The Ridges of Door County Hosts Hikes, a Full Moon Walk, and the Early Birders Club

This spring, the Ridges Sanctuary started a new program for kids (and their parents) who enjoy birds. The “Early Birders Club” will have its next program on September 10 at 10 am at The Ridges Sanctuary. Len Villano, a professional photographer, will share tips for capturing great photos of birds and other subjects. Cameras may be borrowed at The Ridges, but families are encouraged to bring their own.

Each monthly meeting will include birding activities, crafts, bird watching hikes, and special guests (both human and avian). For a one-time fee of $15, each family receives a copy of Wild About Wisconsin Birds and a Door County bird checklist. For those who would like to attend a single program, there is a “drop-in” fee of $5 per family. Monthly meetings will be held at different locations in Door County.

The Ridges Sanctuary will host a “Full Moon Walk” on September 16. This hike is designed for all ages and will be non-scary in nature. The walk will include activities to learn about animals that are active at night. If skies are clear, participants will also learn about some fall constellations.

The walk will begin at 6:30 pm at the Ridges’ Marshall Cabin. Cost for this program is $10 per family. The program is limited to 20 participants; advance registration is required by calling the Northern Door YMCA at 920.868.3660 or The Ridges Sanctuary at 920.839.2802.

The Ridges Sanctuary is located just north of Baileys Harbor at 8288 Hwy Q. Naturalist-led hikes are offered at 9:30 am Wednesday – Saturday until October 15. Cost for guided hikes is $5 for Ridges members, $8 for nonmembers, and free for children. For more information call 920.839.2802 or visit