Growing up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, my family often took short vacations in Door County. We frequently stayed in the waterside Village of Egg Harbor which, like many places in Door County, is a summer hot-spot. However, it wasn’t always brimming with resorts and tourists from all over the world. While it may be difficult to imagine, Egg Harbor has been home to many native residents long before it received its current name. Evidence suggests that people have inhabited this area since 10,000 B.C.E., while nomadic peoples have briefly settled the land as early as 12,000 years ago and about 2,000 years ago people have made permanent settlements in Egg Harbor and around Door County. The dominant tribes of the area include the Potawatami, the Winnebago, the Ojibwe, the Sauk, the Menominee, and the Ottowa.
There are many stories that go along with how Egg Harbor received its name. Some say it was derived from the story of the first outsider to settle in Egg Harbor. They reportedly found an egg upon landing on the beach; others say it was because local seagulls nested on the shore. However, a more exciting story involves a food fight between four boats who were racing toward the land. The trailing boats began throwing food from their food baskets at the leading boat and in turn the food was flung back. The food fight continued until all the eggs were gone and thus the name Egg Harbor was given to the town. Soon after, Egg Harbor became an important lumbering area. People from all over the world began to establish their lives in the town, further developing housing, shops, saloons and restaurants.
Egg Harbor became the 10th organized town in Door County in July of 1861. The Village of Egg Harbor was created in August of 1964. As Egg Harbor developed, changes to the community came as well. In the 1950’s and the 1960’s Egg Harbor became a seasonal destination and many shops followed suit, only opening for the warmer months. Many buildings that stand today are sites of the first business owners that began their lives in Egg Harbor.
Despite my family’s frequent vacations to Egg Harbor, I thought I had seen everything this village had to offer, however, looking at Egg Harbor from the water as the sun is setting is a whole new experience. You can discover Egg Harbor like you’ve never seen it before when you’re paddling. Door County Adventure Center at Egg Harbor Beach offers both guided tours to watch the sunset and rentals so you can explore the harbor at your own pace! Book your tour today HERE. You can also check out Egg Harbor Village to see all it has to offer HERE.
The Abundant Uses of the Zip Line
Zip lines are a popular tourist activity throughout the world that emerge guests into a birds eye view of the beautiful sights of the area. But throughout history, the zip line has had a wide array of uses that are more than just thrill seeking.
Going back in time, it is a fuzzy picture of exactly when and where the first zip line was created. But, many historians credit mountainous regions, such as the Himalayas and the Alps, as well as areas in China, as all contributing to the beginning of the zip line’s history. Back then, zip lines were used less for entertainment and thrill seeking and more for practicality. One way a zipline was popularly used was for transportation, especially over dangerous terrains. Zip lines were often favored over building bridges because it was much quicker to build zip lines, as well as to use them. Along with transportation, zip lines were very heavily used as a way to transport goods and supplies from one place to another.
Nowadays, the zip line is a common attraction found in the ecotourism world. It is used as a way to sight-see without disrupting the ecosystems that are being explored. This idea was brought about in the 1970’s by wildlife biologists who wanted to study forest canopies without disturbing the environment. From there the zip line world we know today took off! Starting in Costa Rica, zip lines for entertainment purposes and a tourist activity have become a trend among many countries and many types of terrain worldwide.
Here at Door County Adventure Center, we offer three unique zip line experiences throughout the peninsula! At the Egg Harbor Fun Park, you can enjoy our 4-span zip line, along with a rock wall climb to the first platform! Our Team Leadership Center location offers the highest zip line in Door County! And last, but certainly not least, at Rowley’s Bay Resort, dive into the classic zip line world with our new 8-span zip line canopy tour!
Learn more about our zip line adventures on our website or by calling us at 920-746-9539. Zip on!
The Hine’s emerald dragonfly is an endangered species that can be found in our very own Door County, Wisconsin. The species was added to the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants on January 26, 1995. This means that it is illegal to harm, collect, harass or kill the dragonflies because they are in danger of becoming extinct. It is also the only dragonfly protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.
The Hine’s emerald dragonfly can be spotted by its bright-emerald green eyes and metallic green body with yellow stripes. Its wings are clear with red-brown coloring at the base. The creature’s body is about 2.5 inches long, and its wingspan is about 3.3 inches.
During its lifespan, the dragonfly goes through an egg stage, larval stage, and adult stage. The dragonflies live in the water as nymphs for 2 to 4 years after they hatch from their eggs. After this, they emerge from the water and shed their skin becoming a flying adult. The adult dragonflies may only live for 4 to 5 weeks.
Reasons for Endangerment
The dragonfly was originally found in Alabama, Indiana, and Ohio, but is now completely eradicated in these states. Today, it can only be found in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, and Michigan. The species became endangered due to habitat destruction. Most of its wetland habitat has been destroyed by urban and industrial development. The dragonfly lives in spring-fed marshes and meadows with high levels of calcium carbonate. Another threat to the Hine’s emerald dragonfly are pesticides and pollutants that contaminate the water. The species needs pristine wetland areas with clean water to grow and develop.
The largest population of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly is found in Door County, Wisconsin. The coastal springs and wetlands of the area provide a rich habitat that the species is able to thrive in. The dragonflies can be found in multiple areas of the county, including the Mink River Estuary, Three Springs Creek, North Bay Marsh, Bailey’s Harbor Swamp, Piel Creek, and a few others locations.
Mink River Estuary
One way that you can find this beautiful endangered creature is our Mink River Estuary Kayak Tour. This tour will take you down one of the most pristine freshwater estuaries in the country. An estuary is an area where river water mixes with water from a large lake or ocean. In this case, the Mink River mixes with Lake Michigan at Rowley’s bay. The conditions of the large wetland in the Mink River Estuary allows for the Hine’s emerald dragonfly to breed and develop. In addition to the Hine’s emerald dragonfly, an estimated 200 species of birds pass through the area annually, as well as lots of other wildlife. This tour is perfect for all nature lovers! Click here to book your tour and explore the beautiful wildlife of the Mink River Estuary.
Little did I know when I was at the Team Leadership Center as an elementary, middle school, and high school student, I would be back working on the other side of the company. As Door County Adventure Center’s Sales Intern, I’ve had the privilege to work with an amazing team that has helped guide me through my work. Throughout the summer, I was able to work with clients and organizations that were interested in team building and leadership development programming and join us at our Team Leadership Center. Part of the internship included choosing different markets to reach out to and provide information on what Door County Adventure Center has to offer. Lets just say there were NUMEROUS emails drafted, revised, sent, and followed-up. I also dipped into a bit of marketing, always focusing on driving sales. The company LinkedIn page will always be my pride and joy, and if you don’t already follow us, please do to see what we do in regards to programming! Additionally, I was able to shadow various team building programs throughout the summer and witness how groups worked together to overcome challenges. In all, there were many valuable lessons to take away from the short three months I was part of DCAC, learning something new everyday up until the very end.
When I wasn’t working behind my computer or in meetings, I was at our many sites as a reservationist answering phone calls, booking tours, and answering endless questions about zip lining and kayaking. Being versatile in many different areas was a must. Need someone to kayak to make sure guests are safe? I was out there! Rack Cards low at sites? My car was always stocked with posters and rack cards for weeks. Egg Harbor Village Beach has given me some major muscles from pulling in rentals and giving countless paddle lessons, and my tan lines can vouch for the many adventures I was able to take part in. This internship opened my eyes to the fast-paced industry of tourism and impact weather can make.
The DCAC team is the definition of “work hard, play hard,” and it was never a dull moment. When I came back from school, I had one family, but as I leave, I’m leaving two families in Door County. I have never been part of a team that was more willing to help each other succeed through the many challenges that arose throughout the season. I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to intern with Door County Adventure Center because there was no other way I would have wanted to spend my summer, being back in the place I call home and getting to work alongside people help me pursue my future career options and learn valuable skills to take with me. It’s bittersweet to leave but this is one summer I will never forget.
There comes a time in every college student’s life where they’re forced to leave behind the fun summer job for the resume-boosting, professional-looking, office-bound internship. Luckily for me, I found an internship that allowed me to sharpen my skills while working at the beach.
I was torn between staying in Milwaukee for one of those previously mentioned internships and spending my last summer back home in Door County. With that being the case, I decided to look into potential jobs a few months prior to the onset of summer for once in my life. That decision made all the difference, and allowed me to find the one position that gave me the best of both worlds — a Marketing Internship with the Door County Adventure Center.
Like most summers, the past four months have gone by in a flash. I’ve accomplished and gained so much through this internship that it’s hard to condense it all down into words. Rest assured, I’ve managed to come up with three main categories that illustrate all that the Adventure Center has to offer its interns:
A family-like team structure
Relationships like this are hard to form in any situation. Whether it’s work, social life, or even your intramural dodgeball team, it can be hard to set aside your personal agenda to meet the needs of those who depend on you. That’s certainly not the case with this business. The Adventure Center establishes a welcoming atmosphere right away and provides you with a group of co-workers who quickly become great friends. Likewise, the input provided by employees actually gets listened to. It’s the all-for-one and one-for-all mindset that allows this place to succeed year after year and keeps people coming back.
Unmatched, real-world Experience
Like most others my age, the last thing I wanted to do with my summer was push paper and run coffee around. That type of internship doesn’t justify the time and effort we put into our education all the other months of the year. Being an Advertising major at Marquette University, I’ve been trained in a wide variety of things like Graphic Design, Social Media Strategy and Editing all of which I was able to apply to this position. As a Door County Adventure Center Marketing Intern, you will find yourself managing nearly every aspect of the company’s marketing campaign. Whether it be designing brochures, running social media accounts, or person-to-person marketing, you will be utilized and appreciated to the fullest extent.
The ability to do what you love
One of the biggest benefits of working at the Adventure Center is the fact that it’s a tourism-based company, meaning they’re in the business of having fun! They specialize in kayak tours, paddle boarding, and zip lining and offer all three opportunities to their employees at any given time. Want to catch the sunset after work on a paddle board? No problem! Want to face your fear of heights on the County’s highest zip line? Go for it! These are just a few of the fun things I got to do with the team in addition to camping retreats and experiencing the Door County nightlife scene.
If you’re a Door County local looking for a real-world experience at home, apply for this position. If you’ve never been to Door County but you’re looking for something beyond the ordinary internship, apply for this position. It will be stressful at times, but it is definitely worth the effort in the end. Just go into it with an open mind and a strong work ethic, and I can promise that you’ll leave with lasting relationships, portfolio pieces, and endless stories to tell.
Being a marketing intern for Door County Adventure Center has made the summer of 2019 an unforgettable summer. I worked with a great group of people who offered me nothing but support and encouragement. Door County Adventure Center taught me that teamwork is what makes a business run successfully. In a fast moving company catering to a diverse group of people, teamwork was key to addressing all aspects of this business, from managing a cash box handled by multiple people, to answering phones that never stopped ringing and even communicating with the customers seeking information and guidance as to how they we could maximize their time to fully enjoy everything this company had to offer.
Being a marketing intern helped me gain experience and a better understanding of the hospitality and tourism business, as well as marketing for the outdoor industry. I have learned how to tailor and highlight specific information you want to share to your target audience, how to promote and boost social media posts, how to create ads on social media and google, how to better multitask and have gotten to work on my customer service skills. I saw the intricate process that makes a business run behind the scenes and it has opened my mind to the world of business in a great industry.
While learning so many new things, I got to experience a summer in a picture perfect place that made me feel that I was sent back in time.. I was able to take full advantage of the beautiful outdoor experiences of Door County and what the community offered, while working outside. In addition to making new friends, earning money and gaining work experience, I got a free suntan and I’m the tannest I’ve ever been! Now that’s my bonus!!
I am not sure if my next job can top the memories and experiences I have created here. However, the one thing I won’t miss, is dragging along my heavy camera to all the different sites to shoot some pictures as the intern.
The programs at our Team Leadership Center challenge teams to solve problems collaboratively; hence we see a lot of collaborative leadership with the efforts to overcome obstacles. What is collaborative leadership? This type of leadership refers to when every participant works together to solve a problem. At Door County Adventure Center, our facilitators address the seven functions of a collaborative team for individuals and teams to take away from programming. Here are the seven functions that this is focused on:
The formation of a team is based on common ground of members. The needs of team members unify each other to pick a goal and strategy and work collaboratively to accomplish that goal. Competition can come out between teammates but unified teams working together will get to the end goal faster.
Unity is based on the membership of the team. On every team there are natural leaders and followers, all in which are important roles to play. With a unified team, each individual member must answer the question, “what’s in it for me?” Being part of a collaborative team has meaning to membership where personal outcomes are addressed.
TEAM TRUST & RESPECT:
Typically within a team, there is one conflict and obstacle that occurs frequently. With that, the conflict needs to be addressed along with the negative behavior that becomes part of that issue. Blame can arise and drag down a team and its membership. By being aware of each team members’ beliefs, perspectives, and their role on the team, respect and trust will be demonstrated.
Diverse work teams allow members to bring new ideas, different experiences, and more knowledge to be shared. Individuals have talents and skills that can be a resource to others when working collaboratively to overcome an obstacle. In order to work effectively as a team, each member needs to address how they contribute to the team.
Each team has standards that are expected from each member to follow and abide by. Members must be committed to their team by investing time and effort into the team itself. To work collaboratively, teams have to be congruent in their goals and how they will complete them.
Collaborative teams have to know what is expected of them and what is wanted from each other. There has to be some type of measurement to know how they will succeed, so setting goals with a way to measure success is important. Once a team knows its purpose and why each member belongs on that team, collaborative leadership will come easily.
With team collaboration, members take part in strategic development. The collaborative leadership model allows inclusive input where every member expresses their thoughts through diversity; hence, a strategy will be agreed upon with each member owning their membership to the team.
Collaborative leadership is achieved at our site because of the complex challenges on our high and low ropes course that are presented to teams, both mentally and physically. Not one person can solve the problem. Instead, all of our challenges are meant to allow teamwork and strategy. The sense of community is nurtured by collaborative leadership because no man is left behind. Have your group join us and experience these functions of a collaborative team! Contact us for a reservation request or pricing quote at 920.746.9539 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Australasia Shipwreck at Whitefish Dunes State Park
Manufactured by notable Captain and shipbuilder James Davidson, the SS Australasia was a steam-powered cargo carrier that made the Great Lakes its home in 1884. This monstrous vessel was famous for its unique wooden-hull which allowed it to dominate the steel-hulled ships of its competitors. To add some perspective, the Australasia measured in at an astonishing 285 feet, making it the largest wooden vessel in existence at the time of her creation. She typically carried cargo such as wheat, corn, lumber, and coal and could store approximately 3000 net tons in her cargo hold. At around 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th, 1896, the Australasia met her final voyage on the waters of Lake Michigan. The ship caught fire just off the coast of Bailey’s Harbor, WI and was eventually abandoned near the shores Whitefish Dunes State Park after numerous tow lines fell victim to the fury of her flames.
(Via Wisconsin Shipwrecks)
Size: 285 ft. long - 40 ft. wide - 22 ft. hull depth - 3,000-ton cargo hold
Manufacturing: When: 1884 - Builder: James Davidson - Where: West Bay City, Michigan
Crew: Size: 150 people - Owner: James Corrigan - Captain: James Corrigan
Classification: Wooden Bulk Carrier
(Via National Park Service)
The SS Australasia made its mark on history in more ways than James Davidson could have ever anticipated. Upon being commissioned, the ship was the largest wooden-hulled carrier in existence. On her inaugural voyage to Milwaukee, Davidson made a statement for his work by hauling 3,150 tons of salt— the largest cargo ever carried to date by a Great Lakes vessel. The Australasia then went on to break the record for wheat at 74,040 bushels and again at 80,000 under command of her captain, James Corrigan. It was also recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service in July of 2013.
(Via National Park Service)
Humorous Ties to Door County:
While on what would soon become her last voyage, the Australasia was carrying a 2,200-ton load of coal from Cleveland to Milwaukee. After passing through the Straits of Mackinaw, the ship abandoned course and headed across the Lake toward the shore of Wisconsin to seek shelter from harsh winds. At around 6 p.m. the crew spotted Bailey’s Harbor just as a fire was starting in the hull. The crew put little effort into extinguishing the fire and abandoned their dinner to head for shore on lifeboats.
Shortly after this, Captain James Tufts and his crew departed from Sturgeon Bay on their tug, the John Leathem, only to find the Australasia abandoned with a full dinner set in the galley. So instead of immediately fighting the fire or towing the boat, they proceeded to finish the ghost crew’s dinner. Following their stolen-meal, the crew of the John Leathem then proceeded to tow the Australasia toward Sturgeon Bay where they ended up burning through eight different tow lines and abandoning the ship just off the shore of the Dunes.
Once the ship was abandoned for good, the Leathem went back to Jacksonport to collect the crew of the Australasia and bring them to Sturgeon Bay. As it turns out, the drunken crew of the Australasia didn’t take kindly to the idea of their saviors eating their meal, and a fight broke out on the tug. A second fight also occurred once the Leathem reached the wharf in Sturgeon Bay, ultimately forcing the Australasia’s crew to seek refuge on another ship bound for Cleveland without their cargo. An estimated 140 tons of coal washed up on shore in the months following the ship's final voyage, provoking local farmers to cash in on the fruits of the nearby wreckage.
(Via National Park Service)
The Australasia Today:
If you’re curious as to where this maritime marvel resides today, set your GPS for Door County, Wisconsin. The Australasia currently lies at its final resting place approximately 820 feet off of the south shore of Whitefish Dunes State Park. At a depth of about 15 feet below water, the wreckage of the ship is visible to the eye on clear and sunny days. There is currently a buoy marking the location of the stern, which faces toward shore and is pinpointed at the latitude of N 44° 55.301' and longitude of W 087° 11.225'. If you’re interested in viewing the wreckage for yourself, our Cave and Dunes Kayak Tour offers a unique perspective of the ship few people get the privilege of seeing!
(Via Wisconsin Shipwrecks & National Park Service)
Welcome to Door County; the Cape Cod of the Midwest and a place where water sports will become a memorable and long-lasting reality.
The Wisconsin peninsula is perfect for adrenaline junkies who want to perfect a water skiing trick or those adventurers looking to try something new- like kayaking! You may be asking yourself why people engage in these extreme water activities, sounds crazy doesn’t it? Well, there’s no simple explanation. It’s all about chasing the high you feel when you participate in a thrilling and exciting activity and the sense of accomplishment that hits you as soon as you finish. It’s a feeling everyone should experience in their lifetime.
With a generation consumed with the advancement of technology, we forget to experience life outside our little rectangular devices and how to just live in the moment. Good news is, when you’re doing a water sport activities at Door County Adventure Center, you are forced to be in the moment. It’s an exhilarating and memorable experience no handheld device can duplicate.
This summer is a great time to propose a little summer adventure for yourself, as well as your friends. Plan a day to perfect a water sport you’ve always dreamed of doing or be adventurous and try something completely new! Door County Adventure Center can help you get hooked on water activities and adventure! With our beautiful scenic tours throughout the peninsula, our kayak/paddle board lessons with highly trained guides and rentals - you can learn and become an avid water sportsman/women in no time!
So say good-bye to all those indoor hobbies this summer and say HELLO to the world of adventure at DOOR COUNTY ADVENTURE CENTER!
To learn more about our tours, lessons and rentals you can visit our website at dcadventurecenter.com or call us at 920-746-9539.
Our Team Leadership Center has hosted team building programs for the past 25 years. Tim Pflieger, President of Door County Adventure Center, has found many truths and wisdom while facilitating programs for school groups, corporate teams, and collegiate sports teams. A day of team building can seek breakthroughs and allow team members to collaborate in a unique way while working through challenges and elements at the Team Leadership Center. Why invest in a team building program? Here are FIVE reasons for your team to join us!
To Enhance Team Morale
Appreciation and value are impactful leadership tools that leaders use to ensure that their members know they are a valuable part of the team to maintain and enhance team morale.
To Improve Productivity
The more team members value and appreciate each other as teammates, the more value they have for each other and honor their place on the team. This helps teams be more positive, aligned and productive. Relationships are key to the success along with open communication. Both these factors create an environment of innovation which drives collective productivity.
To Encourage Fun in the Workplace
Team building programs are a way to get out of regular work routine and participate in activities that are outside the norm. Problem solving skills are tested through challenges and allow teammates to work collaboratively to overcome obstacles. Door County Adventure Center is always creating and adding cutting-edge team building activities that ensure fun for everyone with unique elements.
To Address Team Issues
During a team building program, leadership is encouraged and issues may arise. Programs bring out different stressors in a learning environment; hence, strengths and weakness are highlighted through various activities. Our programs can be tailored to what your team needs to address to be more successful as a group.
To Reward Employees
Programs can be a way to address issues but also can be a way to help de-stress and make the workplace positive and rewarding. Reward your team with a day out of the office for reaching goals or for their work. Have them recognize that they work in a positive and encouraging workplace. Keep the excitement going by joining us for some adventure!
Team building programs can create lasting impressions on team members with what was learned through activities. Teams can take away valuable insights from facilitators or fellow team players from the day. Consider these five reasons to invest in a team building program for some fun with Door County Adventure Center!