These three most popular nature subjects will be the object of our explorations in Door County’s most beautiful preserves. The early tinges of nature’s fall color palette with make the scenes most picturesque. We will venture out to Washington Island in search of the rarer species that inhabit this isolated island. You must be able to walk on unpaved trails for distances of two miles over a period of 2 ½ hours.
There is a $25 materials fee for this course added upon registration.
Don Quintenz has been teaching environmental education since 1967 and came to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in 1981. He previously worked with the Milwaukee Public Schools as their environmental specialist for five years, and before that he was with the Wisconsin Humane Society for three years as their environmental educator and the Wisconsin DNR as a resource technician. He is currently the Senior Ecologist at Audubon. The skill Quintenz has that he cherishes the most is his ability to excite and fascinate people about the natural world because of his intimate familiarity with the native flora and fauna.
Charlotte Lukes has been studying Door County’s wild mushrooms since 1972 and has compiled a list of 570 species she has seen and identified. The Ridges Sanctuary was where she began her workshops and mushroom forays when her husband, Roy, was manager and chief naturalist there. She has presented mushroom slide programs in many parts of eastern Wisconsin. Charlotte has taught mushroom classes for nearly 40 years and leads frequent mushroom forays in the state parks of Door County. UW Green Bay has 147 of her mushroom species in their Biodiversity Center web site and she plans to add more over the next winter. She has taught many classes at Björklunden with her husband over the past 20 years.