The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

FAQ’s

DO YOU ALLOW DOGS?

No. Our first priority as a natural area is to create a refuge for nature where the impacts of human activity don’t interfere with the survival of native plants and animals. It’s up to us to ensure that we use the best management practices to conserve these unique areas (Including Logan Creek and Appel’s Bluff) for biodiversity.

There are many parks and trails in Door County where dogs are welcome, including Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, Whitefish Dunes State Park in Jacksonport, Cave Point County Park in Jacksonport and Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. For your convenience, there is also a dog park here in Baileys Harbor located at 2392 Cty F.


WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?

During peak season, the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center and Nature Store are open daily 9-5pm. During the winter season,we are open 10-4pm Monday – Saturday.

Trails are open dawn until dusk every day.


WHAT ARE YOUR TRAIL FEES?

We ask $5 for a day pass for non-members above the age of 18. Under 18 and members are always free.


WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO HIKE THE TRAILS?

This day pass helps us keep the trails maintained and supports The Ridges’ operating budget, which also helps fund the extensive research we conduct on our property. The Ridges is a private, not-for-profit, membership-funded organization.


CAN I TAKE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS AT THE RIDGES?

We invest substantial funding and effort each year to ensure the Sanctuary is preserved for many generations to come. We welcome the opportunity to host photographers and their clients on the grounds, but we must ensure minimal interruption to our visitors and have zero impact to sensitive habitat areas on the property.

To maximize enjoyment and use by all of our guests, a formal photography policy has been implemented. For the purposes of this policy, a professional photographer is defined as someone who is being paid to take photographs at The Ridges Sanctuary. This includes amateur photographers acting in the role of professional photographer.


WHAT TYPES OF RESEARCH DO YOU CONDUCT ON THE TRAILS?

We conduct extensive research, year-round, throughout our property. This includes everything from stream monitoring to the Orchid Restoration Project. Click here to learn more.


DO YOU ALLOW SNOWSHOEING?

Yes! We offer guided snowshoe hikes throughout the winter. Snowshoes are also available to rent at the Center for $5.


HOW ABOUT BIKING OR CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING?

We do not allow biking for similar reasons as pets. We do not groom our trails, but Cross-country skiing is allowed.


IS THE COOK-ALBERT FULLER CENTER WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, it is completely wheelchair accessible. Additionally, the 1,800 foot Hidden Brook Boardwalk is accessible as well.


CAN I HOLD MY EVENT OR BRING A LARGE GROUP TO THE RIDGES?

Sure thing! We have several options for events large and small. Click here for all info you need for facility rentals. We also offer guided hikes to any size group. What a perfect way to round out a tour of Door County! Contact Us for more information for your event.


DO YOU ALLOW HUNTING?

We do allow hunting in specific locations and only during specific times. More information.


WHERE DO I MEET IF I’VE SIGNED UP FOR A PROGRAM OR WORKSHOP?

Programs and workshops meet at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, unless otherwise noted.


WHAT ARE THE PERKS OF BECOMING A MEMBER?

Ridges members enjoy free hiking, discounts on programs and guided hikes and 10% off certain Nature Store merchandise. You will receive a subscription to the Ridges Program Guide (4x year) and Sanctuary publication (2x year). New members receive a 25% off coupon for the Nature Store.  More information.


CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Of course, and we sure hope you decide to join the team! Volunteering is a rewarding experience and Ridges volunteers are the cream of the crop! There’s a way for everyone to get involved!

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