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.


Festival of Nature Registration Now Open!

Registration for the 17th annual Festival of Nature is now open! This event is held Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26 and features more than 60 programs, including birding, biking, hiking and paddling experiences. Explore Door County and celebrate its precious species, rare habitats, and natural beauty. Click here for more information.


10:00AM Daily Guided Hikes Begin May 1st!

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.

Part of Ridges 10K hike program

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


Logan Creek Guided Hike – Saturday, May 18 at 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.

Part of Ridges 10K hike program

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


Solitude Swale Guided Hike – Tuesday’s in May; 2:00 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.
Tuesday’s in May; 2:00 PM

Part of Ridges 10K hike program

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


Rustic Trails Guided Hike – Thursday’s in May; 2:00 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.

Part of Ridges 10K hike program

Fee: $5 – Members • $8 – Public • FREE – Kids
Location: Ridges Cabins, 8288 Cty. Q, Baileys Harbor


Discovery Bird Hikes – May 11 & 18 at 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.

*There will be no bird hike on May 25th during the Festival of
Nature. Check out more information of the Festival of Nature
to participate in special bird hikes throughout the festival.

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


Woodcock Watch – Saturday, May 11; 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Here’s your chance to experience firsthand what Aldo Leopold described as the “sky dance.” After a short indoor presentation, we’ll head out into the field to watch woodcocks engage in this remarkable courtship display. Suitable for ages 7 and up. Bring binoculars if you have them, and a blanket or cushion to sit on if desired.

Fee: $10 – Members • $13 – Public • $5 – Kids
Location: The Ridges Cabins, 8288 County Q.

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