Ledge Tours… A Celebration of the Niagara Escarpment

Ledge Tours: Food, Wine, Art and StewardshipWe offer exciting Ledge Tours of interesting geological and cultural features of the Niagara Escarpment in Wisconsin’s lakeshore region. In the past, we visited the 75-year-old Calumet County Park. On Door County’s Washington Island, we discovered that one day was not sufficient to take in all the amazing sites and features under the tutelage of Sandy Petersen, a most knowledgeable guide. We learned about grazing practices to promote soil and groundwater health in Kewaunee County. We also learned about Wequiock Falls and Bay Shore County Park from UW-Green Bay professor Dr. John Luzcaj.

We will offer some more extraordinary experiences with plans underway for more Ledge Tours. We have expanded our original Tours to work in conjunction with the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network and invite your input and suggestions for places you’d like to visit.

Here is a downloadable PDF map of Niagara Escarpment Geological Points of Interest.

Upcoming Ledge Tours and Events

August 17, 20132nd Annual Wisconsin Ledge AVA Celebration – Trout Springs Winery, Wayside, WI.    Our second event, even bigger than last year and sponsored by The Avenue 91.1, was hosted at one of our partner wineries this year. It was an extraordinary success, drawing people from beyond the Lakeshore region to Trout Springs where they enjoyed the sights and sounds of this beautiful Saturday afternoon.

September 14, 2013NERN “Ledge Tour” – Northern Kettle Moraine Forest.  Join UW-Oshkosh Geology Professor, Dr. William Mode for a series of short hikes in the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine Forest – a unique environment (an Interlobate moraine) on the Niagara Cuesta that was formed by the glaciers. See the flyer with registration info at the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network tab above.

September 21, 20135th Annual Barn Dance & Chautauqua, Saxon Homestead Farm, Cleveland (WI) brought to you by the collaborative Partnering for Progress: Celebrating Rural Communities (Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, Gathering Waters Conservancy, the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers). See flyer with ticket information on our home page.

Please contact Eric Fowle at www.escarpmentnetwork.org or Sherrill Anderson at Sherrill@LNRP.org with questions and suggestions.

Wequiock FallsA treasure in Brown County, Wequiock Falls
Niagara Escarpment outcroppingOur guide, John Luzcaj from UW Green Bay, showcasing an outcrop of the Niagara Escarpment
Natural stairs on the escarpmentStairs on the escarpment at Bay Shore County Park in Brown County
Niagara Escarpment Ledge TourThe start of the November, 2011 Tour.