Frosty, Snow and Go

morgan bongard | wild green bay | feb. 2017

The snow's been piling up, while the ice on the bay has thickened into jagged pancakes. With winter now in full force, many may be weary of camping inside the house filled with dry air for another eight weeks. Why not bundle up the family and head to Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary for their lineup of great events throughout the month of February? They make it easy to enjoy winter. Get some fresh air while getting some exercise, or spend time in an educational lecture that everyone is sure to enjoy. Check out these great events.

Frosty Fun Night

Start by enjoying an evening of family fun during Frosty Family Fun Night. A Green Bay favorite, this fun evening is chock-full of activities that the entire family will enjoy. You'll be able to join sanctuary staff for a night hike, snowshoeing, horse-drawn wagon rides, treats, crafts and more. Get up close and personal with nocturnal animals, enjoy the bonfire and live folk music by the Good News Band. Treat yourself to a bonfire and s'mores, a chocolate dipping station and baked treats. Proceeds from this event benefit Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary. This event is extremely popular, so please make your reservations early. Frosty Fun Night is Feb 4, from 5 p.m. to 8p.m.

Ski & Tea or Night Ski

In addition to the family night, skiing and snowshoeing are perennial favorite winter activities and the sanctuary makes enjoying them easy. Enjoy Ski & Tea events on Feb. 7, 9, 21 and 23 at 10 a.m. Grab your skis and take to the snowy trails with a naturalist for a 45 – 60 minute turn on the trails, then return indoors to warm up with a hot beverage. Pre-registration is required and event is contingent on weather.

On Feb. 14 a Night Ski event is offered starting at 6 p.m. Experience winter at its finest and get some exercise too! Enjoy the trails in the calm of a winter evening and warm up by the fire afterwards. This event is weather and snow dependent and subject to change. Check in at the Nature Center amphitheater prior to the event and be sure to bring your own skis and dress warmly.

Snowshoe Hike

There's nothing like enjoying the quiet woods on a bright winter day, especially if you are on snowshoes! A snowshoe hike is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 10:30 a.m. with another hike offered again at 12:30 p.m. This naturalist-guided hike is limited to a maximum of 20 people per hike and is offered on a first come, first served basis. Snowshoes are provided or you may choose to bring your own. Those participating should meet in the Observation Building and come dressed for the weather.

Outdoor Bird of Prey Tour

A free Bird of Prey Tour is being offered on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Learn how the sanctuary's many birds of prey came to call the sanctuary home with this guided tour outside the Observation Building. Questions are encouraged and visitors are welcome to meet in the lobby afterwards for an up close look at some of the sanctuary's resident birds which include owls, hawks, eagles, kestrels and vultures. Not all birds will be available for viewing.

With all these activities offered, the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes you and encourages your family to get out and enjoy what's left of winter. For more information, or to register for an activity listed, call the sanctuary at (920) 391-3671.

Morgan Bongard is a freelance writer with special interest in the arts, histories and humanities. She is the author of the upcoming memoir 'BananaSeatTenSpeed.' Find her and more of her work at

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