The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research


Please select which program you wish to register for:


Bluebird Nest WorkshopEastern bluebird populations are back on the rise thanks to the help of nest box building enthusiasts! Continue to help by learning what bluebirds need to survive and creating a nest box to take home. Charlotte Lukes will be joining us to teach us why assisting these little bluebirds is so important. Tools and materials for one box provided. Saturday, March 18th, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
              $20 Public, $15 Members, $5 Youth, $10 Additional Boxes


Summer Camp: This summer we invite campers age 4-6 and 7-11 to join us for weeks filled with adventure, exploration, and discovery. Camps are held Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - Noon*. Children will engage in thoughtfully planned, supervised outdoor learning activities. On Fridays, campers will enjoy “Friday Fun Day” at the beach! Space is limited per session to 15 campers for ages 4 - 6 and 16 campers for ages 7 - 11. Each child receives a Ridges Adventure Pack that they will use throughout the week and take home at the end.

Register early, camp fills quickly. REGISTRATION OPENS MONDAY, MARCH 6TH, AT 10:00 AM

Tiny Trekkers

Sessions are now open for March. Click the link above to register for the following activities.

March 2023 | March Madness | 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21

April 2023 | Signs of Spring | 4/2, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25

May 2023 | Wildflower Wonder | 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23

Ridges Forest School


This year’s Ridges Reads Book Club Presents: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Join us as we discuss Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Our annual winter book club will meet every three weeks starting on January 10th and will be offered both in person and virtually! Virtual discussions will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center. In person discussions will take place via Zoom on Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Each discussion in the series will focus on one of the five sections in the book. All book club discussions are free. We ask that you register in advance as we have limited space available for both programs.

Click Here to Register for the In Person Discussion

Click Here to Register for the Virtual Discussion


Crane Symposium 

Join us on April 14th and 15th for the Crane Symposium, celebrating Door County’s crane populations! Wisconsin cranes have made a comeback after decades of declining populations. Discover why populations declined and why they are resurging, learn about current threats to crane populations, and participate in the Midwest Crane Count!

Keynote Presentation: What Have We Done to Deserve All These Cranes? With Professor Stanley Temple

In recent years islands and sandbars along the Wisconsin River have hosted ever-growing numbers of Greater Sandhill Cranes as they prepare to depart for their wintering areas. Flocks of upwards of 10,000 birds converge on the stretch of the river above and below the Aldo Leopold’s Shack each fall. That’s a large proportion of the cranes that now nest in Wisconsin. Why has there been such an impressive resurgence in the crane population since Aldo Leopold worried about its impending extirpation 80 years ago, and what attracts all these birds to the vicinity of the Shack? Professor Stan Temple will review the remarkable recovery of Midwestern sandhill cranes, describe their migratory behavior and discuss some of the recent controversies, such as crane hunting, that have attended their new status as an abundant bird. Preregistration is required to gain access to the Zoom link for the presentation. Friday, April 14th, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.

Crane Nest Site Hike with Jane Whitney

Join Naturalist Jane Whitney on a hike to a popular crane nesting site to learn about crane nesting sites and what makes the wetlands of Door County the perfect crane nesting habitat. Saturday, April 15th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

$15 Public | $12 Member | $5 16 & Under



%d bloggers like this: