Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful 700 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.



With the “Safer At Home Order” issued by Governor Evers, we want to update and highlight a change in operations at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

As of March 25, we will no longer be accepting/admitting wildlife into rehabilitation until further notice.   

This was a difficult decision for us.   Staff health and safety is our top priority.   Given the current situation we MUST make sure to keep our animal care staff safe and continue caring for our many resident exhibit and ambassador animals.   While we are currently unable to accept any animals on site, our dedicated staff will continue to do everything possible to facilitate the rehabilitation and care of our native animals through our dedicated Wisconsin permitted rehabbers.

Please call our Animal Care team at (920) 391-3685 to discuss options, or visit Wisconsin’s State Wildlife Directory  for individuals permitted in your area.

                At this time we will keep our trails open daily from 8:00am – 4:30pm; as long as individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements.  Please remember that gates are locked promptly at 4:30pm.   ALL of our buildings are remaining closed, as are our live animal exhibits, there will be no corn sales, and no public restrooms available.  

Be sure to check our Facebook page for additional updates.

                We appreciate all of the support and your understanding as we navigate through these unusual times.   The staff at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary can’t wait to re-open and welcome you all back.   Stay safe!

 Please call the office at (920) 391-3671 or Steve Lakatos, Superintendent, at (920) 391-3675 with questions.

Thank you!!  –Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Staff


Birdseed Sale

Welcome new Superintendent!

We would like to introduce Steve Lakatos

Steve joins us as the new Wildlife Sanctuary Superintendent.

Steve comes to us from Humane Indiana Wildlife in Valparaiso, Indiana.

We look forward to having Steve lead our Wildlife Sanctuary Team going forward!


Brown Thrasher

Trail Fitness Walks

Walk at a brisk pace with a Naturalist.  Walks last approximately 45 minutes. Wear sturdy shoes for unpaved trails.

When: CANCELLED till further notice

Location: meet at Nature Center

Time: 12:00 Noon

Fee: FREE!

Birdseed Sale

Annual Crane Count

The International Crane Foundation has cancelled the Annual Midwest Crane Count for this year.  Thank you to volunteers who were planning on participating in the Brown County Count.


Location: Across Brown county

Time: early morning

Fee: volunteer

Honey for Sale at WLS

Animal Stories for Preschoolers

Join us to read a fun book and engage in an activity!

When: CANCELLED till further notice

Location: Woodland Room

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Fee: FREE!

Birdseed Sale

Annual Easter Event

Join us for a fun and organized egg hunt, simple coloring and crafts, various cookies and punch.  Space is limited for each time slot.  Call 920-391-3671 to register for this program. 

When: CANCELLED till further notice

Location: Nature Center

Time: 9:30 or 11:00 A.M.

Fee: $3.00 per person

Honey for Sale at WLS

RPAWS training

Annual beginner training session.  Must be 18 or older.  Please call 920-391-3671 for information.

When: CANCELLED till further notice

Location: Nature Center

Time: 8:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

Fee: $2.00 for materials

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.