About Us

About Us

History & Mission

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) was established in 1994 as an independent, non-profit organization with the mission to provide innovative hands-on programs for children and their families and teachers that “…teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands” in the spirit of famed ecologist Aldo Leopold.  

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, pre-school 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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