Celebrating the Solstice

The end of June is approaching, and the longest day of the year calls for a celebration. Join a Ridges naturalist for a Solstice Walk on June 20 at 8 pm. Discuss earthly changes and witness the celestial descent as the sunsets. As night takes over, observe creatures that become more active – flying bugs and moths of all sorts. Cap off the evening with a bonfire and s’mores. The program fee is $10 for Ridges members, $13 for the general public and $5 for children under 18.

Mothers and daughters – or grandmothers and granddaughters – can spend the night under the stars at The Ridges on an Overnight Camping Adventure that includes a night hike, campfire, breakfast and a morning bird hike. The fun begins on June 27, at 7 pm and concludes at roughly 8:30 am on June 28. Bring your own tent and camping supplies. Marshmallows, cold breakfast and good times provided. This program is designed for children ages 6 – 10 accompanied by an adult. The program fee is $30/family for Ridges members, $40/family for the general public.

Space is limited for both programs, and advance registration is required. Register online at or call 920.839.2802.

Lake Lessons, The Ridges’ popular Thursday night speaker series, continues at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on June 26, with a program on the Historical Archaeology of Rock Island & the Door Peninsula. Heather Walder, an archeologist and Ph.D. Candidate at University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss the historical settlement of peoples throughout the Door Peninsula and their relationship to the Upper Great Lakes region. This presentation coincides with the installation of a new exhibit on Rock Island which highlights findings from Walder’s research. Admission to Lake Lessons is free. Donations are welcome.