About Us

About Us

History & Mission

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC), established in 1994, is an independent, non-profit organization with the mission to engage and educate current and future generations, empowering them to respect, protect and enjoy the natural world. Guided by Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, our vision is that: Engaged, educated and empowered people take action to protect the natural world and create healthy and sustainable communities.

ALNC is leading the way to ensure visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature by offering positive and constructive learning opportunities that capture their interest, engage their senses and teach them to appreciate the interconnectedness of all living things.

ALNC operates two innovative nature center campuses year-round in Monona and Black Earth and uses both facilities for hands-on environmental education programming including public programs, preschool programs, summer camps, school field trips, after school programs, scout and home-school programs, special events, teacher training workshops and interactive exhibits. Through these programs, ALNC fosters admiration and respect for nature, and encourages sustainability and stewardship of the land.

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