The 22nd Ride for Nature to benefit the Ridges Sanctuary held June 19 raised $8,000 for educational programs at the wildlife sanctuary. Nearly 400 riders took part, the most in the history of the event.
“Education is a big part of our mission,” said Ridges Volunteer and Membership Coordinator Carol Schuster. “These funds help support programs like our Wisconsin Naturalist Program, which teaches people to be good citizen volunteers.”
Ridges educational programming also includes wildlife workshops, drop-in days for families to study plants and animals, taking programs to area schools as well as visiting school groups. The Ridges, Wisconsin’s oldest nonprofit nature preserve, also offers Thursday evening presentations by wildlife, plant, and geology experts at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.
The Ridges preserve protects over 1,600 acres of forests and wetlands and is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Wisconsin.