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.

Ridges Guided Winter Hikes – Fridays and Saturdays through March 24th

Experience The Ridges in a new way and in a whole new season! These hikes with a Ridges naturalist cover the cultural and natural history of the ridges and swales during the winter season. Enjoy a leisurely hike on level terrain. Participants may always hike in boots or, if sufficient snow cover, may choose snowshoes. Hike will end at the Center with a cup of hot chocolate or locally roasted coffee. Notes/Special Instructions: A limited number of snowshoes are available for hike participants – call ahead to reserve. Additional $5 to rent snowshoes. (If weather does not permit snowshoes, hikes will still proceed.)
Fridays at 2:00 PM
Saturdays at 10:00 and 2:00 PM
Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • Free – Under 18
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

Story Hour at The Ridges – Saturdays, 11:00-12:00noon

Come join us for Story Hour and hot chocolate. You will hear a Ridges staff member read a book about animals and plants that live at The  Ridges, and you will make something special to take home. Weather permitting, we will take a short hike outside. And, if YOU have a favorite book about an animal or plant that you would like to show us, please bring it in! We love to share ideas about good books!

March 24 – The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony

Appel’s Bluff Hike – Sundays, April 8th & May 6th – 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

Midwest Crane Count – Saturday, April 14th; 5:30 am to 7:30 am

The primary purposes of the Crane Count are to help monitor the abundance and distribution of cranes in the Upper Midwest and to introduce people to cranes and
their natural environment. Counters are needed to survey for cranes on designated sites throughout Door County. No previous experience needed. End the morning
with coffee and donuts at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center.
Contact Matt Peter, Land Manager, for more information about the Crane Count and other citizen monitoring volunteer opportunities: or
920-839-2802, extension 108.

Location: Door County

Spring Logan Creek Hikes – Sundays: April 15th & May 20th – 2:00 – 3:30 pm

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

Earth Day Volunteer Clean Up – Saturday, April 28th; 9:00-12noon

The Ridges will be hosting its annual Spring Clean Upon in honor of Earth Day (April 22nd). Members and volunteers are invited to help us get out and refresh our campus. This year we will be sprucing up around the Center and Range Lights, spreading mulch, and cleaning up some of our extended properties. Come prepared to get dirty and bring those neglected garden/work gloves. Extra wheelbarrows are welcome. Lunch will be provided for all!
Please call 920-839-2802 to volunteer and register for lunch.

Location: Meet at the Ridges Cabins, 8288 County Q

Woodcock Watch – Saturday, April 28th; 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Here’s your chance to experience firsthand what Aldo Leopold described as the “sky dance.” After a short indoor presentation, we’ll head out into the field to watch woodcocks engage in this remarkable courtship display. Suitable for ages 7 and up. Bring binoculars if you have them, and a blanket or cushion to sit on if desired.
Fee: $10 Members • $13 Public • Free Under 18

Location: Meet at the Ridges Cabins, 8288 Cty Q

Daily Guided Spring Hikes – Daily starting May 1 – 31 at 10:00AM

(No hikes May 25 – 28 during the Festival of Nature)

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

Who Croaks There? – Saturday, May 5th; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

For frogs, spring means mating season, and males use their unique (and very loud) voices to attract a mate. Join us as we listen for the quacks, trills, peeps, and snores of the frog species that live here in Door County. After a short presentation to learn about the frogs and their sounds, we’ll take a hike to listen for the frogs. Suitable for all ages. Limit: 20 people
Fee: $10 Members • $13 Public • Free Under 18

Location: Meet at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

Discovery Bird Hikes – Saturdays: May 5th, 12th, 19th at 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

Range Light Tour Volunteer Training – Thursday, May 10th; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Volunteers will learn how to lead Range Light tours for the summer. Tour guides will work with the public as well as trolley tours from May to October. This training will give you the knowledge and history of the Range Lights and teach you how to give an effective and energetic tour.

Location: Meet at Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


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