Celebrate Water, an initiative of Healthy Water Door County, a fund of the Door County Community Foundation, Inc., has a great line-up of events all focused on preserving our greatest resource, water.

If you would like to hold an event but have no venue space, you can still submit your event and we will reach out to those who volunteered use of their space and get back to you.

If you would like to submit an event, please email the following information to Information can also be dropped off at the Peninsula Pulse office or the Door County Community Foundation.

  • Name of event
  • Dates and time
  • Venue, please include address
  • Short description of event
  • Contact Information
    • Organization, first and last name, email, and phone number

Full calendar below.

Make sure to check back as we get more events and details!

Events Calendar, 2018-2019



May 2: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am-12pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as subject matter or as setting are discussed with a facilitator from Write On, Door County. This month: “Barksins” by E. Annie Proulx.

May 3: Exhibit Opening, Art of Water III, 5-8pm

James May Gallery, 213 Steele St., Algoma
Organized by: James May Gallery
An exhibition and event celebrating the beauty and necessity of water, the most crucial resource for life. The Art of Water event was inspired by our local Lake Michigan shoreline and its preservation, but includes ideas and personal experiences of water in every locale.

May 3-4: Plein Air Painters, 9am-dusk

Throughout Algoma
Organized by: James May Gallery
Artists will dot the waters edge throughout Algoma. The final paintings will be on display at Steele Street Trading. Part of the Art of Water.

May 4: Erskine Woods Water Discovery Adventure, 9am-11:30am

Erskine Woods Natural Area, 6468 County Road A, Baileys Harbor
Organized by: Door County Land Trust
Join an aquatic adventure at Door County Land Trust’s Erskine Woods Natural Area. We’ll enter the creek and search for aquatic life using sampling equipment to discover living organisms and determine the creek’s health. $10/person. Register online.

May 4: Informational Presentation, 11am

James May North, 219 State St., Algoma
Organized by: James May Gallery
“Kayaking the Ahnapee with Bay Shore Outfitters.” Learn what makes the Ahnapee the perfect river for kayaking, whether it’s your first time or you are a seasoned veteran. A Q&A follows the talk. Part of the Art of Water.

May 4: Poetry Reading, 1pm

Yardstick Bookshop & Gallery
Organized by: Yardstick Bookshop & Gallery
Members of the Grand Avenue Poetry Collective will read poems from their anthology with a water focus. Part of the Art of Water.

May 5: Novel Reading, 2pm

Yardstick Bookshop & Gallery
Organized by: Yardstick Bookshop & Gallery
Author Jeff Nania will discuss his debut novel, Figure 8: A Northern Lakes Mystery. Nania draws upon his careers in law enforcement and conservation to captivate readers and make them wonder who is on the right side of the law. Part of the Art of Water.

May 7: Keith Marquardt and Kimberly Oldenbor, 6pm

Algoma City Hall, 416 Fremont St., Algoma
Marquardt and Oldenbor, Wisconsin DNR, talk about the Ahnapee River and the TMDL process.

May 18: Birding Hike, 9-11am

Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve, 5200 Lake Ln, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Door County Land Trust
Join a leisurely hike through varied habitats in Door County Land Trust’s Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve. Discover migratory and resident birds that can be found here. All level of birders encouraged and welcome! Free. Register online.

May 18: 6th Annual Climate Change Forum, 8am-2pm

Stone Harbor Resort, 107 N 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Climate Change Coalition of Door County
“Ethics, Culture, and Education: A Powerful Response to Climate Change.” Includes informational booths, presentations, lunch, and an afternoon panel discussion. $25/person, until May 9. $30/person, after May 9 & at the door. More information to come.

May 20: Peninsula Symphonic Band Celebrates Water, 7pm

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Peninsula Symphonic Band
The Peninsula Symphonic Community Band will perform a spring concert featuring water themed musical pieces. Music selections will include Handel’s Water Music and Victory at Sea to Pirates of the Caribbean, Under the Sea and more. The concert is free. A free will offering will be taken to support Healthy Water Door County.

May 21: Movies that Matter, 4:30pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10431 Water St., Ephraim
Organized by: Environmental Justice Action Team
Showing We Are Water, an imaginative look at the fragile relationship between our modern society and our fresh water resources. Discussion led by Cpt. Jim Robinson follows. Free. *Executive Producer is our Summit keynote, Jill Heinerth

May 22: Fish Tales, “Pike Burst Swimming Into the Future,” 7pm

Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Crossroads at Big Creek
Dr. Patrick Forsythe will talk about the influence of the landscape and climate change on the northern Pike population dynamics.

May 22: Kewaunee County Invasives, 6pm

Knudson Hall, 620 Lake St, Algoma
Kate Nelson, Kewaunee County Conservationist, talks about invasive plants, their impact on the environment and efforts to address the problem in Kewaunee County.


June 4-6: Celebrate Water Summit

Landmark Resort, 4929 Landmark Dr, Egg Harbor
Organized by: Celebrate Water Door County
3 days of fun and informational presentations from experts in various fields. The first night features keynote speaker Jill Heinerth, with Dan Egan leading a luncheon discussion the next day. The second day features breakout sessions and the last day features on site field trips. Visit our Summit page for more information!

The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.


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