The best way to see The Ridges is to join one of our naturalists on a two-hour guided hike. Sanctuary hikes are held daily through October, while guided hikes at Logan Creek or Appel’s Bluff are held once a month. View our upcoming hike schedule HERE.
Raptor Program – October 22
Have you ever met an owl face to face? What about a hawk? A falcon? Meet some of Wisconsin’s common, but rarely encountered birds. Discover what a raptor is, hear their stories and learn what you can do to ensure they remain a significant part of the ecosystem. Advanced registration recommended.
Fall Wreath Making – October 22
Fall is here, so get your homes ready using nature as an inspiration! Stop in for a fall wreath workshop where an instructor will use natural items collected from our woods, fields and yards and teach you the art of wreath making. There will be lots of great material that needs your creative hands! Supplies will be provided. Saturday, October 22; 1:00 – 4:00 pm Fee: $25 members, $30 public Location: Kaye Cabin
Night Sky Hike – December 3
A hike at The Ridges is nice anytime, but a night walk can be amazing! On this night, the moon will be visible by only a sliver in the sky, creating spectacular conditions for viewing objects in the sky. We’ll stop at key vantage points to enjoy celestial wonders. Round out the evening with a campfire and hot chocolate back at Kaye and Marshall cabins!
Wreath-Making Workshop – December 3
Get your homes ready using nature as an inspiration! Stop in for our winter wreath workshop where you will use natural items collected from our woods, fields and yards and create your beautiful winter wreath. There will be lots of great material that needs your creative hands! Supplies will be provided.
Natural Christmas – December 10
You deserve to spend a few hours this holiday season surrounded by the natural beauty of The Ridges Sanctuary. Stroll down the softly lit Hidden Brook Boardwalk and join us in our beautifully decorated Kaye Cabin, while sipping on warm cider, eating delicious cookies and listening to holiday music. This program offers a wreath-making workshop, holiday crafts, and even marshmallows and chestnuts around the open fire. Guided hikes and tours of the Range Light are available throughout the event.
Between the Holidays – December 26th – 30th
Join us between the holidays for some family friendly activities. Activities will be set up at the Cook-Albert Fuller Center between 10 am and 4 pm. Snow shoes will be available for rent. All programs are free to the community.
Monday, Dec. 26th: Create natural decorations such as pine cone ornaments or bunting made with cedar etchings.
Tuesday, Dec. 27th: Help our winter bird friends by creating peanut butter bird feeders to display around your yard.
Wednesday, Dec. 28th: Get crafty and create unique woodland mobiles and stick animals.
Thursday, Dec. 29th: Learn how to make homemade paper. Bring in your old holiday cards and recycle them into a unique piece of paper.
Friday, Dec. 30th: Come learn more about animal tracks and make your own track casting.