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Vacation Day: Little Critters

Vacation Day: Little Critters

December 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learning about little critters can be BIG fun! We’ll spend the day learning about mice, voles, moles, shrews, bats and more. Go on a food scavenger hunt, search for signs and scat, find out how they stay warm in winter, dissect an owl pellet to put together a little critter skeleton, and try to observe a little critter up close through live trapping and release. Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Nuts to You (Fri AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Nuts to You (Fri AM)

December 1 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Red, gray, flying and fox; squirrels must be sneaky to watch out for hawks! Come gather some acorns and squirrel away some knowledge about our furry fall friends. Continue reading

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2017 Holiday Bazaar

2017 Holiday Bazaar

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Looking for unique, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts while supporting local artisans and a good cause? Visit the 7th annual Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s Holiday Bazaar! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 4

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 5

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Tues AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Tues AM)

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

Spiders come and spiders go. Even in the winter! Get stuck in a web of fun and take home an egg-sac full of memories. Bet you can’t w-8! Continue reading

Homeschool Program: Beyond the Naked Eye

Homeschool Program: Beyond the Naked Eye

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Explore objects too big or too small to see with the naked eye! From water molecules to the atmosphere we’ll use microscopes to enlarge small objects and organisms and learn about and build molecules. Then we’ll look past the earth’s surface while spending some time viewing earth from space in Science on A Sphere! We’ll make the far away and extremely small come to life! Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Tues PM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Tues PM)

December 5 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Spiders come and spiders go. Even in the winter! Get stuck in a web of fun and take home an egg-sac full of memories. Bet you can’t w-8! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 6

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Wed AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Wed AM)

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

Spiders come and spiders go. Even in the winter! Get stuck in a web of fun and take home an egg-sac full of memories. Bet you can’t w-8! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 7

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Thurs AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Thurs AM)

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

Spiders come and spiders go. Even in the winter! Get stuck in a web of fun and take home an egg-sac full of memories. Bet you can’t w-8! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 8

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Vacation Day: Little Critters

Vacation Day: Little Critters

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learning about little critters can be BIG fun! We’ll spend the day learning about mice, voles, moles, shrews, bats and more. Go on a food scavenger hunt, search for signs and scat, find out how they stay warm in winter, dissect an owl pellet to put together a little critter skeleton, and try to observe a little critter up close through live trapping and release. Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Fri AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Fri AM)

December 8 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Spiders come and spiders go. Even in the winter! Get stuck in a web of fun and take home an egg-sac full of memories. Bet you can’t w-8! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 9

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 10

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 11

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 12

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Tues AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Tues AM)

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

You are in luck! Deer do not write goodbye letters for the winter. They bed down here and leap over there. Today the songs, games, and fun a-bound! Continue reading

Homeschool Program: Astronomy 101

Homeschool Program: Astronomy 101

December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon under the stars as we explore our solar system; including planets, moons and constellations. We’ll get an up close and personal look at these celestial bodies with the Science on a Sphere. Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Tues PM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Tues PM)

December 12 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

You are in luck! Deer do not write goodbye letters for the winter. They bed down here and leap over there. Today the songs, games, and fun a-bound! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 13

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Wed AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Wed AM)

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

You are in luck! Deer do not write goodbye letters for the winter. They bed down here and leap over there. Today the songs, games, and fun a-bound! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 14

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Thurs AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Thurs AM)

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

You are in luck! Deer do not write goodbye letters for the winter. They bed down here and leap over there. Today the songs, games, and fun a-bound! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 15

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Fri AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Fri AM)

December 15 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

You are in luck! Deer do not write goodbye letters for the winter. They bed down here and leap over there. Today the songs, games, and fun a-bound! Continue reading

Family Public Program: Winter Solstice Celebration

Family Public Program: Winter Solstice Celebration

December 15 @ 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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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 16

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Public Program: Candlelit Snowshoe Hike

Public Program: Candlelit Snowshoe Hike

December 16 @ 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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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 17

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 18

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 19

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Signs of Life (Tues AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Signs of Life (Tues AM)

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

Sometimes animals leave us clues like scat or tracks that tell us about their actions. Come be a nature detective and find the animal clues that might be right under your nose- or your foot! Continue reading

Homeschool Program: Snowshoeing Basics

Homeschool Program: Snowshoeing Basics

December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

See and learn about snowshoe styles from past to present as we learn the science and culture behind this mode of winter travel. Afterwards, we’ll head outside to explore the winter landscape on snowshoes, practice basic skills, and play some games! In the case of no snow, students will still learn about and experience snowshoes, but the hike will be done without snowshoes. Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Signs of Life (Tues PM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Signs of Life (Tues PM)

December 19 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Sometimes animals leave us clues like scat or tracks that tell us about their actions. Come be a nature detective and find the animal clues that might be right under your nose- or your foot! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 20

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Signs of Life (Wed AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Signs of Life (Wed AM)

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

Sometimes animals leave us clues like scat or tracks that tell us about their actions. Come be a nature detective and find the animal clues that might be right under your nose- or your foot! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 21

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Signs of Life (Thurs AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Signs of Life (Thurs AM)

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

Sometimes animals leave us clues like scat or tracks that tell us about their actions. Come be a nature detective and find the animal clues that might be right under your nose- or your foot! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 22

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Vacation Day: Wisconsin Winter Living Long Ago

Vacation Day: Wisconsin Winter Living Long Ago

December 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

How do you stay warm in the winter? How do you stay entertained? Today we use things such as electricity to help us stay cozy, warm, and entertained throughout winter’s cold, dark days. But, what about the people who lived here a long time ago? We’ll explore how Native Americans and pioneers stayed warm, busy, and happy in the winter months. We’ll play Native American and pioneer games, try out snowshoes, make a warm beverage over the fire, make traditional crafts, and even celebrate the Winter Solstice! Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Signs of Life (Fri AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Signs of Life (Fri AM)

December 22 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Sometimes animals leave us clues like scat or tracks that tell us about their actions. Come be a nature detective and find the animal clues that might be right under your nose- or your foot! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 23

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Bird and Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area

Bird and Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area

December 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for regularly scheduled - 4th Saturday of every month - Bird and Nature Outings at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area! 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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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 24

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 25

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 26

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Vacation Day: Owl Moon

Vacation Day: Owl Moon

December 26 @ 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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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 27

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Vacation Day: Winter Survival

Vacation Day: Winter Survival

December 27 @ 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, creating a makeshift shelter, and cooking a snack over our survival fire. Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 28

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Vacation Day: Wonderful Winter Science

Vacation Day: Wonderful Winter Science

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

Winter is a magical event! Where does snow come from? How does it form? What causes winter? We’ll learn the answers to all of these questions and more through hands-on experiments, winter exploration, and, of course, some play! What if there’s no snow, you ask? Then we’ll just have to make our own! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 29

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

Vacation Day: Winter Olympics – Monona

Vacation Day: Winter Olympics – Monona

December 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Olympics are in South Korea this winter, but we’ll hold our own version of them out in nature in Monona! Participate in your favorite outdoor nature games, including snowshoeing, snow animal sculpture contests, glacier races and much more! Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 30

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

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December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 2017: Solar Celebrations

December 31

Craving a little sunshine on these dark, cold days? Prepare for Winter Solstice by helping us celebrate our Sun and all things solar! Visit during our public hours this month to immerse yourself in high-definition solar energy wavelengths, help us monitor our … Continue reading

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