The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Youth Education

For the Public

Summer Backpack Adventure Camps

Children will make new friends, hike the boreal forest and wetlands, explore wildlife in multiple habitats, and play in a rich natural setting.  Each week features a theme, and all weeks emphasize connecting with nature. For more information, click here.

Four One-Week Sessions; 9 AM – Noon

Two age groups:  Ages
4-6; Ages 7-11

Family Retreat

This is a 4-hour day in the Sanctuary designed to allow family members to connect with each other and with nature.  Each family will hike, do nature crafts, have a picnic, do some nature journaling, try some yoga, and engage in activities that promote empathy and mindfulness.  Each family will work at their own pace, and all activities will take place outside. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Fee: $25 per family (A “family” can be 2 or more family members of ANY age, one must be an adult).

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

Preschool Collaboration
Backpack Adventure Camp
School Field Trips
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