Ridges Sanctuary Introduces Naturalist-led Scenic Byway Tours

The Ridges Sanctuary announces the schedule for a new series of nature tours along the Door County Coastal Byway, a Wisconsin Scenic Byway that stretches over 66 miles as it loops the peninsula.

Ridges naturalist Karen Newbern and Door County naturalist Paul Regnier will lead the Coastal Byway tours. The series kicks off with a free Bird Watching Primer on May 31 followed by two half-day tours – Birding Along the Byway on June 1 and Orchid Mania & Wildflower Wonders on June 22. The series concludes on July 20 with The Nature of Door County Along the Coastal Byway.

Half-day tours are $30 for Ridges members, $40 for the general public. The full-day tour is $55 for Ridges members, $70 for the general public. Registration is open and space is limited.

Thanks to this year’s unusual spring weather, The Ridges Sanctuary has had to cancel Frog Walks twice in April – learn about the watery lifestyle of frogs when Ridges naturalists hold a Frog Walk on May 10 at 7:30 pm. This program is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required. Hikers should meet at The Ridges Trailhead at the corner of Hwy 57 and Ridges Road (across from the Blacksmith Inn) in Baileys Harbor.

On May 11, 2 – 3 pm, accompany naturalists on a Signs of Spring outing and be the first to sight some of the other creatures and plants as they emerge from their winter slumber. Pre-registration is required. Explorers should meet at Baileys Harbor Ridges County Park, 2301 Ridges Road in Baileys Harbor.

The cost for each program is $10 per family (1 or 2 adults and their children under 18).

To register for these programs, call 920.839.2802.