Baileys Harbor, Wis. (February 5, 2021) – The Ridges Sanctuary’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mike Reed will join The Ridges as Executive Director on February 8, 2021. Mike comes to The Ridges with more than 30 years of experience with the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay. Most recently he served as its Director from 2011 to 2019. The Board is confident that Mike’s leadership skills will result in strategic growth of the organization while fulfilling our mission of land preservation, education and research.
In his time at Bay Beach, Mike created a volunteer-based wildlife rehabilitation program, developed a nature-based four-year-old kindergarten in conjunction with the Green Bay Public Schools and other partners, grew summer camp offerings from four to sixteen, played an integral role in fundraising as well as the design and oversight of a 13,000 square foot addition to the nature center. Mike also brings a solid foundation not only of these innovative programs but also training in the sciences.
Board president Linda Brooks said, “Mike’s experience in developing new and innovative environmental education programs, forming partnerships with members, donors, volunteers and outside agencies, along with his proven fundraising abilities, will ensure the continued success of The Ridges Sanctuary.”
Mike and his wife Gail have been frequent visitors to The Ridges Sanctuary and look forward to joining the Door County community.
Founded in 1937, The Ridges Sanctuary protects over 1,600 acres of critical land and habitats around Baileys Harbor and seeks to inspire stewardship of natural areas through programs of education, outreach and research.