• Standing water on all trails. The view of buttercups from the North Bridge is beautiful.

About Crossroads at Big Creek

Crossroads at Big Creek is a preserve which offers education, conducts research and provides outdoor experiences to inspire environmental stewardship in learners of all ages on a beautiful 200-acre nature preserve that grew out of the vision and dreams of members of the Sturgeon Bay Education Foundation in 1992.

Crossroads supports the Door County community through environmental efforts, educational programs, recreational opportunities, celebrations and commitment to addressing current community needs. The campus, open to anyone year-round, contains the Collins Learning Center, the Ray & Ruthie Stonecipher Astronomy Center and Leif Everson Observatory and the Door County Historical Society Heritage Village.


  • Honors the courage of Native People and settlers of Door County and gains insight by learning their way of life through experience-based activities.
  • Encourages learners of all ages to be responsible stewards of our environment through educational programs, experience-based activities, and research efforts.
  • Encourage healthy recreation and family activities such as hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and nature appreciation in the forests and meadows along Big Creek.
  • Brings together the young and old, experts and learners, researchers and policy makers.
  • Is the crossroads between the past and the future.

Four years of ecological restoration work is underway at Crossroads. The work is supported by the Fund for Lake Michigan, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Importantly, the work has been supplemented to date by over 800 volunteer hours from Crossroads Habitat Healers. Learn more at or stop in. Crossroads is located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Media Contact
Samantha Koyen, Executive Director
(920) 746-5895

"It was the best day of my life!."

Ezra, age 6, Earth Day at Crossroads participant

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