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.

  • Colorful Migrants Finally Wing Their Way to Peninsula

    Some of the most beautiful birds in North America are winging their way to and through the Kewaunee/Door County peninsula this week. The first-of-year Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks and ruby-throated hummingbirds are here, and a lucky few bird watchers have seen (or may soon see) orchard orioles, indigo buntings, eastern towhees and scarlet tanagers. If […]

  • Algoma’s National Treasure: Bearcat’s Fish House

    Algoma, a lakeside city roughly 20 miles south of Sturgeon Bay, is where the Ahnapee River runs into Lake Michigan. The area serves as an access point for plenty of avid anglers, and the port is known as one of the greatest on the Great Lakes for sport fishing. In fact, Algoma is home to […]

  • Door to Nature: Ruby Throats

    By Charlotte Lukes How can anyone not be excited about a native songbird that weighs only one-tenth of an ounce, is about three and three-quarters inches long, and can eat up to half its own body weight in sugar each day? Obviously the bird I refer to is that tiny, needle-billed dynamo, the ruby-throated hummingbird. […]

  • County Parks Department Offers Michigan St. Home

    With the recent acquisition of the Younkers building next to the Door County Historical Museum, the county has been pondering what to do with the house at 442 Michigan St. that was purchased for $89,000 in August 2008 to serve as archival storage for the museum. At its May 8 meeting, the county Facilities & […]

  • Framed: Man on the Street

    Andrew Kleidon-Linstrom, Door County’s own “Man on the Street,” glides through the finish line at the Door County Half Marathon on May 4 with grace and style. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Celebrating Lighthouses’ Sesquicentennials

    The Cana Island Lighthouse and the Baileys Harbor Range Lights are both celebrating their 150th anniversaries this year, so community-wide festivities will take place throughout 2019 in Baileys Harbor ( The Ridges Sanctuary ( will honor the range-lights anniversary on June 7, 3-6 pm, which coincides with the Spring Lighthouse Festival. The Door County Maritime […]

  • Celebrity Golf Outing Benefits Boys & Girls Club

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County will host its 10th annual celebrity golf outing, presented by Jim Olson Motors, on June 4 at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor. This is a major fundraiser for the club. Celebrities who have committed to attend are Mark Murphy, Jerry Kramer, Dave Robinson, Mark […]

  • Memorial Day Car Show in Sister Bay

    The Sister Bay Lions will hold their annual Memorial Day Car Show on Sunday, May 26, 9 am – 3 pm, at the Country Walk Shops in Sister Bay. Admission is free, and all proceeds will support community-service programs in the community. Door County Sheriff Tammy Sternard will be at the opening ceremony, which includes a […]

  • Rockers and Rollers Drill Team at Maifest

    The 4-H Rockers and Rollers Drill Team – a group of eight to 10 riders, plus their horses, coach and parents – will participate in the Maifest ( parade on May 25 in Jacksonport. They will do-si-do, circle and complete maneuvers, entertaining the crowd along the parade route. Some of their horses will provide rides in […]

  • Door County Scottie Rally May 17-18

    The Door County Scottie Rally invites you to the “Bark Side” when Scottish terriers and their families from across North America gather for the 19th annual rally, May 17-18. Held in Baileys Harbor, this annual event is a crucial fundraiser for Scottish terrier health research and rescue. The Clan Donald Pipe and Drum Corps will […]

  • Washington Islands Birding Festival May 16-19

    The Washington Islands Birding Festival, May 16-19, still has some spots open to visit Washington, Plum and Rock Islands. The festival is limited to 60 registrants, and they should make their own lodging reservations. U.S. Fish & Wildlife will have bird netting and banding on all three islands, and an evening program will be presented […]

  • Peninsula State Park’s Blossoms and Birds Program

    Join the Peninsula State Park naturalist on May 14 and 21 for the Blossoms and Birds program: an easy walk of about a half mile to look for spring wildflowers and migrating birds – shorebirds and palm, yellow-rumped and other warblers. The walks start at 8 am and last about an hour. Take binoculars if you […]

  • Crossroads’ Spring Hikes and Archaeology Program

    Crossroads at Big Creek is leading spring nature hikes on May 11-12, 1 pm. These gentle, one-hour rambles will follow the most interesting signs of spring, seeking out wildflowers and migrating birds along the way. Meet at the Collins Learning Center. The Crossroads middle school archaeology program will continue in the spring for the second […]

  • Fischer, Starr lift Clippers to soccer win

    Anna Fischer scored a pair of goals and Madison Starr added a goal to lift Sturgeon Bay to a 3-1 win over Sevastopol/Gibraltar in a Packerland Conference girls soccer match Thursday. After a scoreless first half Fischer scored in the 65th minute on an assist from Miranda Olson. Fischer scored again in the 70th minute […]

  • One Runner’s Slow Course to Recovery

    Most of the 750 runners standing at the starting line of the Nicolet Bay 5K race Saturday morning will have similar stories. Some will be recreational runners taking in the beauty of the course in Peninsula State Park. Others will be more serious runners trying to break a personal record. Finally, there will be participants […]

  • Door to Nature: May is Morel Month

    Door County has had good years and bad years for finding the true morel mushrooms. If we have a snowy winter with lots of spring rain – which replenishes soil moisture – it will usually be a good season for finding morels. However, spring must also have warm weather to help the process. Last year […]

  • Door County Land Trust Acquires 40 Acres of Wetlands

    The Door County Land Trust (DCLT) is pleased to announce that 40 acres of wetlands in the Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp State Natural Area are now protected, bringing the total area of land under DCLT protection to nearly 8,200 acres. The Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp, stretching from the northern edge of Ephraim limits south to Peninsula State Park and […]

  • Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association welcomes the public to its annual plant sale ( on May 18, 8 am – 12 pm, at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 N. Hwy 42 in Sturgeon Bay. “Our community spoke, and we listened,” said plant sale chair Karen Kidd. “We’ve moved the 2019 plant sale to the […]

  • Explore the Spring Skies with Crossroads at Big Creek

    Join the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) on May 4, 8 pm, at the Leif Everson Observatory for a viewing night, whether cloudy or clear. If the sky is clear, the observatory and StarGarden will be open. If it’s a cloudy night, attend a planetarium show in the Stonecipher Astronomy Center. On May 7, 7 […]

  • Hikes at The Clearing

    The Clearing Folk School will once again offer free, docent-led hiking tours on its 128-acre property, visiting the historic buildings and campus. The roughly two-hour hikes begin at 1 pm on most Saturdays and Sundays starting May 5, and they’ll run through the end of October. No pre-registration is necessary. Hikers should meet at The […]