Get those Snowpants On and Get Outside this Weekend!

IMG_2561Winter in Wisconsin can seem dreary and endless, but it can also be a fantastic time to get outside with the family and enjoy nature together! Spending time outdoors, even in the Winter, is a crucial part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for children and adults.

This Saturday is the perfect opportunity to dust off that snowgear and hit the trails at ALNC’s FREE Candlelight Snowshoe event!


Families are invited to join the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, City of Monona and the City of Madison for a candlelight evening snowshoe through the trails at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Woodland Park and Edna Taylor Conservation Park.

After snowshoeing, guests are invited to warm up by a roaring fire with a cup of hot chocolate and snack on some popcorn (available for $1 each). ALNC’s Climate Education Center will be open from 4 pm to 8 pm, with special FREE ADMISSION for ALNC Members and the public – this is a great opportunity to check out ALNC’s indoor spaces while you’re warming up!


This is a FREE event. Attendees are asked to bring their own snowshoes if possible however adult and child snowshoes will be available for use on a first come, first served basis and as supplies last.

Please note that all parking for this event is at Meriter Monona, 6408 Copps Avenue, with FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE to the event.

Location: Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive, Monona
NOTE: all parking is at Meriter Monona, 6408 Copps Ave, with FREE shuttle service to the event.

Date/Time: Saturday, January 17 4 – 7 pm (ALNC exhibit hours open until 8 pm)


More Information: (608) 221-0404, ext. 0



Are You a Brainiac?



The Brainiac Bowl, coming up February 28th this year, is a lively science, history, culture and pop trivia contest in which teams match wits against each other and raise funds for environmental education programs for students of all ages at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Although there is passionate competition, trivia questions are varied on topic and level of difficulty so no one has to be a true “brainiac” to participate.

This is a great chance for families to spend some quality time together as a mean, lean, competing machine.  Or, companies, reward your hard working employees and yourself—while engaging in some fun leadership and team building skills. Plus it is a great way to beat the late winter doldrums, build employee morale and network with Madison’s movers and shakers! We have some great teams already signed up, including: CUNA Mutual, Aldo Leopold Foundation, The Burish Group, Phoenix Nuclear, The Great Dane, Skogen Engineering, Foley & Lardner, and a few teams of individuals, just to name a few.

Please let us know if we can count your team as one to be reckoned with in 2015. Plus, if you recruit another team–from your company, another company and/or family and friends—we can give you a $250 discount on your table. Come for the comradery and compete to take home the championship “pulsating” Brain trophy.

The Heavy Metals 1Recruiting another team is easy. Just click here to send an e-invite to your business friends, company rivals and/or family and taunt them to take the Brainiac Bowl challenge with you. If you are too chicken to participate, we would appreciate it if you would forward this link to anyone you think might enjoy a little intellectual jousting.

This extraordinary evening of high‐spirited fun features:

  • A delicious dinner, decadent dessert and cash bar
  • Two drink tickets per competitor for Great Dane beer and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Raffle for fantastic prize packages
  • Spirited trivia challenge for the Brainiac Bowl Championship and the infamous “pulsating” brain trophy
  • A Crazy Costume contest with cool prizes–get into the spirit by wearing individual or team costumes (optional but encouraged)
  • Chance for bragging rights as the winner of the “Prove You’re A Brain” and Butts & Brains contests
  • Opportunity to network with, and match your wits against, Madison’s smart movers and shakers—and your garden variety Einsteins
  • Photo op with your team and our wild and wacky emcee, the mesmerizing meteorologist, Mike Nelson

110 rs for facebookGet into the spirit of the evening by wearing wacky individual or team costumes to compete in the Crazy Costume contest. The trivia contest will challenge your mind and get your competitive and creative juices flowing. Form a team of eight of your friends or colleagues. Don’t have a team? We’ll match you up with like-minded folks for an unforgettable evening of friendly competitive revelry.

Tables: $1,000 for a table of eight
Individual Tickets: $125/person

To learn about the Brainiac Bowl 2015 corporate benefits, click here.  For more information and to register, please contact Kelley Van Egeren at 608-216-9373 or