please call us at (920)391-3677 to talk with Kim or (920)391-3686 to talk with Jody!

Try our Picture Scavenger Hunts

Summer Camp

Summer nature related camp information is now available for 2021. 2021 Summer Camp Brochure  Please call us at 920-391-3671 with questions or for more information.


Annual Crane Count

April 17, 2021.  If you are interested in counting or are a past counter; please contact Jody Sperduto at 920-391-3686 or

Click on Page Titles for More Information!

About Us

Brief overview of the Wildlife Sanctuary, including Mission and Goals.

Getting Here

Map and directions.

Map Out Your Day!

Map of the park itself with descriptions of buildings, special habitats and things to do.

Facility Hours and Phone Numbers

Summer and winter hours, as well as phone numbers for the different buildings.


Brief overview of the Wildlife Sanctuary, including Mission and Goals.


Trail information, trail map and trail report blog.


Fishing etiquette, finishing information and Manger Lagoon information.


Information about wheelchair accessible areas of the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Room Rentals

Spaces available for rental, descriptions, floor plans and policies.

Photo Policy

Important information about shooting photos at the Wildlife Sanctuary.