Peninsula Sanctuary is a 158-acre natural area located along County Road E in northern Door County, approximately 3 miles west of Peninsula Center. The property was donated to UW-Green Bay in 1975 by Judson Fuller in memory of his wife, Jesse. The property includes open fields undergoing ecological succession from past clearing, a red pine (Pinus resinosa) plantation, and a forested stream corridor dominated by northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis). The stream is part of the headwaters of Hibbard’s Creek, which flows into Lake Michigan near Jacksonport. An ephemeral wetland of about 13 acres occurs along the stream corridor in the southern part of the property.
Peninsula Sanctuary is a natural area of biological significance as it provides habitat for many species of mammals, fish, invertebrates, fungi, and birds, including several declining grassland birds (e.g., Upland Sandpiper). Grassland birds are the number one declining group of birds in North America. UW-Green Bay faculty and students have been conducting plant and bird research at this site since 1976 due to its significance to biodiversity.
Application to conduct research on a UW-Green Bay natural area.
Dedication marker at Peninsula Sanctuary.