- Photography workshops
- Early morning birdwatching trips to local hotspots for waterfowl, warblers and more
- Wildflower outings
- Geology of the Door Peninsula
- Our first-ever Nature Trivia Challenge
- An old-fashioned Barn Dance and Social to wrap up the weekend's activities
Nature Trivia Night
– Thursday, May 23, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Baileys Harbor Town Hall
Think you know nature’s finest? Test your nature know-how at the first Nature Trivia Night, to kick off the Festival of Nature. Participants will be quizzed on natural sights, sounds, places, observations, designations, and histories. You can form your own team (2-8 people) ahead of time, or stop by the Town Hall and we’ll find a team for you to join. Email
Marne for more information.
-- Friday, May 24, 7:00 PM (Baileys Harbor Town Hall - open to the public)Craig Thompson, WI DNR - "Knee Deep in Monkeys - Protecting Tropical Forests for Our Migratory Birds"
More than one-half of the Upper Midwest’s nearly 300 species of breeding birds travel annually to Latin America's spectacular, diminishing forests to escape the rigors of our temperate winter. Most are experiencing long-term population declines due, in part, to the loss of their wintering homes in Central and South America. We now know saving migratory birds requires conservation strategies that span hemispheres. Wisconsin has stepped up to the challenge and is leading national efforts to accelerate protection of key wintering areas for neotropical migrants.
Join us as we travel to Costa Rica to learn about a dynamic partnership forged to protect rainforests on behalf of our beloved. migratory birds. Our destination is Costa Rica’s rugged Osa Peninsula. Home to jaguar, monkeys, and more than 400 bird species, the “Osa” is one of Latin America’s last great wilderness areas and considered a global conservation priority. Vaccinations and passports not required!
Local Lake and Land Picnic
-- Friday, May 24, 5:00 - 6:30 PM (Baileys Harbor Town Hall)
Want to get a real taste of Door County? Join us for a dinner featuring organic and locally-sourced foods. The menu will include grass-fed beef sliders, Lake Michigan whitefish “fingers”, asparagus and mushroom bread pudding, spring greens and radish salad, and rhubarb crisp. Limited seating - get your tickets early! (Tickets can be purchased separately from field trip registration.)
Barn Dance and Social
-- Saturday, May 25, 7:00 – 9:30 PM (Baileys Harbor Town Hall)
Join other Festival participants for an old-fashioned Barn Dance! Barn dances take us back to a time when folks came together to create their own entertainment. All dances are taught by a teacher/caller, and the figures build on each other from one dance to the next. No previous dance experience is needed, and by the end of the evening we’ll all be promenading and doing right hand stars like seasoned veterans.