About Us

About Us

History & Mission

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 are 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. Starting in 2018, admission to ALL of our exhibits and indoor play spaces is FREE.

Interested in learning more about our exciting new initiatives?
Explore our Bridge to the Future: Strategic Planning Initiatives brochure.

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

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC), established in 1994, is an independent, non-profit organization. Our mission is 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.

We believe…

When we are thoughtful about being inclusive in how we engage and educate, we help students to know that nature is for everyone and is a safe place to learn and explore.

When we engage students in positive, hands-on experiences in nature, their curiosity is sparked and a lifelong connection to nature is made.

When we educate students, nurturing a better understanding of the world around them, we foster an environmentally literate generation empowered to take positive ecological, social and fiscal actions.

When we – as Aldo Leopold wrote – “teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands,” empowered students take individual actions and create meaningful change – change that is critical to the sustainability and health of the natural world.

When we strategically and thoughtfully work with community partners, we help them fulfill their goals while increasing our capacity to engage and educate students, creating healthy and sustainable communities everywhere.

When we care for the land and are mindful of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, we are equipped to engage and educate students about the world around them – empowering them to preserve the land, providing a sanctuary for human, plant and animal 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. For more information on how we are expanding access, please see our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEAs) Policy Initiative.

Located in Monona, ALNC works to engage, educate, and empower students through programming and services designed primarily for school age children, ages 2-14. We reach these students, and others, through their teachers and families, our community partners, donors, and volunteers, through:

Through these programs, ALNC fosters admiration and respect for nature, and encourages sustainability and stewardship of the land.

View the video here to learn more!