The Ridges Sanctuary Announces the Door County Festival of Nature

For nature enthusiasts, there’s no time quite like spring and no better season to experience the incredible natural beauty and diversity of Door County. The Ridges Sanctuary announced that registration for this year’s Door County Festival of Nature is now open. Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, this is the 10th year that The Ridges has coordinated the popular, countywide event. The two-day festival will take place on May 18 and 19, and will feature almost 50 guided hikes, workshops and presentations.

Program highlights include photography workshops, early morning bird-watching trips, visits to properties using renewable energy technologies, wildflower outings, an evening frog walk and bat monitoring program, and recognition of Baileys Harbor as a Bird City USA.

On Friday evening, the festival’s keynote speaker, Sadie O’Dell of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will present “The Island Refuges of Door County – Connecting Habitat, Wildlife and People.” O’Dell will discuss the biological, ecological, and cultural value of the islands, current research projects, and future management plans for Plum and Pilot Islands.

An old-fashioned barn dance and social will wrap up the weekend’s activities on Saturday evening.

To review the complete schedule of events and register online, visit

For more information or to receive a registration brochure call 920.839.2802 or email [email protected].