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.

February 14:

Program: Archbold Biological Station Research and Education. The speaker will be Dustin Angle.
The potluck dinner is 6:00 pm. Program is at 7:00.  All are welcome!
March 14:  
Program:  How Monarch Butterflies Live and Thrive.  The speaker will be Elaine Berger. The potluck dinner is 6:00 pm. Program is at 7:00.  All are welcome!