Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach
Wildlife Sanctuary

Keep Our Wildlife Safe

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. Please click Keep Our Wildlife Safe for some visit tips. Click Hours for our seasonal hours. While nothing beats actually being there, click on links below to begin your journey through the sanctuary’s many offerings.


Friday Fun with Birds

Birdseed Pick Up on Saturday!

If you placed your order for birdseed, please make note to come pick it up on Saturday. The next sale begins in January. Read more…

Pick-Up Schedule:
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Pick up at Observation Building area

Come Play at the Sanctuary

Owl Prowl

Late November and December are great times of year to go out in search of owls. Join a naturalist as we venture out on the Sanctuary’s trails in search of these fascinating creatures. Come dressed for the weather. You’re welcome to bring a small flashlight with you. We’ll warm up with hot chocolate after the hike. FREE! Ages 8 and up.

Date: Monday, Dec 9, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Meet at Observation Building
Fee: Free
Register: Call (920) 391-3671
Note: Check our Calendar or Facebook page for cancellations

A Stone's Throw Away

Soup and Ski

Come out mid-day with your cross country skis and explore our trails with a naturalist and then come back inside and warm up with a nice bowl of soup! If snow conditions are not good for skiing, we will walk at a brisk pace instead. Minimum of 5 people needed by Dec 16, the Monday before. Must have own skis.

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Meet at trailhead by amphitheater
Fee: $5.00 per person, must have own skis
Pre-registration: Required by the day before the program. Call (920) 391-3671
Note: Check our Calendar or Facebook page for cancellations

Friends Volunteer Dinner

Thanks and Special Congratulations!

Thanks to all those who came out for the Friends Annual Banquet on November 14th. Special congratulations to Josh, an animal care volunteer who was awarded “Friend of the Year.” From left to right: Matt Rupnik, Senior Animal Keeper; Lori Bankson, Curator; Award Winner Josh; Warren S., Vice Chairperson of the Friends Guild; and Amy H., Chairperson of the Friends Guild.

Young Citizen Scientist Camp

Animal Stories for Preschoolers

This popular program is now offered for FREE! It is held every Monday of the month. For ages 3-5. Each program starts with a story and is enhanced with a variety of activities. Adult is required to stay with the child. Program is held by the hollow tree exhibit on the main floor of the Nature Center!

Date: Every Monday from Sep through Dec, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Nature Center main floor
Fee: Free
Note: Adult required to stay with child. Check our Calendar or Facebook page for weather-related cancellations

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Wolf Talk and Feeding

Come to the Woodland Building to see our wolves being fed! Stick around afterwards to talk with staff and volunteers about the wolves and their behavior.

Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Woodland Building
Fee: Free
Note: Click the Calendar or Facebook for weather-related updates.

Click on Page Titles for More Information!


Link to the Sanctuary calendar.

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.


Answers to frequently asked questions.


Trail information, trail map and WLS blog.


Fishing rules and etiquette, 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.

About Us

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