BAILEYS HARBOR, WI (December 30, 2015) – It may look quiet out there, but the truth is that nature never rests. There’s a lot happening, and The Ridges has ways to help everyone get out and get connected during the winter months.
Learn about winter ecology while burning off some of those extra holiday calories. The Ridges offers naturalist-guided snowshoe hikes each Friday and Saturday beginning January 2. Hikes depart from the Cook-Fuller Center, 8166 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor at 2pm on Fridays and at 10am and 2pm on Saturdays. Snowshoe rentals are available for $5; call ahead to reserve. If there is insufficient snow, the hike will be done without snowshoes.
A guided hike will also be held at Logan Creek on January 3 at 2pm. Hikers should wear good hiking boots or bring their own snowshoes, weather permitting, and meet at the Logan Creek trailhead, 5724 Loritz Road. Join a naturalist to explore the winter landscape of Appel’s Bluff on January 17 at 2pm. Meet at the Cook-Fuller Center. Snowshoes are optional. Bring your own or call ahead to reserve a pair for a $5 rental fee.
Guided hike fees are $5 for Ridges members and $8 for the general public. Children under 18 hike free.
Saturday Story Hour will be held at 11am on Saturdays in January and February. The free program at the Cook-Fuller Center features a different nature themed book and related craft each week beginning with The Lorax and a truffula tree activity on January 2. Upcoming books and crafts include Those Darn Squirrels and making bird feeders (January 9), The Very Hungry Caterpillar and caterpillar magnets (January 16), Stellaluna and a bat activity (January 23) and The Giving Tree and paper bag tree craft (January 30).
Reflections on The Ridges, a new winter art & lecture series, brings together a diverse group of artists and presenters under a common theme: the natural beauty of The Ridges. The 4-month series will showcase a different local artist and medium each month from January through April, beginning with an opening reception on the first Thursday of the month. Following the reception, guests are invited to enjoy a program highlighting a cultural, geological or biological feature of The Ridges. The series begins with an exhibit featuring the stunning nature photography of Door County’s own Len Villano. Meet the artist at a wine and cheese reception on January 7, 4 – 6:30pm, followed by Ecology of The Ridges Through the Seasons at 7pm. Reflections on The Ridges is free and open to the public.
For more information, check out the complete schedule of winter offerings at RidgesSanctuary.org or call 920.839.2802.