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Celebrate Our Wetlands at Crossroads

Each spring, Door County conservation organizations, along with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, have joined together to offer the Door County Festival of Nature. This year’s Festival runs from May 21 – 24.Crossroads at Big Creek is joining with the sponsoring organization, The Ridges Sanctuary, with this annual event.

This year’s theme for the festival is “Celebrating Our World Class Wetlands” in recognition of the fact that a number of Door County wetland sites have been designated as Wetlands of International Importance. Last December, Crossroads added a wetland to the Crossroads preserve, and Festival field trips will visit many of the county’s wetlands, including Big Creek and Big Creek Cove. (To register for this field trip, or the field trip to Ida Bay Preserve, visit RidgesSanctuary.org.)

Last winter, Crossroads (with a grant from Ministry Door County Medical Center) created a new trail through a heavily wooded conifer forest. Judging from the emerging foliage, it looks like there may be some wildflowers in bloom by May 24. Join the naturalist at 1 pm for a one-hour hike searching for wildflowers along the new trails at Crossroads. This hike is free and open to the public. Meet at the Collins Learning Center.

The Collins Learning Center (located at 2041 Michigan in Sturgeon Bay) is open 2 – 4:30 pm daily and during scheduled events. The Center will be closed to the public for Festival of Nature Events on May 24 and 25 and on Memorial Day. Trails are always open.