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.

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 2021 Camp Brochure for information.

ALL CAMPS:

Times: Monday – Thursday 9-11:30 AM OR 12:30-3:00 PM
Fee: $50 residents / $75 non-residents
Enrollment: Minimum enrollment of 5, Maximum enrollment of 8
Pre-register: Call 920-391-3671 for registration

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Wolf Feeding

Don’t miss the chance to watch our pack of wolves get fed.  Our staff has helped care for these resident wolves from wolf pups to full-grown adults. The best view of this free program is from inside or outside the Woodland Building wolf viewing area.

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Woodland Building Area
Fee: Free!
Note: Check our Facebook page for weather-related cancellations.

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Animal Stories for Preschoolers

Geared toward ages 3-5.  Each program includes a story and is enhanced with a variety of activities such as live animal visit, craft project, or outdoor walk.  Space is limited, and Registration is required at this time; call 920-391-3671.

Dates: Mondays in September-April
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Nature Center
Fee: Free ($2.00 donation suggested)
Note: Call 920-391-3671 to register.  Adult required to stay with child.  Check our Facebook page for weather-related cancellations.

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Exciting Enrichment

Learn about what enrichment is and how it benefits captive animals.

Dates: Mondays in summer 2021; check main calendar for specific dates
Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Location: Raptor Theater outside the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Fantastic Felines

Learn about the wild felines that call the Wildlife Sanctuary home.

Dates: Tuesdays in summer 2021; check main calendar for specific dates
Time: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Location: Woodland Building Cougar and Bobcat exhibit
Fee: Free!

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Cool Corvids

Blue Jays, crows and ravens are all in the corvid family. The program gives you a chance to better understand these bird brains!

Dates: Wednesdays in summer 2021; check main calendar for specific dates
Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Location: Raven Exhibit
Fee: Free!

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Fox Trots

A chance to observe the training and enrichment done with our exhibit foxes.  Staff will be available to answer questions.

Dates: Mondays in summer 2021; check main calendar for specific dates
Time: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Location: Woodland Building fox exhibit
Fee: Free!

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Wonderful Waterbirds and Singing Songbirds

In this program, you’ll learn all about either shorebirds and waterfowl or about songbirds.  Ask questions and learn more about our feathered friends!

Dates: Fridays in summer 2021; check main calendar for specific dates
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Raptor Theater outside the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Terrific Turtles and Snakes Celebration

Come and meet our turtle ambassadors!  A great opportunity for observation and getting familiar with these cool friends.

Date: Tuesdays or Thursdays in summer 2021; check main calendar for specific dates
Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Location: Raptor Theater outside Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Talon Talks

Drop by and see some of our live birds of prey! Birds will be perched and staff available to answer questions. Great photo opportunity!

Dates: Fridays in summer 2021; check main calendar for specific dates
Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Location: Raptor Theater outside the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Otter Odysseys

Join us for free at the Woodland Building Otter Exhibit to watch the training and enrichment activities that our staff performs with these  playful creatures.

Dates: Fridays in summer 2021; check main calendar for specific dates
Time: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Location: Woodland Building Otter Exhibit
Fee: Free!

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Awesome Ambassadors

Meet a variety of the ambassdor animals that live onsite at the wildlife sanctuary and have a chance to ask our staff questions about them.

Dates: Every other Sunday starting April 11, 2021; check main calendar for specific dates
Time: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Location: Outside at the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Evening Bat Programs and Walks

Come and learn about the bats in Wisconsin and in your neighborhood and then we’ll take a walk on the trail with a bat detector to look for bats! Please call ahead to register at 920-391-3671, as space is limited for this program.

Dates: TBD Summer 2021
Time: sunset
Location: Nature Center
Fee: Free (donations accepted)

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Full Moon Tai Chi

Practice the principles of Tai Chi while harnessing the openness the full moon offers in an energetic flow. No prior experience required; this event is open to adults and children ages 15 and up with adult supervision. Instructor, Eric Peters, gives an informative talk before each class.

Dates: 2021 TBD
Time: 6:00 PM (15 minute discussion and 1 hour of practice)
Location: Nature Center Auditorium
Fee: Green Bay residents $10; non-residents $15
Registration: Call (920) 391-3671

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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. Please check main calendar for any weather notices!

Dates:
Wednesdays and Saturdays–check calendar for dates
Time: 6:30 AM spring and 7:00 AM fall
Location: Meet in the parking lot by the fishing docks/residence
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: April and May 2021
Time: Tuesdays at 10:00 AM and Thursdays at 12:00 noon
Location: Meet in front of Nature Center
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/Times: Tuesdays in January, February, March 2021; 10:30 AM.  January 18 at noon and January 28 at 6:00 PM
Location: Meet the naturalist at the Observation Building
Fee: $5.00 (cash only)
Pre-registration Required: Call 920-391-3671.
NOTE: Snowshoe Hikes are snow 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 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.

SKI AND TEA:
Must have own skis. Join a naturalist on our ski trail for 45-60 minutes. Afterwards, come back to warm up with a hot beverage.

Dates: Thursdays January, February, and March 2021
Time: 2:00 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 snow conditions dependent. Check the main calendar for dates or cancellation notices!


NIGHT SKI:
Candlelit ski trail by the Nature Center. Campfire for s’mores and hot chocolate! For the night ski, trails will be groomed and lighted until 8:00 pm.

Date: February 23, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center amphitheater
Fee: $5.00 (cash only)
Pre-registration Required: Call 920-391-3671.
NOTE: Skiing is conditions and weather dependent. Participants must provide own skis.

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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: November 2021
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Meet at the Observation Building
Fee: Free!

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Scouting Adventure Clinic

Dates: TBD 2021
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Fee: $5.00 per scout
Pre-registration required: Call 920-391-3671.

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Quill Thrills

Can a porcupine really shoot its quills?  Find out more about these fascinating animals.

Dates: Thursdays in summer 2021; check main calendar for specific dates
Time: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Location: Porcupine Exhibit
Fee: Free

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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: TBD 2022
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: April 17, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Location: TBD
Fee: n/a
Pre-registration Required: Call 920-391-3683 by April 15, 2021

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Support WLS

There are lots of ways you can help! Click Support WLS to learn more.