It's no secret the Door County community is on a mission to protect, preserve, and care for the local environment and culture. We're excited to see word is spreading that you can have a fun, satisfying, and action-packed adventure up here while still ensuring your trip activities sustain and respect our local community and outdoor spaces.
Here are a few fun-filled, family-friendly activities perfect for teaching kids about the beauty of the great outdoors and the importance of being good stewards to the world around us.
1 • Take a day-long hike, keeping things slow and stopping to admire the incredible forest, lake, and peninsula views.
2 • Attend a community farmers market or pick your own fruit at a local orchard or farm and see what it really means to eat fresh, local, and seasonal produce and ingredients.
3 • Bring your fishing equipment and cast a line from a marina, or charter a fishing boat and learn how to fish safely and sustainably from the pros.
4 • Go wildlife viewing and look for birds, small mammals, insects, and more. Watching animals in their natural habitats can help kids see there's a whole, wild world out there to be discovered from a safe distance.
5 • Go lighthouse hunting and reflect on Door County’s rich maritime past and how the lake and local shipbuilding culture have influenced day-to-day life.
8 • Take a guided naturalist tour at a state park to get an in-depth lesson about its ecology and history.
9 • Attend a play or musical event and get the kids excited for the performing arts — and instill the idea that arts and cultural pursuits are as worth preserving as our outdoor ones.
Pledge to Leave No Trace
Door County’s partnership with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics began in 2019 and helps to ensure a sustainable future for Door County’s outdoor spaces. Initiatives include creation and promotion of Door County’s Leave No Trace 7 principles; access to research, training programs, and educational programs; and working with land managers to become Gold Standard Sites.
We urge all Door County residents and visitors to follow the seven principles below of Leave No Trace. Go to LNT.org to learn more.
Know Before You Go
Stick to the Trails
Trash Your Trash
Be Careful with Fire
Leave It As You Find It
Keep Wildlife Wild
Share Our Trails, Roads, and Natural Resources
Take the Door County Pledge and sign the document that shows your commitment to preserving our environmental and cultural heritage for generations to come.
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