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, Mon thru Sat

(Guided hikes end Saturday, Oct 26th!)

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


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

(Last hike is Monday, Oct. 21st!)

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 Hikes – Wednesdays, Sept. – Oct.; 2 PM

(Last hike is Wednesday, Oct. 23rd!)

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


Curious Citizen – Exploration of the Natural World. Thursdays; 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Each week we will dive into new topics with local experts to gain an understanding for our natural environment. Classes will include an indoor component followed by an “in the field” experience. As we build our knowledge, we enhance our ability to protect the natural world.

Oct. 10th – Cozy Up to Conifers Jane Whitney and Julie Knox


Logan Creek Guided Hike – Wed., Oct 16, 10:30AM

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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