Our Research Philosophy

To encourage, promote and facilitate research on the biota, physical and chemical environment of the Sanctuary and other relevant Door County habitats. The Ridges and surrounding landscapes have been recognized as the most biologically diverse area in the State by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. To protect The Ridges, research initiatives must provide an understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics and connections to the larger landscapes or watersheds.


Orchid Restoration Project

Where does The Ridges fit into the global picture of conservation? Understanding the vision created by our founders and talking with our partners over the last year, The Ridges can be the leader in orchid conservation for the Midwest. This is where we can make a world-wide difference in plant conservation and in protecting biodiversity.

20160629_143926In the spring of 2013, a dedicated group of volunteers, staff, and students set out into the Sanctuary to find orchids. This was the first step in the largest orchid restoration project in the history of The Ridges. This involved coordinating research initiatives and creating a native orchid recovery plan for The Ridges, Door County and along the Door Peninsula. For more information on this initiative see Fall 2015 Orchid Restoration Project and for the most resent update the Fall 2016 Sanctuary.

We rely heavily on contributions in order to continue this initiative. If you wish to make a financial contribution to the Orchid Restoration Project, contact Drew Richmond, Development Director at or 920.839.2802. 



For information about some of the other recent research and citizen monitoring projects conducted at The Ridges, see The Nature of Research  For more detailed information on a particular research project or area, call 920-839-2802 or email.


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