Ride for Nature Benefits to the Ridges Sanctuary

While the Ride for Nature offers participants a challenging course and breathtaking scenic views, it also presents an opportunity for cyclists to help support the Ridges Sanctuary, one of Door County’s most cherished nature preserves. With a mission “to protect the Sanctuary and inspire stewardship of natural areas through educational programs, outreach and research,” The Ridges counts on events like the Ride for Nature to carry on this specific mission year after year.

Proceeds from the Ride for Nature support the Ridges Sanctuary’s educational programs and opportunities such as:

• Summer camps for kids where they can learn nature lore and explore habitats appropriate to their age level

• “Lake Lessons” on Thursday evenings are a time to explore the expertise of a variety of professionals in nature-related fields. Topics touch on everything from dipping for tadpoles to flower photography to the geology of the Door Peninsula.

• Workshops covering Dragonflies on the Wing to Monarch Mania get families outdoors and exploring nature.

• “No Family Left Inside” programs are designed to get families outdoors and exploring nature. The purpose is to reduce the “nature deficit” that is prevalent with our children. Some 2010 programs included an evening Frog Walk (repeated this May 13), a digital camera nature scavenger hunt, an Owl Hooting outing, a survival workshop (also to be repeated in summer), and a Geocaching Scavenger hunt.

• New this year – The Early Birders Club is another effort to get kids outdoors and exploring not only The Ridges but also their own backyard. Birds are everywhere! And easy to attract and observe in your backyard. The Early Birders Club will have meetings each month on the second Saturday of the month at 10 am preceded by a 9 am bird hike with a seasoned birder. The meetings will be short, covering topics of interest to kids. One program with Wildlife of Wisconsin is planned. This group brings in a variety of birds from the tiny Saw-whet owls to Turkey vultures and Great Horned Owls.