The Ridges Sanctuary

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If Only These Walls Could Talk: Baileys Harbor Range Lights Docent Opportunity Offers the Next Best Thing!

Posted on Jan 4, 2023 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Articles · Blog · Featured · From the Keepers Desk

by Sandy Miller Volunteering as a Baileys Harbor Range Light docent is about interacting with people and telling the story of the people who lived in the Upper Range Light.  There is so much history packed into the 154 year old Upper Range Light – if only these walls could talk.  But wait, that is [..Read more]

Natural Christmas at The Ridges Sanctuary

Posted on Dec 6, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Featured · In the News

Published by Fox 11 News – December 6, 2022 Natural Christmas preparations at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor BAILEYS HARBOR (WLUK) — Celebrating winter and Christmas naturally is taking place in Northern Door County at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor. Its humble beginnings started about 15 seasons ago inside a rustic log building. “The first [..Read more]

Trackchair at the Ridges

Posted on Dec 5, 2022 by Jackie Rath   No Comments Yet | Posted in In the News · Uncategorized

Published by Door County Pulse – November 22nd, 2022 Trackchair at the Ridges The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor hosted two Trackchair Open Access Days last week that allowed community members who can’t otherwise negotiate the trails to experience the beauty of The Ridges’ Family Discovery Trail. The sanctuary partnered with Kinect M1 to offer [..Read more]

Nature Notes: Snow Science

Posted on Dec 1, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Nature Notes · Uncategorized

By Anna Foster  If you’re anything like me, you might have groaned when you saw the first dusting of snow two weeks ago. The winter season brings opportunities for adventuring on snowshoes, cross country skis, snowmobiles, and ice skates… but it also means getting up 30 minutes earlier to shovel off your car. However, annoying [..Read more]

Nature Notes: Deer on the Run – Wisconsin White-tails

Posted on Nov 7, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Homepage Photo Gallery Images · In the News · Nature Notes

By Anna Foster and Jackie Rath The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources refers to the large population of white-tailed deer as an iconic and important part of the Wisconsin landscape and culture. And depending on your point of view, deer can be either a wonderful or troublesome part of living in Wisconsin. Growing up in [..Read more]

The Golden Glory of Tamarack Trees

Posted on Oct 31, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Featured · Homepage Photo Gallery Images · Nature Notes

By Sheryl Honig, PhD, Environmental Educator You may not think of The Ridges’ boreal forest as a destination for viewing fall color.  The sandy ridges are home to conifers like hemlock, spruce, balsam fir, and cedar.  These conifers are evergreen and don’t explode with color in the fall.  But there is one conifer that puts [..Read more]

What’s Living at The Ridges?

Posted on Oct 19, 2022 by Jackie Rath   No Comments Yet | Posted in In the News

Published by Door County Pulse, Peninsula Pulse – October 13, 2022 Sanctuary plans first major plant survey since 1983 The Ridges Sanctuary has some of the most diversified habitat in the Midwest in a relatively compact area, and the sanctuary’s leaders want an update on what’s living there. Forty years have passed since the last [..Read more]

Ridges Spotlight: Summer Naturalists

Posted on Aug 24, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Featured

This summer, the Ridges welcomed Summer Naturalists Anna Gossard, Ben Epley and Sydney Rushing to assist with children’s Backpack Adventure Camps, lead nature hikes and other projects in operations and research. We were happy to talk with these three talented individuals as they wrapped up their internships about their experiences and what’s next: How did [..Read more]

Ridges’ Gill Enjoying Master Planning Process

Posted on Aug 15, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in In the News

Published by Door County Daily News —  August 14, 2022 Giving your feedback on the future of The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor has been an enjoyable history lesson for its executive director Andy Gill. The Ridges Sanctuary kicked off its 20-year master plan process in May on the heels of its purchase of The [..Read more]