The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Designations, Awards & Certifications


The Ridges protects 1,600 acres of the most biologically diverse ecosystem in Wisconsin. Our ridge and swale complex provides a wide range of habitats that sustain a variety of plant and animal species. The Sanctuary is home to over 475 plant species, including the Ram’s-Head orchid and the Dwarf Lake iris. It also hosts the largest population of the federally endangered Hine’s Emerald dragonfly.

In recognition of this rich diversity, The Ridges Sanctuary has been designated as:

A Wisconsin State Natural Area (1953)

A National Natural Landmark (1967)

A National Audubon Society Important Bird Area (2007)

A Wisconsin Wetland Gem (2009)

A Wetland of International Importance Under the Ramsar Convention (2015)   

In partnership with the Sanctuary, the Town of Baileys Harbor has also earned the Bird City Wisconsin designation.


Harold ‘Bud’ Jordahl Land Trust Pioneer Award (2012)


Travel Green Wisconsin (2013)

Biological Field Station (2013)

LEED Gold  (2017)

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