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.

Naturalist-Led Sanctuary Hikes – Daily, 10:00 am  

A relaxing 2 hour walk on the trails. Learn a little about the history of The Ridges and a lot about the wildflowers, insects and other features of Wisconsin’s first land trust. Includes access to the Upper Range Light lantern room. Appropriate for all ages. NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY, meet at the Nature Center.

$5 – Members, $8 – Non-Members,  FREE – Under 18


Forest of Fungi – Thursday, September 21, 2 PM – 5 PM

Ever wonder what kind of mushrooms you can find in the Fall? Join us for a special guided hike as we explore the Sanctuary and identify various fungi found within. Following the hike, will
be a special presentation by The Wickman House on how to prepare tasty edible mushrooms.

Fee: $10 – Members • $13 – Public

Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


Fall Work Day – Saturday, September 30 at 9:00 am. At the Workshop

Calling all volunteers! Mark your calendars and help us prepare the campus for winter. Volunteers of all ages are invited to help with a variety of indoor and outdoor
projects – hauling wood chips, raking, organizing, etc. Afterwards, enjoy lunch on us.


Appel’s Bluff Hike – Sunday, October 1st, 2:00 pm

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.


Bats Live! – Saturday, October 7th, 11:00 AM

These superheroes of the night sky are responsible for worldwide pest control, seed dispersal, and pollination among other benefits. Jennifer Redell, WDNR bat biologist, will teach about the importance of these amazing animals and unearth the mysteries of Wisconsin’s bats. Attend to learn about how white-nose syndrome is currently affecting Wisconsin
bats and find out how you can help contribute to Citizen Science by helping to monitor local bat populations. Jennifer will be accompanied by live bat ambassadors, including a flying fox native to Africa!

Fee: Free

Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


Bat House Building – Saturday, October 7th, 1 – 3 PM

Our superheroes of the night sky need your help! Installing bat houses provide safe housing for local bat populations. Drop in at the workshop anytime between 1pm and 3pm to build your very
own bat house and pick up some tips on where to locate it and when to put it out.

Fee: $25 – Members $30 – Public

Location: Ridges Workshop off County Q

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