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.

WLS Covid-19 update:

Due to the increasing positive coronavirus cases in our community, our buildings will be closed until further notice.
     ♦ The paved Habi-trek Trail, Raptor Trail area, and floating boardwalk/waterfalls area will remain open.
     ♦ All hiking trails will remain open 8:00 AM-4:30 PM daily.
     ♦ The Deer Tower area will temporarily be closed.
     ♦ There is access to temporary outdoor restroom facilities at the Nature Center and Observation Building.
     ♦ Call (920) 391-3685 for injured or orphaned wild animals admits by appointment only.
     ♦ Corn sales will continue from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM outside the Observation Building, no change will be available.
Check our Facebook page for the most current updates.
We appreciate your support and your understanding through these unusual times.
Please call the office at (920) 391-3671 or Steve Lakatos, Superintendent, at (920) 391-3675 with questions.


Holiday Hours

The park will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  We will resume operating hours of    8-4:30 on Friday, November 27.  We are so thankful for all of you and your contiuned support.  Stay safe!

Butterfly Unit

Hello 2nd and 3rd grade teachers!  We miss seeing you and your students in person, but we do have a virtual followup field trip available for the Life Cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly Unit.   Please call (920)391-3677 if you are interested in the link to these videos!

Virtual Programs Available

In-person programming is temporarily postponed, but 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

Trail Fitness Walks

Staff led walks are postponed until further notice; however, our trails are still free and open 8-4:30!  Get outdoors and get your steps in!  The trail is unpaved and uneven.  Questions?  Please call (920)391-3671 

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 us on Instagram and Twitter. 

No pets or bikes on trails please

Please remember that for the safety of our wildife and resident animals, we do NOT allow dogs and other pets.   Please do not ride bikes on our trails.  Visitors can ride their bikes into the park, but please walk on the trails.

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.