Category: Outdoor

Getting outside in Door County is a must! While you can always explore a trail or lake shore on your own, the calendar is dotted with guided hikes, wildlife tours, bird watching treks, and cross-country skiing meetups. Find a group bicycle ride, a naturalist session, or paddleboard tour and explore Door County’s natural wonders.

  • Best Early Wildflower Hikes

    You have to know where to look for April flowers Do you want to be in the best place at the best time for a spring wildflower hike? Wisconsin’s busiest Master Naturalist, Jane Whitney, volunteers throughout Door County and leads orchid observation at The Ridges Sanctuary. She usually has an idea what wildflowers she’ll see […]

  • Wild Things: Let the Wild Turkey Tales Begin

    Pursuing wild turkeys in Wisconsin is a spring ritual for thousands of hunters. Colorful toms – the largest of which can weigh 25 pounds or more with sharp, curved spurs and long, brushy beards – are strutting their stuff in hopes of attracting a harem of females so they can pass on their genetics.  If […]

  • Door County Half Marathon 85% Full

    The kickoff to the summer season is almost here. The Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k is now 85% full, with nearly 2,100 runners signed up for the run in Peninsula State Park on Saturday, May 4.  Organizers of the race have announced a free training run in the park on April 13 […]

  • Wild Things: April Fish Tales Start to Grow

    An April snowstorm and the heavy rain that preceded it Tuesday was just what the fish doctor ordered for Great Lakes water levels. Lake Michigan and Green Bay tributaries got a boost, as did the wetlands so vital to more than 100 species of birds, amphibians and other creatures large and small. Green Bay has […]

  • Webb Telescope Discoveries

    Door Peninsula Astronomical Society President Dave Lenius will present “Discoveries from the James Webb Telescope” at the monthly meeting of the society at 7 pm Tuesday, April 9. If conditions allow, the observatory will open following the meeting. Visitors are encouraged also to check the Webb Telescope’s recent activities and position, by visiting or […]

  • Container Gardening Live Stream

    Gardening expert Melinda Myers will appear in a streamed program on year-round container gardening, viewable at 6:30 pm Wednesday, April 10 at the Collins Learning Center, Crossroads, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay.

  • Suckers Program In Tributaries

    Dr. Karen Murchie, Director of Freshwater Research of Shedd Aquarium, will present a program on what has been learned about suckers through tagging and tracking. The Fish Tales lecture will be held at 7 pm Thursday, April 11, at Crossroads at Big Creek Learning Center. Zoom and Facebook Live links will be offered at the […]

  • Door To Nature: Hibernating Butterflies

    I remember receiving a phone call on Dec. 31, 1983, from a woman in Sister Bay who told me about a large, dark butterfly that mysteriously appeared inside her house. I asked her if she had recently brought in some firewood, and she said ‘yes.’ Her description of the creature fit the mourning cloak perfectly; […]

  • Eclipse Viewing Information And Events

    The total solar eclipse happening above North America on April 8 will not be total from a Door County viewing platform – the moon will cover 86.9% of the sun – but it will still be a nearly total event that skywatchers won’t want to miss. To help you experience the event, two public viewings […]

  • Newport, Gwilym Recognized For Dark Sky Week

    For the second year in a row, Sturgeon Bay resident Tom Gwilym, northern Wisconsin’s International Dark-Sky Association advocate, received an official proclamation of International Dark Sky Week from Gov. Tony Evers. Evers’ proclamation reiterated the importance of Newport State Park as Wisconsin’s first international Dark Sky Park, and the goal of keeping the night skies […]

  • Washington Island Birding Festival Signup Starts

    Registration has opened for the Washington Island Birding Festival, scheduled for May 17-19. Hosted by Washington Island Art and Nature Center, offers guided birding excursions to around Washington Island and Rock Island, informative talks and opportunities to meet fellow birding enthusiasts. Participants will have the chance to explore various birding hotspots around the island, guided […]

  • Field Trips Double as Conservation Fundraisers

    Foundation opens registration for 10 Door County events The Natural Resources Foundation (NRF) of Wisconsin has 275 field trips planned statewide this year – including 10 that will bring conservation-minded people to Door County. The field trips, ranging from a couple of hours to all day, also serve as fundraisers for NRF and other conservation […]

  • Land Trust Stewards Prepare For Season Of Work

    Veteran and novice preserve stewards gathered March 15 to share their experience, their reasons for volunteering, and to learn what’s ahead for 2024.  Door County Land Trust staff discussed expectations of the volunteer position and revealed new technology that will aid the stewards in their monitoring of protected lands. Representatives of the U.S. Fish and […]

  • Crossroads Invites Potential Volunteers To Breakfast

    Habitat Healers has been an ongoing volunteer effort at Crossroads at Big Creek for many years. At 8:30 am Saturday, March 30, longtime Healers and potential volunteers can join in a breakfast (cherry-stuffed French toast courtesy of our volunteers) and discuss plans, changes and details for Habitat Healers in the 2024 season. For more information […]

  • Ridges Hosts Crane Symposium For Second Time

    Registration is now open for The Ridges Sanctuary’s Crane Symposium, April 12-14. This is the second year for the symposium, and a host of events are geared to all ages. Today, Wisconsin’s sandhill crane population is estimated at 60,000-70,000. Whooping cranes have experienced a slower recovery with only 71 accounted for in Wisconsin, two in […]

  • Wild Things: Sturgeon Bay Guide Just Misses 300K Payday

    Sturgeon Bay fishing guide and professional angler Adam Rasmussen hooked a $50,000 payday last weekend, landing second place in the Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fishing on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Rasmussen’s three-day total on 15 largemouth bass – five were allowed daily – was 55 pounds, four ounces, nearly five pounds ahead of […]

  • Wild Things: Governor Signs Bill Allowing Airguns

    Governor Tony Evers signed more than a dozen bills into law last week, including one that will allow hunters to use airguns for big game hunting. Senate Bill 586, now known as Wisconsin Act 115, establishes that airguns – firearms that propel projectiles by the expansion of compressed air – can be used during an […]

  • Registration Opens For Festival Of Nature Events

    Registration for programs opened this week for the 22nd annual Door County Festival of Nature, hosted by The Ridges Sanctuary and its community partners. The theme of the Memorial Day-weekend festival is Community.  Events will offer participants a chance to experience community with the natural world and throughout Door County by exploring forests, rare plants, […]

  • Door To Nature: Chickadee Memories

    The feeders were so quiet for much of the winter. There have been a couple dozen pine siskins high up in the trees communicating their wishes for more hulled sunflower seeds to be scattered on the platforms, but few other birds are very vocal. Then, on an unusually warm sunny day last week, I heard […]

  • Native Plants And Brilliant Birds

    Gardeners can learn more about using native plants to solve Door County landscape problems, and how and where to put those plants, during a lecture by Justin Kroening, owner of Stone Silo Prairie Gardens, at 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 26 at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Collins Learning Center. Other upcoming Crossroads events include a free […]