The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Programs and Events

For a calendar look of all upcoming programs, visit our events calendar by clicking here.


10:00AM Daily Guided Hikes, Mon thru Sat

Join a Ridges’ naturalist for an exploration out on the trails. Learn about the cultural and natural history of one of the most biologically diverse properties in the Midwest! Depending on the week, experience the variations of wildflowers, insects and birds the Sanctuary has to offer. Hikes are appropriate for all ages. Wear appropriate hiking attire.

Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Kids
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


Solitude Swale Guided Hikes – Mondays, Sept. – Oct.; 2 PM

Explore the tranquil regions of our Sanctuary Trails with a Ridges Naturalist. Hike will travel approximately 2.0 miles along easy terrain; distance with a destination. Bring binoculars if desired.
Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Under 18
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


Rustic Trails Guided Hikes – Wednesdays, Sept. – Oct.; 2 PM

Meet us out at the Ridges Cabins for a rustic experience. We will head out from the cabins to explore the far reaches of the sanctuary trails. Visit some of the lightly traveled areas that many of our protected species call home. Use the opportunity to dive deep into the ridges and swales of the Sanctuary.
Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Under 18
Location: Ridges Cabins, 8288 County Q


Lakeside Coastal Tours – Tuesdays, Sept. 10th, 17th, 24th; 1:00 PM

Head out into the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan on the retired US Navy boat, the “Water Taxi”. The crew of “Water Taxi” will navigate the rustic shoreline of Lake Michigan. A Ridges Naturalist will join the tour to explore the cultural and natural history of Baileys Harbor and the Lake Michigan Shoreline. Limit 20

Fee: $40 Members | $45 Public
Location: Baileys Harbor Marina


Backyard Restoration: A Native Plant Symposium

September 7th; 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Itinerary
8:30 – 9:15 AM: Registration opens & continental breakfast
9:15AM – Welcome
9:30 AM – Native Habitats and Wildlife Support – Why native?
10:30 AM – Break
10:45 AM – Keynote speaker
Creating Prairie Gardens and Meadows – Neil Diboll
12:00 – Catered lunch
12:45 PM – Field trip #1 – TBD
2:30 PM – Field trip #2 – TBD

Register by calling The Ridges at 920.839.2802 or online at RidgesSanctuary.org. Registration deadline is September 5th.
Limited space available. $50 per person.


Swales and Ales – Saturday, Sept. 14th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Explore the Ridges Sanctuary with Ridges Naturalists and discover what plants in and around Door County can be used to create different flavor profiles when brewing beer. After walking the ridges and discussing some nature inspired brews, we will head over to the Door County Brewing Co. to learn about the beer making process. Program fee includes Ridges Pint Glass and Brewery pour. Must be 21 years or older.

Fee: $25 Members | $30 Public
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


Curious Citizen – Exploration of the Natural World. Thursdays; 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Each week we will dive into new topics with local experts to gain an understanding for our natural environment. Classes will include an indoor component followed by an “in the field” experience. As we build our knowledge, we enhance our ability to protect the natural world.

Sept. 12th – Club Moss Confusion Jane Whitney and Julie Knox

Sept.19th – Mushrooms of Door County Charlotte Lukes (*Special Note: This program will run from 1:00 – 4:30 PM to account for travel time to Logan Creek.)

Sept. 26th – Insects Galore! Mike Draney, Professor at UW-Green Bay

Oct. 3rd – Soils; The Ecological Foundation Brian Forest, Door County Conservationist

Oct. 10th – Cozy Up to Conifers Jane Whitney and Julie Knox


Logan Creek Guided Hike – Wed., Sept. 18, 10:30AM

Explore the beautiful landscape of this 170-acre parcel on Clark Lake with a Ridges Naturalist. Home of a variety of habitats, including upland hardwood forest, lowland cedar hemlock forest and frontage along Clark Lake and Logan Creek. It’s a great opportunity to see beautiful spring wildflowers as one hikes through the woods. Moderate to easy hike. Bring binoculars if desired.

Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Kids
Location: Meet at Logan Creek trailhead, 5724 Loritz Road.


Appel’s Bluff Guided Hike – Wed, Oct. 2nd; 10:30 AM

Join a naturalist to explore this landscape featuring rock ledges, a hardwood forest, and open fields. Moderate to easy hike. Bring binoculars if desired.
Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Under 18
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, then to trailhead

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