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By Judy Drew / Monday, May 23, 2016 11:31 am
June Programming at The Ridges
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BAILEYS HARBOR, WI (May 23, 2016) – Summer is finally here! If you’re looking for opportunities to have fun and connect with nature, check out the June schedule at The Ridges.   

Guided Sanctuary hikes depart from the Ridges Nature Center in Baileys Harbor daily at 10am and 2pm beginning June 1.  These relaxing 90-minute walks on the trails are led by seasoned naturalists and include access to the Upper Range Light lantern room. Adult fees are $5 for Ridges members and $8 for the general public. Children and students under 18 hike free.

A variety of specialty hikes highlighting other features and areas of The Ridges campus are also available. Meet at The Ridges Nature Center for an Appel’s Bluff Hike on June 5 at 2pm. Adult fees are $5 for Ridges members, $8 for the general public and free if under 18. Discovery Bird Hikes will be held on Saturdays throughout June and July at 6:30am beginning June 4. Hikes begin at The Ridges Cabins, 8288 County Q in Baileys Harbor. Discovery Bird Hikes are free for Ridges members and $5 for the general public. 

Explore nature from the water with a guided paddle trip. Conducted by experienced kayak guides and Ridges naturalists, these tours are filled with opportunities to see birds, wildlife and native plants. Kangaroo Lake trips are offered Wednesdays at 1pm beginning June 1. Call Lakeshore Adventures at 920.839.2055 for reservations. Logan Creek trips are available on Wednesdays at 8 AM beginning June 8. Call Bay Shore Outfitters at 920.854.7589 for reservations. A fee of $55 per person is fully refundable if the tour is canceled due to weather.

Lake Lessons, The Ridges popular speaker series, returns on June 2 at 7pm with Wisconsin’s Spring Resources. Sue Swanson, professor geology at Beloit College, addresses the ecological, cultural and economic contributions springs make to the state’s livelihood and the variety of geological environments in which springs form. Lake Lessons are held Thursdays in June, July and August at The Ridges Nature Center. Admission is free.

Families will be happy to hear that the Family Discovery Trail opens for the season on June 4. Parents and kids can enjoy the interactive exploration areas of this unique trail system from dawn to dusk throughout the summer months. As part of the McArdle Library and the Door County Library Summer Reading program, the Discovery Trail’s StoryWalk features What’s in the Woods? A Nature Discovery Guide by Zoe Burke and Charley Harper. Admission is free to members and children under 18. A $5 Day Pass is required for the general public.

The Ridges Nature Center is open daily, 9am-6pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Unless otherwise indicated, programs and hikes begin at the Center, 8166 State Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. For more information, visit RidgesSanctuary.org or call 920.839.2802. 

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