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.

  • Embrace a Local Spring Break

    Four ways to enjoy the county if you’re stuck here  The last time I remember wearing snowpants was during spring break of my senior year at Gibraltar High School. Although it seemed as if most of the high school was fortunate enough to be taking actual spring-break trips to warmer climates, there were a […]

  • Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings Allow Online Voting for the First Time

    After more than a decade of speculation, the spring fish and wildlife rules hearings will finally offer an online voting option next month. Officially known as the annual DNR fish and wildlife public hearing and Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) county meeting, the gatherings are held the second Monday of each April across the state. Locally, […]

  • Door to Nature: A Tough Time for Wild Turkeys

    The very deep snow that has been with us since the middle of January is covering the ground in my woods to a depth of 26 inches. The food that countless wild creatures seek is buried in white and may stay that way for many weeks to come. My friend Beth, who lives in far […]

  • Events on Land, Sea, and in the Air: Weekend Primer Podcast

    Andrew and Matt dug themselves out of their driveways just in time to deliver the Weekend Primer for the week of March 8th, 2019. Events include: “The Sinking of the Half-Moon” at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay The Wine and Cheese Gala at Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille The Civil Air Patrol-Door […]

  • Rotary Club’s Shipyard Tours

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 26th annual Shipyard Tour on May 4: the one day each year when Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and CenterPointe Yacht Services open their doors for public tours of the shipbuilding industry. For the first time, advance tickets will be available. Tours departing Fincantieri and CenterPointe will begin at […]

  • Lighthouse Festivals

    The Door County Maritime Museum’s (DCMM, 2019 spring and fall Door County Lighthouse Festivals will be held June 7-9 and Oct. 12-13, respectively. The festivals include land-based, boat and adventure tours that reach all 11 lighthouses and provide exclusive access to several that are not typically open to the public, including Chambers Island Lighthouse, […]

  • DCMGA’s Lecture Series: ‘The Ecological Garden’

    Benjamin Futa, director of UW-Madison’s Allen Centennial Garden (, will present “The Ecological Garden” on March 19, 7 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek as part of the Door County Master Gardeners Association’s ( free lecture series. Futa is passionate about connecting people to plants – and one another – through public gardens. He designs […]

  • Events Galore at Crossroads

    Watch a screening of the Wisconsin Public Television documentary Lakeshore Guardians – about the United States Life-Saving Service in Wisconsin – on March 8, 2 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek. Ski for Free will be held on March 9, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; and March 10, 1-3:30 pm. When conditions permit skiing, the program lends, […]

  • Deer, Wild Turkeys Struggle through Old-Fashioned Winter

    A brutal winter is taxing some wildlife species, and we’re not out of the woods yet. For the first time since 2013, deep snow and extended cold threaten to trim some deer and wild turkeys from the landscape. The good news: It was a fairly easy start to the winter, and most of the wild […]

  • The Nature of History: Honoring the legacy of Roy Lukes 

    by Julie Hein, Lake Ledge Naturalist and Director of Special Projects, Egg Harbor Historical Society Most often, when one reads the word history, it evokes a vision of people, places and artifacts. Even the definition of the word puts humans front and center: History is the study of past events, particularly in human affairs. Yet […]

  • Half Marathon Registration Crosses 1,600 Mark

    The Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K is 10 weeks away: a perfect time to kick-start your training to cover 13.1 miles through Peninsula State Park. The race returns Saturday, May 4, 2019. More than 1,600 runners have already committed to run in the 12th annual event. All half-marathon finishers receive a long-sleeved […]

  • Door to Nature: Ready for Spring

    A report came in on Feb. 17 from a birder in Brown County that the first horned larks and an eastern meadowlark were seen along a rural road east of Bellevue. He also said that the horned larks were seen mostly near the shoulders of the country roads. I keep daily weather records of temperature, […]

  • Aldo Leopold and More at Crossroads

    Celebrate Aldo Leopold Day and the 70th anniversary of A Sand County Almanac with a showing of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time on March 2, 3 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek. The Emmy Award-winning documentary traces Leopold’s life journey, which led him to develop his “land ethic.” Refreshments […]

  • Owl-O-Rama at The Ridges

    It’s time for the fourth annual Owl-O-Rama, to be held March 2, 9 am – 4 pm, at The Ridges’ Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center in Baileys Harbor. The whole family can learn more about owls: fascinating birds of prey known for their distinctive calls, nocturnal habits and silent flight. Activities include night hikes, crafts, workshops, seeing […]

  • Darling West, Dig Deep, And A Fear of Omelettes: Weekend Primer Podcast

    Andrew and Matt are back with your weekend primer for the weekend of March 1st, 2019. Events include: Darling West at the Tambourine Lounge in Sturgeon Bay Trivia Night Fundraiser at Alexander’s Restaurant Animal Track Basics in Newport State Park Dig Deep live at Door County Brewing Co. Music Hall and Taproom “Right to Live” […]

  • Door County’s Food Scene – Locally Sourced with Door County Underground: Pulse Podcast

    This week Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen discuss Josh Kropuenske, the Gibraltar Women’s Basketball coach who has transformed that program into a wild success, Supreme Court Candidate Neubauer, and the results of the wood study of Potawatomi Tower, which may indicate that the tower will need to come down. Then, we have the fourth installment […]

  • Fire & Ice Festival Carving-Competition Results

    Volunteer ice carvers braved the chilly elements on Feb. 16 to participate in Sturgeon Bay’s Fire & Ice Festival ice-carving competition. Carvers began chipping, sawing and molding ice blocks throughout the city at 9 am. Unique and original sculptures were formed out of 300-pound ice blocks. The ice carvers competed for cash prizes and the […]

  • Family Programs at Crossroads

    Participate in Ski for Free at Crossroads at Big Creek on Feb. 23, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; and Feb. 24, 1-3:30 pm. The program lends, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment. When trail conditions permit skiing, volunteers in the Crossroads Maintenance Building will fit you with equipment. On Feb. 23, […]

  • Seven Scenarios for Shorter Crossbow Deer Hunt ‘Not the Gospel,’ DNR Says

    A seven-scenario proposal to shorten the state’s crossbow deer season has hunters split on what the fairest and best option is for whitetail fanatics. The short answer: maybe none of them. DNR wildlife director Eric Lobner said the seven options introduced at last month’s state Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting “are not the gospel” and […]

  • Door to Nature: Ash Trees and the Emerald Ash Borer

    It was during the last Sturgeon Bay Christmas bird count when I noticed that several trees in the Logan Creek wetland along Sunny Slope Road had much of their bark missing. They appeared to be infected with the emerald ash borer, an aggressive insect from Asia. The dreaded invasion was first seen in 2002 near […]