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Vacation Day: Winter Survival (MGSD)

Vacation Day: Winter Survival (MGSD)

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Any of us could find ourselves in a situation where we need to use winter survival skills. In this adventurous program, we’ll learn what nature provides to help us survive, learn how to dress appropriately, pack a survival kit and work cooperatively. After learning this, we’ll head to the woods to test our skills in building a fire and creating a makeshift shelter. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Cone Zone (Tues AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Cone Zone (Tues AM)

December 4 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

We find them on the ground and up above our heads. Cones from conifer trees are fun to explore with their varied patterns and textures and sizes. Join us as we learn all about these special seed protectors and their conifer family. Continue reading

Homeschool Program: Guess What I Saw!

Homeschool Program: Guess What I Saw!

December 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nature is full of such beautiful sights! Winter is fast approaching and many things have been changing in our outdoor world. We will use our observation skills to record some of the changes that have occurred. What kinds of animals are we seeing? Are there any leaves left on the trees? We will learn about the term phenology and will have the chance to create our own observation journal. Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Cone Zone (Tues PM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Cone Zone (Tues PM)

December 4 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

We find them on the ground and up above our heads. Cones from conifer trees are fun to explore with their varied patterns and textures and sizes. Join us as we learn all about these special seed protectors and their conifer family. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Cone Zone (Wed AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Cone Zone (Wed AM)

December 5 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

We find them on the ground and up above our heads. Cones from conifer trees are fun to explore with their varied patterns and textures and sizes. Join us as we learn all about these special seed protectors and their conifer family. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Cone Zone (Thurs AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Cone Zone (Thurs AM)

December 6 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

We find them on the ground and up above our heads. Cones from conifer trees are fun to explore with their varied patterns and textures and sizes. Join us as we learn all about these special seed protectors and their conifer family. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Cone Zone (Fri AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Cone Zone (Fri AM)

December 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

We find them on the ground and up above our heads. Cones from conifer trees are fun to explore with their varied patterns and textures and sizes. Join us as we learn all about these special seed protectors and their conifer family. Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Winter Survival (MMSD)

Vacation Day: Winter Survival (MMSD)

December 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Any of us could find ourselves in a situation where we need to use winter survival skills. In this adventurous program, we’ll learn what nature provides to help us survive, learn how to dress appropriately, pack a survival kit and work cooperatively. After learning this, we’ll head to the woods to test our skills in building a fire and creating a makeshift shelter. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mighty Mice (Tues AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mighty Mice (Tues AM)

December 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Squeak, squeak, squeak! Let's shrink into the world of mice to explore the world from their perspective. From the tip of their tails to the tops of their ears, we'll learn all about these tiny timid creatures. Continue reading

Homeschool Program: Wisconsin’s Native American Cultures

Homeschool Program: Wisconsin’s Native American Cultures

December 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Take a trip back in time to see how Native Americans lived long ago! We’ll explore artifacts used as tools and learn how nature was the grocery store, pharmacy, and hardware store to Native Americans. We’ll also hike to a burial mound and learn how and why these land forms were made. Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mighty Mice (Tues PM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mighty Mice (Tues PM)

December 11 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Squeak, squeak, squeak! Let's shrink into the world of mice to explore the world from their perspective. From the tip of their tails to the tops of their ears, we'll learn all about these tiny timid creatures. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mighty Mice (Wed AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mighty Mice (Wed AM)

December 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Squeak, squeak, squeak! Let's shrink into the world of mice to explore the world from their perspective. From the tip of their tails to the tops of their ears, we'll learn all about these tiny timid creatures. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mighty Mice (Thurs AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mighty Mice (Thurs AM)

December 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Squeak, squeak, squeak! Let's shrink into the world of mice to explore the world from their perspective. From the tip of their tails to the tops of their ears, we'll learn all about these tiny timid creatures. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mighty Mice (Fri AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mighty Mice (Fri AM)

December 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Squeak, squeak, squeak! Let's shrink into the world of mice to explore the world from their perspective. From the tip of their tails to the tops of their ears, we'll learn all about these tiny timid creatures. Continue reading

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Public Program: Candlelit Snowshoe Hike

Public Program: Candlelit Snowshoe Hike

December 15 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center, City of Monona, and City of Madison are teaming up for a candlelight evening snowshoe through the trails at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Woodland Park and Edna Taylor Conservation Park. After snowshoeing, warm up by a roaring fire with a cup of hot chocolate or check out the ALNC’s Climate Education Center and Nature Nook exhibits. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Tues AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Tues AM)

December 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s celebrate the shortest day(light) of the year in anticipation of longer and brighter days. Come join the festivities and explore nature-ful traditions and customs. Don’t be left in the dark! Continue reading

Homeschool Program: Changes Over Time

Homeschool Program: Changes Over Time

December 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Earth is constantly changing and scientists have made observations of these changes over many years. We will learn the difference between short-term and long-term changes, such as climate and animal adaptations. We’ll visit the “Children’s Shack” to observe changes in people’s lifestyles and record our observations to create our own records to study. Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Tues PM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Tues PM)

December 18 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Let’s celebrate the shortest day(light) of the year in anticipation of longer and brighter days. Come join the festivities and explore nature-ful traditions and customs. Don’t be left in the dark! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Wed AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Wed AM)

December 19 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s celebrate the shortest day(light) of the year in anticipation of longer and brighter days. Come join the festivities and explore nature-ful traditions and customs. Don’t be left in the dark! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Thurs AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Thurs AM)

December 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s celebrate the shortest day(light) of the year in anticipation of longer and brighter days. Come join the festivities and explore nature-ful traditions and customs. Don’t be left in the dark! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Fri AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Fri AM)

December 21 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s celebrate the shortest day(light) of the year in anticipation of longer and brighter days. Come join the festivities and explore nature-ful traditions and customs. Don’t be left in the dark! Continue reading

Family Public Program: Winter Solstice Celebration

Family Public Program: Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Come celebrate the longest night of the year with a night time winter hike under the stars as we explore Solstice traditions spanning centuries around the globe. Continue reading

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Bird & Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park

Bird & Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park

December 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for regularly scheduled - 4th Saturday of every month - Bird & Nature Outings at Edna Taylor Conservation Park! This free, family-friendly nature hike requires no registration and is co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partner groups Madison Parks, Madison Audubon and Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Frozen Forts (MGSD & MMSD)

Vacation Day: Frozen Forts (MGSD & MMSD)

December 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

People and animals in cold climates have come up with some special ways of staying warm. We will learn about some of their strategies to find inspiration for a day’s worth of fort building. By the end of the day, we’ll hopefully have various snowy structures with room for everyone! Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Snow Science (MGSD & MMSD)

Vacation Day: Snow Science (MGSD & MMSD)

December 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Snow is so much fun to play in! But there is a lot to learn about snow. How does snow form? What do snowflakes look like up close? Is snow always so cold or can it be warm? We will get to the bottom of the fluffy stuff as we learn and, of course, play in the snow! Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Christmas Bird Count at ALNC! (MGSD & MMSD)

Vacation Day: Christmas Bird Count at ALNC! (MGSD & MMSD)

December 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Every year people from all over the country come together to count birds for the Great American Backyard Bird Count. Citizen scientists submit their checklists that help researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. While collecting this info, we’ll hike using binoculars to search for birds, fill bird feeders, and have all sorts of feathery fun! Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Owl Moon (MGSD & MMSD)

Vacation Day: Owl Moon (MGSD & MMSD)

December 31 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

While some birds migrate south to sunny skies and warmer winters, some birds stay here in Wisconsin to tough it out including many owls! We’ll read the story “Owl Moon” then use our detective eyes and ears to look and listen for signs of owls and other winter birds. We’ll learn all about winter birds and owls, specifically, through dissecting owl pellets, checking out ALNC’s own Barred Owl nest box, and more! Continue reading

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