The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Youth Education

Early Childhood Education

Tiny Trekkers Nature Play – For children walking – 3 years

This program is designed to create a foundation of love and respect for the natural world.  Active play in nature between caregivers and children provides lasting impressions.  Join a Ridges educator in gentle hiking, songs, and endless possibilities for exploration and experimentation. Click here for a detailed flyer.

Four Sessions, Mondays 9:00-10:15AM

September 9 – 30: “Five Senses”

October 7 – 28: “Fall Changes”

November 4 – 25: “Animal Homes”

December 2 – 16: “Holiday in the Woods”

Cost: $40/session

Dragonfly Nature Play – For children ages 3 – 6 years

In this nature-based early childhood program, children will make new friends, hike the boreal forest and wetlands, explore wildlife in multiple habitats, and play in a rich natural setting. Changing nature themes will be based on season, weather, and children’s interest.  Learning will occur through play, exploration, investigation, discussion, artistic expression, and children’s literature. Click here for a detailed flyer.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 – 11:30AM

Fall (Sept 10 – Nov 21) 11 weeks, $550

Solstice (Dec 3 – Dec 19) 3 Weeks, $150

Winter (Jan 7 – March 19) 11 Weeks, $550

Spring (March 31 – May 28) 9 Weeks, $450

For School Groups

One-time Field Trips

2 ½ hour program includes Introduction to Ridges and Swales;
Sanctuary Hike; Stream Study and Fort Building

Special topics can be requested by classroom teachers

Fee:  $3 per child if out of county; Free for Door County
students

Ongoing, Regularly Scheduled Early Childhood Field Trips

2 ½ hour program scheduled weekly or monthly across one or
more seasons

Play-based nature program includes Circle Time, hiking, free
play and exploration, guided nature activities, art, and children’s
literature.  Changing nature themes will be based on season, weather, and
children’s interest.   

Forest Day Program at School Site

  • Year-round or Seasonal
  • Can be scheduled regularly (e.g., weekly or monthly)
  • 2 Hour sessions (includes 20-minute debrief/plan with teacher)
  • Ideal group size – 12 – 16 (accommodations can be made for larger classes)

Fee:  $45 per Forest Day

Topics can be linked to Next Generation Science Standards,
Environmental Education Standards, Common Core Literacy/Math Standards

Program takes place outside in school forest and may include
brief lessons, nature activities, hiking, observation, journaling, unstructured
play/exploration, orienteering, nonfiction literature

Contact us with any questions

Early Childhood
Nature Play
School Field Trips
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