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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


Discovery Bird Hikes – Saturdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28  6:30 am

Join fellow birding enthusiasts for a morning excursion into the woods, fields and shoreline around Baileys Harbor. All members of our group collaborate to identify the birds we see. Both beginners and experienced birders welcome! Bring binoculars if desired. *There will be no bird hike on May 26th during the Festival of Nature. Check out more information of the Festival of Nature to participate in special bird hikes included in the festival.
Fee: Free – Members • $5 – Public
Location: Meet at the Ridges Cabins, 8288 Cty Q


Appel’s Bluff Hike – Saturday, July 7th – 2:00 pm

Join a Ridges naturalist for a hour and a half to two-hour hike exploring this varied landscape featuring ledges, a hardwood forest, and open fields. Moderate to easy hiking. Wear appropriate footwear

Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • Free – Under 18
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center then to trailhead


Trails & Ales – Monthly Experience; Tuesdays; July 10 & 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

JULY 12 – Orchid Research and Restoration at The Ridges Sanctuary

In collaboration with the Smithsonian and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, The Ridges Sanctuary is committed to terrestrial orchid research and restorative endeavors in Door County, Wisconsin. But what exactly does this entail? Join Tony Kiszonas, Naturalist and orchid researcher at The Ridges, as he shares information regarding terrestrial orchid projects taking place at The Ridges Sanctuary.

Fee: Free


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

JULY 19 – A Quest to Visit Every State Natural Area in Wisconsin

In 1952, Parfrey’s Glen in Devil’s Lake State Park was established as the first State Natural Area (SNA) in Wisconsin. Since then, 686 more SNAs have been added and together these areas protect the best examples of Wisconsin’s natural communities. Wisconsin’s SNA program was the first such system in the country and is one of the things that has made Wisconsin a leader in conservation. For the last ten years, Joshua Mayer, nature explorer and photographer, has visited over 600 SNAs across the state in an attempt to check out the unique plants, animals, geologic features, and natural communities that they protect. Josh will discuss stories from his quest to visit every State Natural Area, the plants he’s found, tips for visiting these sites, and share some of the amazing photos he has taken.

Fee: Free


Logan Creek Hike – Saturday, July 21st, 2:00PM

Explore the beautiful landscape of this 170-acre parcel on Clark Lake with a Ridges naturalist. Owned and managed by The Ridges, the Logan Creek property is comprised of a variety  of habitats, including upland hardwood forest, lowland cedar hemlock forest and frontage along Clark Lake and Logan Creek.
Notes/Special Instructions: Meet at trailhead at 5724 Loritz Road. Dress for the weather. Wear good hiking boots or bring your own snow shoes.

Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • Free – Under 18
Location: Meet at Trailhead at 5724 Loritz Road

 

 

 

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