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.

10:00AM Daily Guided Hikes

2:00PM Guided Hikes, Mon- Fri (Thru Sept 1)

Mon – Sat 10 AM only starting Sept. 2nd 

Join a Ridges’ naturalist for an exploration out on the trails. Learn about the cultural and natural history of one of the most biologically diverse properties in the Midwest! Depending on the week, experience the variations of wildflowers, insects and birds the Sanctuary has to offer. Hikes are appropriate for all ages. Wear appropriate hiking attire.

Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Kids
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

Lake Lesson – Aug. 22, 7:00PM
Evaluating and Protecting Door County’s Surface Water Resources – Brian Forest

Door County is not only surrounded by water, but there are also 38 named streams, 25 named inland lakes and nearly 55,000 acres of wetlands that reside within its boundaries. As pressure from various land uses increases, the health of these ecosystems need to be understood and properly evaluated to make wise choices for their protection and future use. Join us for a discussion of the various surface water resources of the county, what we know about them, and what activities are planned to ensure their future health.

Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

Monarch Madness!

Visit us throughout the summer to experience the life of a Monarch Butterfly at The Ridges Sanctuary.

Monarch Migration – Saturday, August 24th; 10:00 AM

What does it take for Monarchs to complete their annual migration; an incredible feat that only few insects would partake in. Join us as we dive into the details and explore the migration of a Monarch Butterfly.


Monarch Tagging – Saturday, August 24th; 11 – 2PM

Every fall as Monarchs travel thousands of miles to overwinter, their migration can be tracked and studied by tagging them. Learn why tagging is important and how you can raise Monarchs at home. Stop by the Nature Center between 11 am and 2 pm to tag and release our Monarch butterflies before they make their long journey south. Great for all ages!

Fee: Sponsor and tag a Monarch: $5 each

Lake Lessons – Aug. 29, 7:00PM
A Night with the Lights – Jake Heffernan

2018 brought a lot of attention to the Baileys Harbor Range Lights. They especially captured the attention of Jake Heffernan, Owner/Producer of Quarterdeck Media. While developing a documentary of the 11 Lighthouses of Door County, Jake used the Range Lights as his base for operations and experienced the lighthouses in a whole new way. Join Jake, as he takes us through his experiences while we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Baileys Harbor Range Lights and Cana Island Lighthouse.

Solitude Swale Guided Hike – Mondays, Sept. – Oct.; 2 PM

Explore the tranquil regions of our Sanctuary Trails with a Ridges Naturalist. Hike will travel approximately 2.0 miles along easy terrain; distance with a destination. Bring binoculars if desired.
Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Under 18
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

Rustic Trails Guided Hike – Wednesdays, Sept. – Oct.; 2 PM

Meet us out at the Ridges Cabins for a rustic experience. We will head out from the cabins to explore the far reaches of the sanctuary trails. Visit some of the lightly traveled areas that many of our protected species call home. Use the opportunity to dive deep into the ridges and swales of the Sanctuary.
Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Under 18
Location: Ridges Cabins, 8288 County Q

Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center

Lakeside Coastal Tours – Tuesdays, Sept. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th; 1:00 PM

Head out into the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan on the retired US Navy boat, the “Water Taxi”. The crew of “Water Taxi” will navigate the rustic shoreline of Lake Michigan. A Ridges Naturalist will join the tour to explore the cultural and natural history of Baileys Harbor and the Lake Michigan Shoreline. Limit 20

Fee: $40 Members | $45 Public
Location: Baileys Harbor Marina

Appel’s Bluff Guided Hike – Wed., Sept. 4th & Oct. 2nd; 10:30 AM

Join a naturalist to explore this landscape featuring rock ledges, a hardwood forest, and open fields. Moderate to easy hike. Bring binoculars if desired.
Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Under 18
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, then to trailhead

Backyard Restoration: A Native Plant Symposium

September 7th; 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

8:30 – 9:15 AM: Registration opens & continental breakfast
9:15AM – Welcome
9:30 AM – Native Habitats and Wildlife Support – Why native?
10:30 AM – Break
10:45 AM – Keynote speaker
Creating Prairie Gardens and Meadows – Neil Diboll
12:00 – Catered lunch
12:45 PM – Field trip #1 – TBD
2:30 PM – Field trip #2 – TBD

Register by calling The Ridges at 920.839.2802 or online at Registration deadline is September 3rd.
Limited space available. $50 per person.

Logan Creek Guided Hike – Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2 PM

Explore the beautiful landscape of this 170-acre parcel on Clark Lake with a Ridges Naturalist. Home of a variety of habitats, including upland hardwood forest, lowland cedar hemlock forest and frontage along Clark Lake and Logan Creek. It’s a great opportunity to see beautiful spring wildflowers as one hikes through the woods. Moderate to easy hike. Bring binoculars if desired.

Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Kids
Location: Meet at Logan Creek trailhead, 5724 Loritz Road.

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