There’s more than one way to help!

Volunteers are the backbone of The Ridges and the core of many of our important programs. Over 200 dedicated individuals assist our staff in a number of different areas including:



Nature Center Staffing

If you like to work face-to-face with people, this is the job for you! Volunteers greet and orient visitors to the Sanctuary, collect trail fees, and staff the Nature Store. You’ll learn about the Sanctuary and meet lots of interesting people. To view available shifts or to sign up, click HERE.

Wednesday Crew

This dedicated group of men and women meets weekly throughout the year to work on a variety of projects: trail construction and maintenance, repair and upkeep of buildings and boardwalks, and many other duties necessary to keeping the Sanctuary’s properties and facilities in great shape.

Hike Assistants – Sweeps

No special knowledge required!  Being a Sweep means relaying questions from the rear hikers to the leader, making sure that slower hikers are accompanied, helping to keep hikers in a bunch, and letting the leader know if the rear hikers can’t hear what’s being said.  Also a very important reason for having a Sweep is so that there are two people available to help with emergencies.  To view available shifts or to sign up, click HERE

Lighthouse Keepers

These volunteers lead group and trolley tours of the Upper Range Light. Collect trail fees from the north end of our campus and interact with folks interested in the history of the Baileys Harbor Range Lights. To view available shifts or to sign up, click HERE.

Barberry PiratesInvasive Species Control

Several species of unwanted, non-native plants threaten the ecological integrity of the Ridges and we need volunteers to help control them. Barberry Pirates can work independently or in small groups. No special skills are required – just a willingness to help and a love of natural areas.

Surveying & Monitoring

Are you interested in searching for and recording various species found in the Sanctuary? You can help us gather information for long-term studies on butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and plant species as well as water quality changes.

Youth Programs

Your love of the outdoors can be shared with dozens of children who attend our youth programs each summer. No teaching experience is necessary.

Special Events

If you have a flair for planning and conducting events, we have a place to apply your skills! Much volunteer help is needed for some of our most exciting events, including the Festival of Nature, Lighthouse Walk, our Annual Gathering, Volunteer Recognition and others.

Each year, volunteers donate thousands of hours to The Ridges Sanctuary. New and exciting projects are always developing, and your help is greatly appreciated.  If you’d like to join in, just complete our Volunteer Questionnaire and send it to Kate LeRoy, The Ridges, PO Box 152, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202.

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