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.

Guided Spring Hikes – Daily at 10:00AM & 2:00PM

Join a Ridges naturalist for a relaxing 2 hour walk on the trails. Learn about the history of The Ridges and about the wildflowers, insects and other features of one of the most biologically
diverse properties in the midwest. Includes access to the Upper Range Light lantern room. Appropriate for all ages.
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • Free – Under 18
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

Trails & Ales – Monthly Experience; Tuesday, August 14 at 1:00 PM

Stop by the Nature Center for a Naturalist-led Guided Hike. Hike will last roughly 1.5 to 2 hours and will travel about 1.5 miles. And then head over to the Door County Brewing Tap Room and Music Hall for a visit!

Fee: $10 – Members • $13 – Public
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, then to the Door County Brewing Tap Room and Music Hall

Lake Lessons – Thursdays at 7:00PM, Discovery Room of the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

AUGUST 16 Slowing the Hands of Time on Two Door County Inland Lakes

Door County consists of over 300 miles of shoreline but, relative to other Wisconsin counties, has few inland lakes. Only a portion of these inland treasures have not displayed the negative impacts of human influence. Two impacted systems, Dunes Lake and The Forestville Millpond, are in the midst of research and restoration activities. Brian Forest, of the Door County Soil and Water Conservation, will share the very different natural and cultural history of these two lakes as well as the recent efforts to reverse their premature aging due to human activities. Come and learn about these often-overlooked gems and find out what the future holds for them.

Fee: Free

Logan Creek-Saturday, August 18th, 2:00PM

Explore the beautiful landscape of this 170-acre parcel on Clark Lake featuring upland hardwood forest, lowland cedar-hemlock forest and frontage along Clark Lake and Logan Creek. Moderate to easy hiking. Wear appropriate footwear and bring binoculars if desired.

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

Location: Meet at Trailhead at 5724 Loritz Road

Lake Lessons – Thursdays at 7:00PM, Discovery Room of the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

AUGUST 23 Forensic Anthropology in NE Wisconsin: Bones, Burials, and Booyah

Do you remember hearing on the news that human bones were found somewhere in Northeastern Wisconsin? When that happens, law enforcement officials call in a forensic anthropologist for consultations. Typically, forensic anthropologists need to positively identify individuals represented only by bones, figure out how long since they’ve died, and determine the cause of death. This talk will describe how forensic anthropologists achieve these goals, and give examples from cases that occurred in Northeastern Wisconsin, including the Door Peninsula.

Fee: Free

Monarch Madness – Saturday, August 25th, 9 – 5PM

Have you ever seen a monarch chrysalis or held a monarch caterpillar? Do you know what Milkweed looks like and why it is so important for Monarchs? Visit our Nature Center anytime in August to witness live Monarchs at various stages of their life cycle and to learn about this fascinating insect. Great for all ages!

Monarch Tagging Workshop – 1 PM until 4:00 PM
Fee: $5 Members • $8 Public • Free Under 18

Flight of the Butterflies – 11 AM

At the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

Princess Pine & Fireworks? Wednesday, August 29 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Find out in this class! Learn to identify some of our common Club Mosses (Lycopodium)—Princess Pine, Ground Cedar, Shiny Club Moss, Wolf’s Claw—plus a few others. We’ll start with a short program introducing several Lycopodium species and identification tips. Will there be “explosive fun”? You bet!! Then we’ll head into the field to practice what we learned. We’ll be on our knees in a wet/muddy area, so wear appropriate clothes and shoes. Bring a hand lens or use one of ours. (Because of the sensitive natural area for the field trip, pre-registration is required. Last minute walk-in registration allowed only if class not filled.)

Fee: $10 – Members • $13 – Public

Location: Ridges Cabins. We will carpool for the fieldtrip.

Lake Lessons – Thursdays at 7:00PM, Discovery Room of the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

AUGUST 30 – Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program: Conservation of freshwater mussels through citizen-based monitoring

Wisconsin contains a high diversity of freshwater mussels where 52 native species occur. However, many populations have been locally extirpated and others are failing to reproduce. Despite their importance, limited work has been done to comprehensively inventory and monitor freshwater mussels and large informational gaps remain within Wisconsin’s 84,000 river miles and 15,000 lakes. Therefore, the Wisconsin DNR is partnering with volunteers and education centers with a goal of gaining a statewide perspective on mussel populations and inventory where individual mussel species occur through citizen science. Join us for a live field demonstration of the mussel monitoring program from 2-4 pm followed later by a presentation at 7 pm.


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