Welcome to the
Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Change is in the air!

We recently completed a strategic planning process, and we are energized by what we’ve learned. In the spirit of Aldo Leopold, we’ve affirmed our mission to engage and educate current and future generations, empowering them to respect, protect, and enjoy the natural world. In addition to our core programming, we’re gearing up for some exciting new initiatives, and you might start to see some changes in and around the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. For starters, we are working to make ALNC more accessible to our community – beginning with eliminating our public admission fees. Admission to ALL of our exhibits and indoor play spaces is FREE.

We have updated our exhibit space to better serve our mission and programming needs. We deconstructed several large, outdated exhibit displays to free up floor space to provide for more flexible teaching spaces.

Walk-in visitors, along with program participants and students, continue to have access to our interactive theaters, our digital touchscreen curriculum, renewable energy displays, and our hands-on Leopold Family Phenology Center, along with our lobby Nature Nooks and our outdoor interpretive trails. Plus, we will continue improving drop-in and self-guided offerings for our visitors, including re-vamped Family Trailside Backpacks, identification guides and trail maps, and educational merchandise geared towards connecting and engaging visitors and families with our local habitats, flora, and fauna. And, using our grounds, phenology, Leopold teachings, and interactive multimedia curricula, we are continuing to integrate age-appropriate climate change education across our programming to help children understand these impacts, how their actions affect the environment, and how they can enact solutions to ecological challenges.

Interested in learning more about our exciting new initiatives?
Explore our Bridge to the Future: Strategic Planning Initiatives brochure and read our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEAs) Policy Initiative.

Visit us soon, stay tuned for more updates, and thank you for your patience and continued support as we roll out these exciting changes!

Established in 1994, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) is an independent, non-profit organization. Through hands-on interactive programs and special exhibits, ALNC is leading the way to engage, educate and empower the next generation of stewards of the land for a healthy, happy, and sustainable future. ALNC offers many opportunities for you and your family to connect with nature both indoors and out. In addition to our special events and education programs, our indoor children’s exhibits provide a special place for your child to learn about Monarch Butterflies and Prairies, Native Fish and Wetlands and Woodlands. Visit our Exhibit Hall to learn about climate, weather and earth science using high-tech, interactive features found nowhere else in the region. Head outside and explore our wetland, woodland and prairie trails, open sun-up to sun-down, 7 days a week!  Sign your child up for our Wonder Bugs preschool programs, vacation day nature programs and home school programs for ages 5-12, or summer camps for ages 2-16. See you on the trails!

Teachers! Visit our Educators’ Web Portal for newly developed pre- and post-visit activities for your class field trip.

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  • your commitment to nature!
  • your commitment to learning!
  • your commitment to your family!
  • your commitment to community!
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