The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Youth Education

Early Childhood Education

Tiny Trekkers Nature Play – For children walking – 3 years

Registration now open for summer programs!

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.

Mondays 9:00-10:15AM Cost per Session: $40 per 4 week session (Summer Session 2: $50).

Summer Tiny Trekkers: 

Session1: June 1 – 22, Wildly Colorful!

Explore wildflowers, butterflies, snakes and more during this colorful time of year.  

Session 2: August 3 – 31, (5 weeks): We’re All Abuzz!

Kids are buzzing about dragonflies, bees, and other insects.

Dragonfly Nature Play – For children ages 3 – 6 years

Registration now open for the 2020-2021 Year!

This early childhood program reflects best practices as described by the NAEYC (National Association of the Education of Young Children), and NAAEE (North American Association of Environmental Education). Children go on guided hikes, plan investigations, have time to listen to nature in silence, and engage in extended free exploration and play among forest, meadow, and wetland. Click here for a detailed flyer.

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

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

Fall 2020 – SEMESTER 1: Sept. 8 – Jan. 21
17 weeks, $850

Spring 2021 – SEMESTER 2: Jan. 26- May 25
17 weeks, $850

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

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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