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Explore Nature – Day and Night – at The Ridges

Join a Ridges Sanctuary naturalist for a relaxing, informative, two-hour walk through the sanctuary during one of its guided hikes, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am. The hikes are appropriate for all ages and include the Upper Range Light lantern room and historic cabins. Meet at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. The cost is $5 per member, $8 for the public, and free for ages 18 and younger.

Enjoy a night hike on the boardwalk Aug. 21 and 28, 8-9:30 pm, to learn about the creatures that become active after the sun goes down and check out the range lights at work. Please do not take flashlights, light-up shoes or other luminary devices so your eyes can adjust to the dark. The hike is limited to six participants, and advance registration is required. The cost is $5 per member, $8 for the public, and free for ages 18 and younger.

Stop by the Cook-Albert lawn Aug. 22, 10 am – 2 pm, for Monarch Madness, featuring displays and live monarch caterpillars and butterflies. Live monarchs will be released every half hour starting at 10:30 am.

Families are invited to the family fort-building contest Aug. 29, 9-10:30 am. It’s limited to eight families, and advance registration is required. Building materials will be available in your designated building area or nearby, and no tools are allowed. A test will determine whether your fort could withstand a rainy day. The winning team will earn a prize. Meet at the Family Discovery Trail, 8297 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. The cost is $10 per family, with a maximum of two adults and four children.

The Ridges is also hosting a photography contest Aug. 24-29. Submit photos taken at The Ridges with the theme of “nature” through Facebook and Instagram by tagging the Ridges and using #ridgesphoto2020. The top three winners will receive prizes.

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