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

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 Lessons – July 18, 7:00pm

Art of Composition in Nature Photography – Len Villano

Even with the modern technological advances in photography the one technique that most photographers struggle with is composition. Knowing what not to shoot is as important as knowing what to shoot. Using examples of his own work Len will show you his favorite techniques of composing nature photos. Whether you are shooting with a camera phone or the most expensive camera equipment your photography will benefit from learning to compose the image effectively.

Free
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


Logan Creek Guided Hike – Saturday, July 20, 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.


Discovery Bird Hikes – Saturdays in July, 7:00 AM

Join fellow birding enthusiasts for a morning excursion into the woods, fields and shoreline around Baileys Harbor. All members of our group collaborate to identify the birds we see. Both beginners and experienced birders welcome! Bring binoculars if desired.

Fee: FREE – Members • $5 – Public
Location: Ridges Cabins, 8288 Cty. Q, Baileys Harbor


Lake Lesson – July 25, 7:00pm

Roy Lukes, Renowned Naturalist – Charlotte Lukes

This new program tells about some of Roy’s family and early years growing up in Kewaunee, his youth serving in the army and playing in the Green Bay Packers Lumberjacks Band, but mostly about his love of nature and conveying that appreciation to so many young people and adults during his time teaching in elementary schools and as the first resident naturalist for The Ridges Sanctuary.

Free
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


Lake Lesson – August 1, 7:00pm

Sustainability in the Automotive Industry – Ken Jones

Environmental issues have been driving the need for use of electric cars and restrictions on combustion engines. As a retired engineer, Ken Jones has kept his eye on the automotive industry. Businesses, cities, and countries have been taking steps to respond to these issues. Join Ken as he shares his knowledge on this progressive movement.

Free
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


Lake Lesson – August 8, 7:00pm

Orchids Restoration and Research at The Ridges – Tony Kiszonas

In collaboration with the Smithsonian and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, The Ridges Sanctuary is committed to terrestrial orchid research and restorative endeavors in Door County, Wisconsin. What have we accomplished this last year? What have we discovered about the orchid represented throughout our property? Join us as we dive into orchid projects taking place at The Ridges Sanctuary.

Free
Location: Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center


Trails and Ales – August 14, 1:00 PM

Stop by the Nature Center for a naturalist-led guided hike then head over to the Door County Brewing Tap Room and Music Hall for a tasty beverage! Adults only.

Fee: $10 – Members • $13 – Public
Location: Ridges Cabins, 8288 Cty. Q, Baileys Harbor

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