Category: Winter

  • Start Your New Year at Whitefish Dunes

    The Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park organization is sponsoring a New Year’s Day activity Jan. 1, 9:30 am – 12 pm, to enjoy hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. After you’ve tackled the trails, meet outside the picnic shelter around a roaring fire and warm up with some hot chocolate or hot cider.  This is […]

  • Celebrate the Season at Crossroads

    December is a great time to be at Crossroads at Big Creek.  On Dec. 17, 10-11 am, the Junior Nature Club – a program intended for preschool children and their companions – will take a snowy hike to the cedar forest to look for animal tracks. Meet on the porch of the Collins Learning Center. Saturday Science […]

  • State Parks Take Camping Reservations Online

    The temperature may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean the end of camping for those who are looking for a winter adventure: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is making year-round camping reservations available at more than 20 state parks and forests.  Visitors can now plan ahead and have peace of mind before hitting the […]

  • Hilander Ice Rink Preparing for Season

    Broomball teams wanted The temperature has dropped, and the snow has started falling, which means it’s time to start thinking about lacing up your skates and broomball shoes. Staff members at the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay hope to be open as soon as it’s cold enough to make ice. The […]

  • Lights, Decorations Abound in Sturgeon Bay

    Holiday lights are twinkling throughout Sturgeon Bay since the annual Christmas by the Bay holiday parade helped to kick off the city’s celebrations Nov. 20 with a total of 27 festive float entries. The award for the Best Nonprofit Entry went to Sunrise Elementary School; DC Automotive earned the Best Business Entry; and the Jingle […]

  • Start Your December at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Join in the learning and fun at Crossroads at Big Creek this weekend. The Junior Nature Club will meet Dec. 3, 10 am, to explore the solar system during a planet walk that’s free and open to the public. Meet on the porch of the Collins Learning Center. Space exploration will continue Dec. 4, 2 […]

  • Cherry Drop Is Back for New Year’s Eve

    Sister Bay hosts activities to ring in 2022 The giant cherry is bouncing back to Sister Bay for New Year’s Eve, when the Cherry Drop, presented by FM 106.9 The Lodge, returns to Husby’s Garage Bar as the clock runs down on 2021.  The six-foot-wide, 300-pound cherry – made of lights, no less – will be […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sister Bay to Host Inaugural Christkindlmarkt

    This holiday season, the Sister Bay Historical Society will host Door County’s first Christkindlmarkt, or Christmas market, with support from a Wisconsin Department of Tourism Joint Effort Marketing grant.  The Christkindlmarkt Door County ( – scheduled to be open Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12 at the Corner of the Past Museum – will showcase vendors […]

  • Winter Park Welcomed 12,000+ Visitors

    Winter Park – now closed for the season – welcomed 12,302 visitors for snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding during the nine weeks when it was open to the public. That meant the 2020-21 season had the third-highest attendance on record, even despite a late start.  “We’re pleased that Kewaunee County was able to offer safe family fun […]

  • Wild Ones: Native Berries Attract Winter Wildlife

    “Pollinator gardens are lovely,” a friend remarked, “but I want to attract birds to my yard in the winter.” Wild Ones of the Door Peninsula recommends planting native trees and shrubs to attract pollinators, and, predictability, the same recommendation applies to birds. Trees bearing fruit and berries are bird magnets during the fall and winter. […]

  • Crossroads to Honor Aldo Leopold on March 6

    Crossroads at Big Creek (, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, will celebrate Aldo Leopold Day on March 6, 9:30 am until dark, with a free event called A Walk with Aldo. Start at the West Trailhead, and follow a half-mile trail marked with green ribbons to find 12 posts displaying quotes from Aldo Leopold. […]

  • Wild Things: LaBarbera Selected to Lead Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

    After 18 years of building the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF) into the largest conservation organization in Wisconsin, Executive Director George Meyer announced Tuesday that the group has hired Mark LaBarbera to replace him in July. Meyer, who is retiring from the WWF position this summer, spent three decades with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). […]

  • Hike This: Write On, Door County Nature Path

    When Write On, Door County began planning for its writing center on Juddville Road, its leaders envisioned something more than a building. They aimed to create a sense of place in an environment where the mind could recede into the core of Door County. That includes more than 39 acres of woods that surround the […]

  • Fire & Ice Carvers Honored

    Ice carvers braved the chilly elements Feb. 13 during the Fire & Ice ice-carving contest to create original “ice-terpieces” out of 300-pound ice blocks, and judges walked the streets of Sturgeon Bay to determine the winning sculptures. In the beginner category, Collin Richter received first place for his gnome sculpture; Meghan Lampereur took second for […]

  • Sled This: Fresh Snow, Sleds Go on Hill 17

    Hill 17 in Peninsula State Park offers golfers an incredible treetop view during the summer and fall, but as soon as the first major snowfall arrives, it’s time for a cherished Door County pastime: flying down the hill on a sled. Whether on a tube or toboggan, you and yours are sure to pick up […]

  • Skate This: Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink

    The recent cold snap isn’t great for a lot of outdoor activities, but it makes for a great base of ice at the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay. The rink has been a popular spot this winter as people seek safe, outdoor activities. Founded in the late 1990s by a local […]

  • Bike This: Skyline Road to Sven’s Bluff (Even in Winter)

    Winter biking seemed to be an endeavor for the crazy or the nerveless just a few years ago. Now it’s a common sight thanks to the rise of the fat tire. There aren’t many groomed trails in the county for the most exhilarating riding experience, but you can still get a great ride in through […]