To welcome the reappearance of the county’s wildflowers, the Ridges Sanctuary is sponsoring two guided wildflower hikes at their Logan Creek Property on May 4 and 5. The 90-minute hikes will be led by Ridges Naturalist Karen Newbern and begin at 1 pm.
The Logan Creek area contains many habitats, and the hikes will follow trails through upland deciduous forests, cedar swamps, and several natural communities. A wide array of wildflowers should be in bloom, including early spring species like hepatica, trout lily and trillium.
If interested, meet at the parking lot at 5724 Loritz Road, south of Jacksonport. Participants should wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear. Families are welcome. The cost is $5 for adults and free for children under 18. Pre-register by calling.
There will also be a Signs of Spring Hike on May 12 at 2 pm where a naturalist will point out signs of returning life along the trails of the sanctuary. The cost is $15 per family for Ridges members and $20 per family for the general public.
The guided nature hikes resume in May, with hikes scheduled on May 16, 21, 23, 25 and 30. All hikes begin at 1:30 pm and last approximately 90 minutes. Hikes are $5 for members and $8 for the general public.
For more information call 920.839.2802 or visit ridgessanctuary.org.