The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research


Please select which program you wish to register for:


Winter Guided Hikes: offered every Friday at 1:30 PM and Saturday at 10:30 am and 1:30 PM beginning in January, running through the end of March.

Join a Ridges Naturalist for an exploration of the Sanctuary in the winter. We will head out on the trails to learn all about the Sanctuary, explore some winter adaptations, search for animal tracks, and more! If conditions allow, we will utilize snowshoes for our hike. You can rent snowshoes from our nature store for $5 per pair.

Fee: Public $10, Member $7, 16 & Under Free

Meet & Greet with Open Door Bird Sanctuary: Owl-O-Rama will kick off the month of March here at The Ridges! Stop by The Ridges Nature Center on Saturday, March 2nd, from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM to get up close and personal with birds of prey from Open Door Bird Sanctuary. Staff and birds will be set up around the nature center to answer questions and tell you about each bird!

Free Event. No registration necessary.

Chick Chats Story Hour: Bring your budding birders & naturalists to a Chick Chats Story Hour! Join Ridges staff at the Nature Center to read stories and learn about why Sandhill Cranes make the long journey north each spring, and how they do it. This program includes information about cranes and fun activities to excite kids about this special family of birds. At the end of the story, make a fun nature craft to take home or use on the Kids Birding 101 Hike. Suitable for families with young children.

Free, Family Friendly Crane Symposium event. No registration necessary.

Kids Birding 101 Hike: Want to try birding as a family? During this program, kids will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills of bird watching, including how to identify some common birds of Door County! We’ll meet at the Nature Center for a quick introduction then make our way down the Hidden Brook Boardwalk to see what birds we can spot!

Free, Family Friendly Crane Symposium event. No registration necessary.


Tiny Trekkers: Winter Session registration available now! 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 Sanctuary educator in gentle hiking, songs, and endless possibilities for exploration and experimentation.

Forest School: Are you looking for a nature immersion experience for your homeschooler to supplement their learning? The Ridges Sanctuary presents: Ridges Forest School. This program is specifically designed for homeschool students ages 6-9.


Our annual Owl-O-Rama returns this year to The Ridges! Here’s your chance to learn all about these
mysterious nighttime predators, including what species are found in Door County, their adaptations for hunting, and how we can protect them.

Owl Prowl Presentation and Hike: Join a Ridges Naturalist at The Ridges Nature Center to learn about owl species that call Door County home. Then, head out on the trail to hear them calling to one another!

Meets at Ridges Nature Center. Location for hike will be determined based on scouting.

Public $15, Member $12, 16 & Under $7

Owl Nest Box Workshop: Head over to The Ridges Workshop to build Eastern Screech-Owl nest boxes, which you can take home and hang in your backyard. A Ridges staff member will provide you with all the materials you need to assemble your nest box. Saturday, March 2nd, 12:30PM – 1:30PM.

Public $45, Member $40

Bluebird Nest Box Workshop: Eastern bluebird populations are back on the rise thanks to the help of nest box building enthusiasts! During this workshop you will continue to help bluebird populations 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 16th, 10:00am- 12:00pm.
$20 Public, $17 Members, $5 Additional Attendees, $15 Additional Boxes
Join us on April 12th-14th 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! Below are Crane Symposium events for which you can register online!
Keynote Presentation with Stanley Temple: Stanley Temple, professor forest and wildlife ecology and environmental studies at UW Madison will join us virtually for his presentation, “The Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Then and Now: Is It Still Working?” Friday, April 12th, 6:00pm-7:30pm. Location: Virtual via Zoom

Fee: None, pre-registration is required.

Crane Nest Site Hike with Jane Whitney and Julie Knox: Join Naturalist Jane Whitney and Julie Knox on a hike to a potential crane nesting site to learn more about what makes the wetlands of Door County the perfect crane nesting habitat. Saturday, April 13th, and Sunday, April 14th from 10:00am-11:45am. Meets at Cook-Fuller Nature Center, 8166 State Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor.

Fee: $15 Public | $12 Member | $5 16 & Under.

Artist Talks with Len Villano: Join internationally published photographer Len Villano as he reflects on his journey photographing nature in Door County, with an emphasis on birds and sandhill cranes. Villano is a local artist specializing in fine art, nature & wildlife photography of Door County and beyond. After his presentation, Villano will show some of the equipment he uses to capture the stunning visuals we often see gracing the Peninsula Pulse, followed by a Q & A session. Some of his works will be on display during the Symposium. Meets at the Cook-Fuller Nature Center, 8166 State Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor.

Fee: FREE, donations appreciated! Due to limited seating, preregistration is required.

Check out The Ridges Events Calendar or the latest edition (Summer/Fall 2023) of The Ridges Program Guide for more.