The Ridges is committed to providing education programs for both children and adults. Our goal is to increase the appreciation for our rich natural landscape and to foster connections with the natural world. We provide several programs, year-round, that are great for adults, children, and families. The Ridges strives to meet its mission of education and outreach.
Here are a few things going on right now!
Ridges Forest School
Learning in Nature - for Nature - about Nature
Forest School is a natural science education program designed for homeschool children who enjoy outdoor, hands-on learning. Guided by professionally trained educators, students will hike through diverse ecosystems, learn to journal, engage in hands-on investigations with their peers, and make personal connections with the natural world. Students will witness seasonal changes, adaptations, life cycles, and more throughout the school year. Curriculum will be child-centered and aligned with the North American Association of Environmental Education.
This program is designed to create a foundation of love and respect for the natural world. Active play in nature between caregivers and children provides lasting impressions. Join a Ridges Sanctuary educator in gentle hiking, songs, and endless possibilities for exploration and experimentation. Class will meet at different locations on The Ridges properties each week, allowing trekkers and caregivers to explore new habitats.
21st Annual Door County Festival of Nature
2024 Festival of Nature Details are coming soon! Stay Tuned! Join Ridges Sanctuary in 2024 celebrating 22 years of “The Door County Festival of Nature”. Historically, the Festival of Nature has been a three-day experience held over Memorial Day weekend. Over 20 years, thousands of people have come to Door County to revel in the natural beauty of the Door Peninsula. To see the scope of our experience, check out last year's guide.
Backpack Adventure Camp
This summer we invite campers age 4-6 and 7-11 to join us for weeks filled with adventure, exploration, and discovery. Camps are held Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - Noon*. Children will engage in thoughtfully planned, supervised outdoor learning activities. On Fridays, campers will enjoy “Friday Fun Day” at the beach! Space is limited per session to 15 campers for ages 4 - 6 and 16 campers for ages 7 - 11. Each child receives a Ridges Adventure Pack that they will use throughout the week and take home at the end.