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.

  • Message Centers, Maps Guide Bruemmer Park Visitors

    Six new outdoor message centers at Bruemmer Park are assisting visitors with park rules, trail information, maps for the Ahnapee State Trail and Bruemmer Park hiking trails. Follow the 1.35-mile Quarry Trail, the 1.23-mile River Trail or the 0.49-mile Zoo Loop.  “Bruemmer Park is really transforming with the new improvements at the zoo, and with […]

  • Door to Nature: Christmas Bird Counts

    Interested in helping with the two upcoming bird counts? Email [email protected] and use the subject line, “Connect with Charlotte Lukes.”            This is the time of year when we begin organizing the annual Christmas bird counts. The Sturgeon Bay count will take place all day Saturday, Dec. 18, and the Southern Door count will follow […]

  • WILD THINGS: Fear the Deer? COVID-19 Hype Mars Gun Hunt Opener

    Just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get more bizarre this hunting season, the state’s Department of Health Services (DHS) issued a press release Monday that went viral.  Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s no evidence that wildlife are a source of COVID-19 illness for people – or that people […]

  • Local Realtors Association Creates Storybook Trail

    The Door County Board of Realtors has received a $5,000 placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors to help transform the service road in Egg Harbor’s Frank E. Murphy Park ( into a paved, handicapped-accessible children’s storybook trail along the shore of the bay of Green Bay that tells the story of the Lighthouse […]

  • Experience Natural Christmas at The Ridges

    Spend time this holiday season surrounded by natural beauty during The Ridges Sanctuary’s annual Natural Christmas, set for Dec. 11, 3-6 pm, at the Cabins at The Ridges, 8288 Cty Q in Baileys Harbor. Guests can stroll the softly lit Hidden Brook boardwalk, roast marshmallows and chestnuts around an outdoor fire, and listen to holiday […]

  • Tiny Trekkers Program Begins Nov. 30 at The Ridges

    Children up to age 3 and their caregivers are invited to The Ridges Sanctuary for Tiny Trekkers: Holiday in the Woods, a program designed to foster an early love and respect for the natural world. Active play in nature between caregivers and children provides lasting impressions. The program includes three sessions – Nov. 30, Dec. […]

  • Egg Harbor Holly Days Nov. 26-27

    An exciting old-fashioned winter weekend including Breakfast with Santa, an elf hunt for children, Mistle Dough shopping contest, tree lighting & caroling, horse-drawn wagon rides, and the One Barrel 2.62 fun run! Festivities will kick off Friday, Nov. 26, with some new and returning activities. Kids of all ages will be on the lookout for elves hidden in participating […]

  • Crossroads Declares Nov. 26 Green Friday

    At Crossroads at Big Creek, Nov. 26 will be Green Friday rather than Black Friday, so the preserve and educational center will feature events focused on evergreens to celebrate the start of the holiday season.  Programs will start at 9:30 am with Family Science: Evergreens, a program of hands-on activities about evergreen trees in the […]

  • Trek to the North Pole Nov. 20 at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek, Nicolet National Bank and the Door Community Child Development Center are presenting Trek to the North Pole on Nov. 20, 2-8 pm. Venture through the woods of Crossroads, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, for a journey filled with scenes and readings from The Polar Express. The 1.5-mile, Christmas-filled adventure will […]

  • Fish Creek Says Yes to Waterfront Purchase

    Fish Creek’s public waterfront will be a little longer next year. On Monday, voters in the Town of Gibraltar approved the purchase of 0.49 acres of property on the shoreline adjacent to the town dock for $3.5 million.  The final tally was 114 in favor and 47 against the purchase of the Holiday Harbor Cottages, […]

  • Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Jacksonport will celebrate its 25th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25, 10:30 am, in downtown Jacksonport.  “What’s great about it is [that] it really helps out a local charity and someone in the community who’s in need,” Pete Thelen said. The proceeds will benefit the food pantry at Sister Bay’s Door of Life […]

  • Trottin’ Time: Get ready to run this Thanksgiving

    For many, next Thursday, Nov. 25, will be a time to gather with family or friends, share a meal and reflect on what they’re thankful for. For others, it will be all of those things plus a chance to lace up their running shoes for one last cool-weather run before the snow falls. If you’re […]

  • One Barrel 2.62 Fun Run Nov. 27

    Join a few hundred other fun-loving runners in Egg Harbor on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to start running off your Turkey Day indulgences. The One Barrel 2.62 Fun Run is back to help you and your family celebrate the start of the holiday season.  Runners will receive a great One Barrel 2.62 Fun Run race […]

  • SBAC Offers Blood Flow Resistance Training

    Sister Bay Athletic Club (SBAC) is offering the newest innovation for health, fitness and recovery: B Strong Blood Flow Resistance Training. With this training, an exerciser can safely modify blood flow in the limb during exercise to make the brain think the muscle is working very hard, even with low weight exertion. This allows a person […]

  • WILD THINGS: No Shortage of Whitetails, but Ammo? That’s Another Story

    Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff members talked all things white-tailed deer and answered questions from reporters across the state last week during a virtual media briefing on the upcoming gun deer hunting season. Eric Lobner, director of the DNR’s Wildlife Management Program, said that somewhere around 875,000 licenses allowing bow, crossbow and gun deer […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: Mushrooms with Teeth

    Did you know that some mushrooms have teeth? Door County has five genera of fungi whose spore-bearing surface on the underside exists in the form of teeth that look like spines or small icicles. Several of these interesting growths are quite tough and woody – not something you would even think of chomping on – but two […]

  • CURIOSITIES: The Memorial Pole at Peninsula Golf Course

    As you tee up on the ninth hole of the Peninsula Golf Course, the primary hazard in your vision isn’t a sand trap or a pond, but a 40-foot-tall pole and monument. Good golfers have no trouble avoiding it, but bad golfers will either be drawn into it or find themselves in the adjacent driving […]

  • Gather ’Round the Tree in Ellison Bay

    The Ellison Bay Community Tree Lighting will take place Sunday, Nov. 21, 5 pm, in the visitors’ center parking area across from the Viking Grill in downtown Ellison Bay. Visitors can enjoy the tree lighting from the comfort of their car by parking along the road and tuning their car radio to 89.1 FM to […]

  • WILD THINGS: Deer Running Day and Night As Rutting Bucks Seek Mates

    There’s no better time to spot mature bucks than during the November whitetail breeding season. That’s exciting if you’re an archer or crossbow hunter with an open tag, but it’s far less so if you’re just trying to get somewhere safely on a rural roadway. Vehicle-deer collisions always peak during the first few weeks of […]

  • Get Ready to Unwrap Sturgeon Bay

    Last year’s successful event returns to kick off Christmas by the Bay While plans for the inaugural Unwrapping Sturgeon Bay event were forming years ago, 2020 seemed like the perfect time to try something new. If it was successful, great – maybe the organizers would bring it back in the future. If it wasn’t, at […]