Upgrade! Our new sign on Scenic Highway points visitors to the Ridge Audubon Center and trails.

The Ridge Audubon Center is located at 200 Crooked Lake Drive, in Babson Park, about six miles south of Lake Wales.  Taking State Road 17 south from Lake Wales, or north from Frostproof, Crooked Lake Drive is on the west side of the road, just north of Webber University.  While the Center itself has no regular hours at this time, the two trails can easily be accessed.

We are  considered a seasonal Audubon, meeting from October through April on the second Tuesday of the month with a potluck supper and an interesting and informative presentation. Suppers begin at 6 p.m., followed by programs at 7.  Check the Calendar for details. The public is welcome to attend.  Other  programs and events are also scheduled during that time period.

  • Please scroll to the bottom of the page for upcoming events.

Ridge Audubon is a nonprofit Florida corporation recognized by the IRS as a qualified 501(c)(3) entity.  We are affiliated with Audubon Florida and the National Audubon Society.   To donate to our local chapter, choose Donate in the column at left.

From its founding, Ridge Audubon has engaged in community projects to further its mission, including work with school children, guided nature walks, and maintaining a museum onsite.

Red-headed Woodpecker (male)


Ridge Audubon conducts local birding trips during the season, including guided nature walks with a naturalist. In addition, we partner with the Lake Regional Chapter Bird Club for weekly birding trips.  These can be found below. 


Membership in Ridge Audubon Society is open to anyone interested.  To become a member, please contact Ridge Audubon by phone or email:  863-635-5667 or

Savannah Sparrow at nearby Crooked Lake

Benefits of membership include opportunities to:

  • meet others who care about wildlife, native plants and a clean, biologically-balanced environment.
  • learn from or teach others.
  • apply your talents for a good cause.
  • get outside and enjoy nature – with others who enjoy the same.
  • gain leadership skills.
  • putter on upkeep projects.
  • research your questions about nature at our library and bookstore.
  • see rare native plants preserved on the sanctuary grounds.
  • participate in citizen/science bird counts.
  • share your knowledge of nature by engaging children in activities at the Center.
  • receive monthly e-newsletter.

Member support is vital to sustaining Ridge Audubon Society. Welcome!

Upcoming Events

We have resumed our monthly meetings!  They are held at the Ridge Audubon Center in Babson Park on the second Tuesday of each month.  There is a potluck supper at 6:00 pm, followed by a program at 7:00.  As speakers and topics are arranged, they will be listed below.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Also shown below are the tentative bird outings for the Lake Region Bird Club.

November 3: (Bird Club) Meeting at Circle B, 9:00 a.m. I am trying to reserve a tram, but no assurances. Bring lunch. We will discuss the upcoming season and possible changes to the schedule.

Saturday, November 5:  As we do each year we will participate in the 39-mile Scenic Highway Yard Sale.  Our sale will be held at the Ridge Audubon Center, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending in early afternoon.  White elephant items (which can be contributed during the week before) will be for sale, as well as our yearly plant sale.

Tuesday, November 8: Our regular potluck supper will begin at 6:00.  Our program, which will begin at 7:00, will be “A Few Good Birds —  Out West.”  Speaker will be Joanne Wilson.

November 3: (Bird Club) Meeting at Circle B, 9:00 a.m. I am trying to reserve a tram, but no assurances. Bring lunch. We will discuss the upcoming season and possible changes to the schedule.

November 10: (Bird Club) Se7en Wetlands Park, 500 West Carter Road, Lakeland, FL. 33813. The wetland is located at the rear of Loyce Harpe Park. Meet at the park at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars, scopes, water, etc. There is a restroom at the trail entrance. This will be a hike of about 2.5 miles.

November 17: (Bird Club) Lake Gwyn Park, 137 Avenue A East, Winter Haven, FL. 33880. This park is located next to Wahneta Elementary School on 4th Street East. The address is located at another entrance. We will meet at the park at 8 a.m. This will be a short hike of about 1.5 miles. 

December 1: (Bird Club) Panther Point, Farm Road, Bartow, FL. 33830. The sign on Bartow Highway 98 South will state Lake Hancock Boat Ramp. Meet at the trailhead at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars, scopes, water, etc. This hike will be at the Lake Hancock Outfall Wetlands, and will be approximately 2.5 to 3 miles. There are no facilities at the trail.

December 8: (Bird Club) Fort DeSoto, 3500 Pinellas Bayway South St. Petersburg, FL. 33715. Meet at the Mulberry McDonald’s at 6:30 a.m., for a 7:00 a.m. departure. Bring lunch, scopes, binoculars, walkie-talkies, etc. We will hike about 2-3 miles, as well as driving and stopping for observation. We will stop at the I-275 North rest area for some birding and restroom break. We will meet at the first pond on Pinellas Bayway. There is a $5 per car entrance fee to the park.

December 15: (Bird Club) South Lake Howard Nature Park, 1570 Lake Howard Drive SW Winter Haven, FL. 33880. Meet at the park at 8 a.m. This will be a short hike of about 1.5 miles.