DO YOU ALLOW DOGS?
Believe us, we love dogs! But our first priority as a natural area is to create a refuge for nature where the impacts of human activity don’t interfere with the survival of native plants and animals. It’s up to us to ensure that we use the best management practices to conserve these unique areas for biodiversity. Unfortunately, dogs and conservation areas are not a good mix for a variety of reasons. Even when leashed, dogs can disturb wildlife, inadvertently spread invasive plants into natural areas and compromise fragile research areas along the trails.
There are many parks and trails in Door County where dogs are welcome, including Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, Whitefish Dunes State Park in Jacksonport, Cave Point County Park in Jacksonport and Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. For your convenience, there is also a dog park here in Baileys Harbor located at 2392 Cty F.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?
During peak season, the Nature Center and Nature Store is open 9-6pm. During the off-season, the Nature Center and Nature Store is open 9-5pm. Trails are open dawn until dusk every day.
WHAT ARE YOUR TRAIL FEES?
We ask $5 for a day pass for non-members above the age of 18. Under 18 and members are always free.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO HIKE?
This day pass helps us keep the trails maintained and supports The Ridges’ operating budget, which also helps fund the extensive research we conduct on our trails. The Ridges is a private, membership-funded organization and we receive no state money.
WHAT TYPES OF RESEARCH DO YOU CONDUCT ON THE TRAILS?
We have projects all over the place, from stream monitoring, to our growing orchid propagation project.
DO YOU ALLOW SNOWSHOEING?
Yes! We offer guided snowshoe hikes all winter. Snowshoes are also available to rent at the Cook-Fuller Center for $5.
HOW ABOUT BIKING OR CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING?
We do not allow biking and we do not groom out trails for Cross-country skiing. Trail runners are welcome!
IS THE NATURE CENTER WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
The Cook-Fuller center is completely wheelchair accessible. Additionally, as of spring 2016, the 1500 foot Hidden Brook Boardwalk is universally accessible as well.
CAN I HOLD MY EVENT OR BRING A LARGE GROUP TO THE RIDGES?
Sure thing! We have several options for events large and small. Hold a monthly meeting in the Discovery Room or begin a nature-inspired life together when you choose The Ridges as your wedding venue! Don’t need the space? We offer custom guided hikes to any size group. What a perfect way to round out a tour of Door County! More information coming soon.
DO YOU ALLOW HUNTING?
We do allow hunting in specific locations and only during specific times. More information.
WHERE DO I MEET IF I’VE SIGNED UP FOR A PROGRAM OR WORKSHOP?
Programs and workshops meet at the Cook-Fuller Center unless otherwise noted.
WHAT ARE THE PERKS OF BECOMING A MEMBER?
Ridges members enjoy free hiking, discounts on programs and guided hikes, 10% off in the Nature Store and on Festival of Nature field trips, subscriptions to Ridges Lites and Sanctuary publications. You’ll also received a Ridges tote bag and two guided hikes to get to know the Ridges a little bit better. More information…
CAN I VOLUNTEER?
Of course, and we sure hope you decide to join the team! Volunteering is a rewarding experience and Ridges volunteers are the cream of the crop! There’s a way for everyone to get involved! More information…