The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Programs and Events

For a calendar look of all upcoming programs, visit our events calendar by clicking here.


Sanctuary Guided Hike – Fridays, 1:00 PM Saturdays, 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Experience The Ridges in a whole new way and a whole new season! These hikes with a Ridges naturalist cover the cultural and natural history of the ridges and swales in their winter season. Enjoy a leisurely hike on level terrain. Participants may always hike in boots or, if sufficient snow cover, may choose snowshoes*. Hike will end at the Center with a cup of hot chocolate or locally roasted coffee.

Fee: $5 – members • $8 – public • FREE – under 18
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

*NOTES/SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Some snowshoes available for hike participants – call ahead to reserve. Additional $5 to rent snowshoes. (If weather does not permit snowshoes, hikes will still proceed.)


New Moon Night Sky Hike – Friday, Jan. 24th, 6:00 PM

There is no better time to observe the stars than during a new moon. Join us for a hike into the night where we look to the sky and observe our great galaxy.

Fee: $5 – members • $8 – public • FREE – under 18
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


Story Hour – Saturdays, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Come join us for Story Hour and hot chocolate. You will hear a Ridges staff member read a book about animals and plants that live at The Ridges and make something special to take home.

Fee: FREE
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center
• JANUARY 11 –
Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland. Paint with nature paintbrushes made from cedar and sticks.
• JANUARY 18 –
Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams. Make pinecone bird feeders with peanut butter and birdseed (or nut butter) Bring them home or decorate our trees.
• JANUARY 25 –
Best in Snow by April Sayre. Paint with colored ice.
• FEBRUARY 1 –
Groundhog Gets A Say by Pamela Swallow. Make your own groundhog snack complete with shadow.
• FEBRUARY 8 – No Story Hour
• FEBRUARY 15 –
When the Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge. Use Oreo cookies to represent the phases of the moon.
• FEBRUARY 22 –
The Mitten by Jan Brett. Create fabric mittens.
• FEBRUARY 29 –
Whoo Goes There? by Jennifer Ericsson. Dissect owl pellets and see what they contain.


Sizing Up Winter – Friday, Jan 24th, 10AM – 12:30 PM

No school today. What temperature does the water need to be to dissolve your hot cocoa mix? How long does it take an ice cube to melt? How many birds can fit on a feeder? Answer these questions and more at the Ridges Winter Science and Math day.

Fee: FREE Suitable for ages 5 – 10
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


12th Annual Great Waffle Breakfast – Saturday, Feb. 1st, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

We invite you to join the staff and volunteers of The Ridges for the Great Waffle Breakfast. Again, this year, the Baileys Harbor Town Hall will be filled with the aroma of delectable, golden waffles. This is the 12th year for our popular breakfast event! Enjoy your fill of waffles of all shapes and sizes, with Door County maple syrup, homemade cherry topping, whipped cream & sausages!

Donations of $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 are appreciated.
At the Baileys Harbor Town Hall


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