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.

  • Do the Gobble Wobble This Thanksgiving

    Join friends and family in Ellison Bay on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, 9-11 am, for the annual Gobble Wobble: a 2.5-mile fun run/walk that starts and ends at Fitzgerald Park and includes a post-run party in the park. All registered runners will receive a finisher’s tumbler with a warm-up drink, and there will be hot cocoa […]

  • Hiking Tips for Hunting Season

    The popular gun deer hunting season runs Nov. 19-27, but varieties of small-game hunting take place well into the winter months. This means that many hiking areas with public access will be hunting grounds for the next few months. Here’s what to know if you go hiking during the hunt. First, know that hunting incidents […]

  • CURIOSITIES: Are There Sturgeon in Sturgeon Bay?

    It’s a reasonable question to ask. On one hand, you could easily assume that a bay named for a fish would boast a plentiful supply of said fish. But on the other hand, you might also expect that fish to be plentiful on local menus or the target of a thriving sportfishing industry.  The short […]

  • Newport Friends Welcome More Help to Build Accessible Boardwalk

    Mary O’Grady calls Newport State Park her “playground,” and she wants to make it possible for more people to experience it. For the past two months and for the next year, O’Grady and fellow nature lovers who make up a pool of about 80 volunteers are completing an elevated boardwalk to make Newport’s wheelchair-accessible Fern […]

  • Quantum Theory & Mead at Crossroads

    The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will continue its lecture series on quantum theory Nov. 12, 1 pm, when Tom Minahan presents “Quantum Revolution” at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Astronomy Campus. This series explores the quantum nature of our universe through the theories and experiments that help to describe it. The lecture is also available via […]

  • Turkey Trot & Dog Jog Benefits Fire Department

    Door County Fitness Studio’s annual Turkey Trot & Dog Jog – a one-mile and 5K run/walk – will return Nov. 24. Participants may begin gathering at 8:30 am for the run’s 9 am start at the studio, 10583 Country Walk Dr. in Sister Bay. The studio ( will have hot cocoa, tea and coffee available to participants, […]

  • Wild Things: Nine-Day Gun Deer Hunt

    Opener at dawn Nov. 19 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor It’s almost go-time for one of Wisconsin’s famous fall traditions: the nine-day gun deer-hunting season. Although a quarter-million or so hunters are already participating in the archery and crossbow deer hunts, opening day of the 2022 gun deer season Nov. 19 is expected […]

  • Seed Collection, Telescopes at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek and Wild Ones of Door County, in collaboration with the Door County Seed Library and Door County Master Gardeners Association, will host a seed-collection workshop Nov. 5, 11 am, when participants can learn how to gather, store and stratify seeds. Then they will collect seeds from the Pollinator Garden and the […]

  • A Trot of a Different Bird

    Can you keep pace with a penguin? Take on the One Barrel penguin with your friends and family over Thanksgiving weekend – on Saturday, Nov. 26 – when the One Barrel 2.62-mile run returns as part of the Holly Days celebration in Egg Harbor. Join the fun at the Egg Harbor marina as you run, […]

  • The Amazing Porcupine

    A few weeks ago, as my students and I were hiking some trails at The Ridges Sanctuary, we were fortunate to come upon two porcupines that might have been a mother and her youngster, born earlier this year. We watched as they slowly left the ground and climbed a tree, and we marveled at their […]

  • Turning Access Into Inclusion

    As Tiffany Leist manipulates the joystick on the Action Trackchair, the tank-like rubber treads roll her over the roots, rocks and undulations of the Sentinel Trail in Peninsula State Park. These seemingly minor obstacles have made hiking in the woods a dangerous endeavor for most of her 35 years, but today she makes her way […]

  • Sister Bay Aims to Close the Gaps for Pedestrians

    In the late 1980s, residential and commercial development in what some call “Uptown Sister Bay” expanded rapidly. But even as large hotels, single-family homes, a day care center, shopping and apartment complexes have been added to the landscape, nonmotorized connections for the people using those spaces were an afterthought – if they were a thought […]

  • Guest Column: Bring Back More Hunting Oversight

    by J.B. SENSENBRENNER It’s been six years since deer tagging and in-person deer registration were eliminated in Wisconsin. Today, 37 other states require physical tagging of deer, so Wisconsin hunters were surprised when the state discontinued tagging and physical carcass registrations. Why? Wisconsin seemed to have one of the best deer-hunting management programs in the […]

  • Wild Things: Falling in Love with Leaves

    Remnants of autumn are coating the forest floor and lawns  by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor A glorious first day of November can’t camouflage the fact that this weekend marks the midway point of fall. The autumn equinox is already six weeks in the rear-view mirror, and early this Sunday, daylight saving time ends. […]

  • Wild Things: Whitetail Mating Season Means More Run-ins for Hunters, Cars

    The annual deer rut heats up as November approaches by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Whether you want to see deer or not, the next few weeks will offer an explosion of whitetail activity in the fields and forests. Mature bucks in hot pursuit of does or scaring off smaller bucks are two reasons […]

  • Ziesemer Wins Fall 50

    There are faster ways to see the fall colors in Door County, but perhaps no better way. Zach Ziesemer, 32, took in 50 miles of splendor on foot Saturday, Oct. 22, to win the 16th Fall 50 race from Gills Rock to Sturgeon Bay, finishing in 6:11:38. That was 3:16 faster than 19-year-old Cody Arendt, […]

  • Halloween Petting Zoo

    DENN is celebrating the spooky season with a free petting zoo. Meet animals from Wilson’s Wish Animal Sanctuary – including Lily, the famous goat with a wheelchair – Oct. 30, 10 am – 2 pm. There will also be trick-or-treating stations to find around the property at 2050 Cty DK, south of Sturgeon Bay, and guests can […]

  • Birds, Bats, Quantum Theory at Crossroads

    Representatives from the Open Door Bird Sanctuary will give a one-hour presentation and provide an opportunity for attendees to meet live birds Oct. 28, 6 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Collins Learning Center. Then join Tom Minahan of Door Peninsula Astronomical Society on Oct. 29, 1-4 pm, for his lecture, “The Quantum Revolution” – […]

  • Haunted Trail and Family Fun at Jack o’ Lantern Days

    Spooky creatures of all ages are welcome at Fish Creek’s Jack o’ Lantern Days on Oct. 29.  The family-friendly event that puts the “Eek!” in Fish Creek will feature a costume contest, Halloween parties for kids and adults, and trick-or-treating. The kids’ party will take place at Clark Park, 1-4 pm. If it rains, the […]

  • Runners Trek the Peninsula in Saturday’s Fall 50

    You’ll find a long line of runners trekking from the tip of the peninsula all the way to Sturgeon Bay this Saturday, Oct. 22. An estimated 2,000 runners will start the Fall 50 at the Shoreline Restaurant in Gills Rock early Saturday morning. Four hundred teams and 133 solo runners will trek all the way […]