No matter what it looks like outside, spring is in the air and on the calendar of events at The Ridges Sanctuary.
Naturalist guided hikes resume in April with a series of themed hikes on Saturdays at 1 pm, beginning April 12. Each hike begins with a brief presentation on a specific feature of the Sanctuary followed by a hike. A complete list of dates and topics is available at ridgessanctuary.org.
Regular guided hikes begin on a limited basis on May 14 before expanding to the full summer season schedule when they will be held Tuesdays through Saturdays at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, June 3 through Aug. 30.
The Ridges Natural Connections series continues the multi-generational programming, a mainstay of the schedule. These programs are suitable for adults and families and include a Woodcock Watch on April 25, a Frog Walk on May 9 and a Solstice Walk on June 20. Parents may also want to mark their calendars for two upcoming overnight camping adventures – one for fathers and sons on May 30 & 31, and one for mothers and daughters on June 27 & 28. Both overnights feature a night hike, a campfire, breakfast and a morning bird hike.
Lake Lessons, the popular Thursday evening speaker series, returns on June 19 with a presentation on lichens by Mary Bartkowiak of the UW-Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium. On June 26, Heather Walder, archeologist and PhD Candidate at UW-Madison, discusses the historical settlement of peoples throughout the Door Peninsula. This presentation coincides with the installation of a new exhibit on Rock Island, which highlights findings from Walder’s research.
New on the Sanctuary schedule this year is a series of Conservation Clinics. Held on Tuesdays at 1 pm, the clinics provide in-depth classroom training followed by a hike and will cover a variety of topics that prepare members and visitors for the season ahead.
If parents are already planning their children’s summer activities, check out the new Ridges Backpack Adventure Camps. Full-week camps begin in July with sessions appropriate for ages 4 – 5 and 6 – 8.
For detailed information about these and other program offerings, visit RidgesSanctuary.org or call 920.839.2802.