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RECURRINGEVENTS AT CROSSROADS

In addition to special and one-time events, we host a variety of events that recur weekly, seasonally or annually. We look forward to these events and we hope you will, too!

The first Saturday in September

Stroll the trails and enjoy beer from the finest brewmasters in Door County.

The Ale Trail is approximately one-third mile and includes beer sampling stations from all eight Door County breweries: Bridge Up Brewing, Door County Brewing, Hacienda Beer Co., One Barrel Brewing Co., Peach Barn Farmhouse and Brewery, Shipwrecked Brew Pub & Restaurant, Starboard Brewing Co. and Sway Brewing + Blending.

 

Late September – Early October

Did you know Crossroads is home to two state-designated archaeological sites? Each year, we host professional archaeologists who work to uncover the ancient life-ways of Sturgeon Bay’s original inhabitants. They also teach school groups and the general public about their findings and the processes of field archaeology.

Fridays, October – December & March – April

Junior Nature Club is a free, six-week series aimed at connecting pre-school aged children and their families to the natural world around them. Through the use of storytelling, games, activities, and play in nature, the Junior Nature Club promotes physical well-being, social engagement and curiosity about nature in both children and their parents or guardians.

November – February

As the sun sets earlier in the fall and winter evenings, the stars begin to brighten and once a month one of our trails will light up with the magical glow of candlelight luminaries! Join us for an evening hike by candlelight to see Crossroads from a new, nighttime perspective.

In February, this event helps launch Destination Sturgeon Bay’s Fire & Ice Weekend with a luminary hike, bonfire, and hot beverages.

Saturdays 9:30am - 3:30pm & Sundays 12:30pm - 3:00pm

2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay. Operates out of the workshop at Crossroads' main parking area.

Crossroads at Big Creek has cross-country skis, boots, poles and snowshoes in all sizes as well as kicksleds for families, groups and  individuals. Our volunteers will help fit you with the proper equipment. We have miles of groomed trails to explore at no charge! No reservations needed.

We will post trail conditions, closings and other updates on the homepage of our website by 8 a.m. on Ski-for-Free days.

To keep our groomed trails in good shape, walkers and snowshoers should stay to the side of all groomed ski trails. Skiers who have their own equipment might like to park at our Astronomy Center at 2200 Utah Street for access to less-traveled trails.

May 17, 2025

Celebrate the vernal equinox with time together and a delectable buffet.

May – September

Crossroads is hard at work restoring the landscape to a healthier, more native state. Volunteer with us and help us as we remove invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs, and improve the landscape for people, plants and animals.

Instruction, equipment, and gloves are provided. Email nick@crossroadsatbigcreek.org to learn more.

3rd Saturday in June

Join us each summer in Door County’s first and only trail run! We welcome runners and walkers of all ages and experiences to choose a 2k, 5k, or 10k and help us support our Ski-for-Free program and Crossroad’s mission of education, restoration, and exploration.

Participants receive a race T-shirt, a native tree courtesy of Evergreen Nursery, and individual awards as places occur. Check the Crossroads Trail Run website for more information.

July – August

The Crossroads' preserves have plenty of fascinating things to learn and discover! Each Thursday evening in the summer, we invite families to join us on guided explorations to find insects, hunt for frogs or wetland creatures, and stroll along our streams in search of the amazing animals that live here. These activities are free to the public and great for curious kids and adults of all ages. Exploration hikes begin at the Collins Learning Center.

"It’s great fun being an archaeologist for a day!"

Brian P

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