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 & 2:00pm 

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

Discovery Bird Hikes – Saturdays in July, 6:30 am – 8:30 am

Join fellow birding enthusiasts for a morning excursion into the woods, fields and waters around Baileys Harbor. Beginners and experienced birders welcome! Bring binoculars if desired. Meet: Ridges Cabins, 8288 Cty Q, Baileys Harbor

FREE Members, $5 Non-Members

Lake Lesson – Piping Plover – Thursday, July 27, 7:00PM

After a more than a 75-year absence from the area as a breeder, the endangered Piping Plover was documented breeding in Green Bay the summer of 2016. Piping Plovers have been
attracted to the Cat Island Wave Barrier restoration site for the past several years and in 2016 the first recorded nest in Brown County history was found. Join Joshua Martinez as he discusses
management of the Cat Island Wave Barrier site that is done in partnership between Wisconsin DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Brown County Port Authority, and others. Cook-Albert Fuller Center


Lake Lesson – Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Management for Lake Michigan – Thursday, August 3, 7:00PM

Wisconsin DNR fisheries biologist Nick Legler will share information on fisheries management for Lake Michigan. This presentation will focus mostly on Chinook salmon and steelhead.
Topics may include fisheries management history, recent survey results, ongoing research, and recent management efforts.


The Ridges 80th Anniversary & Building Dedication Event – Saturday, August 5th

Please join us for a fun filled day at The Ridges!

Schedule of Events
9:00 am – Cook-Albert Fuller Center opens
10:00 am – Naturalist-led hikes
11:30 am – Building Dedication Ceremony
12:00 – 2:00 pm – Cook Out & Social
2:00 pm – Naturalist-led hikes
5:00 pm – Annual Meeting (RSVP required)
6:15 pm – Dinner (RSVP required)

To RSVP for the Annual Meeting and Dinner, click here.

Appel’s Bluff Hikes – Sunday, August 6 at 2 PM

Join a naturalist to explore this varied landscape featuring ledges, a hardwood forest, and open fields. Moderate to easy hiking. Wear appropriate footwear. Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Center, then to trailhead.

Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • Free – Under 18

Lake Lesson – Using Citizen Science to Track Great Lakes Fish Migration – Thursday, August 10, 7:00pm

Shedd Aquarium and partners are engaged in two projects using citizen scientists to document fish migrations in the Great Lakes. The first project involves a concentrated effort to document
sucker spawning migrations across a latitudinal gradient in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, with the purpose of identifying temperature and flow levels that trigger the onset of migration.
The second project involves an opportunistic approach whereby anglers document their observations into the Great Lakes Fish Finder app. Join Dr. Karen J. Murchie to learn how you can join in the efforts!


Lake Lesson – Plant Disease Management – Thursday, August 17, 7:00pm

Gardeners everywhere have suffered losses of vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs due to plant diseases. An understanding of how plant diseases get into your yard or garden, and how they are able to infect your plants, can help you develop strategies to avoid serious problems. Dr. Brian Hudelson (aka “Dr. Death”), Director of the Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, will talk about how plant diseases occur and how they affect your plants. Strategies for preventing and managing plant diseases
will be discussed to help you be more successful in the upcoming growing season!


Logan Creek Hike – Sunday, August 20 at 2 PM

Explore the beautiful landscape of this 170-acre parcel on Clark Lake featuring upland hardwood forest, lowland cedarhemlock forest and frontage along Clark Lake and Logan Creek. Moderate to easy hiking. Wear appropriate footwear and bring binoculars if desired. Location: Meet at trailhead, 5724 Loritz Road.

Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • Free – Under 18

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