The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research


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!

Dragonfly Nature Preschool

Nature is our classroom.  We believe that children develop social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language skills best when they play with others in the beautiful, fresh, inspiring outdoors!  Playing outside in a safe, but rich natural environment where there is mud, water, trees, birds, insects, plants, wildlife of all kinds, is the best way to benefit from play!  Children who are invited to go out into a real world to explore are highly engaged.  In the natural setting, during all seasons, there is a vast array of different things to see, smell, touch, stand on, run on, climb, sit on, talk about, and investigate.   With such complexity, there is no end of things to be curious about and to “try.”  Because of this richness, children focus their attention for long stretches of time.  Children gain endurance, resilience, and confidence as they hike, run, build, and embrace all kinds of weather.  Best of all, children find nature to be peaceful and they make a life-long connection to the natural world in Door County.

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19th Annual Door County Festival of Nature

Join The Ridges Sanctuary in 2021 celebrating 19 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 19 years, thousands of people have come to Door County to revel in the natural beauty of the Door Peninsula.

This year, we have redesigned the 19th Annual Festival of Nature to accommodate potential impacts and restrictions brought about by COVID. This year, so you won’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Door Peninsula, we will continue the celebration the entire season beginning May 28th and ending August 29th.

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Backpack Adventure Camp

Throughout the month of July 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 15 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.

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