Welcome to the
Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Holiday hours for email

Holiday Hours for Visitors

Trails – Open daily, dawn til dusk

Facility Public Hours –

  • Thanksgiving 11/26 – Closed
  • Friday 11/27 – Closed
  • Christmas Eve 12/24 – Closed
  • Christmas Day 12/25 – Closed
  • New Year’s Day 1/1 – Closed
  • All other days, we are open our regular weekday or weekend hours. Come by for a visit!

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) was established in 1994 as an independent, non-profit organization with the mission to provide hands-on programs which “…teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands” in the spirit of Aldo Leopold. Through hands-on interactive programs and special exhibits at campuses in Monona and Black Earth, 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 Climate Science Education Center and 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!