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March 2019

Land Steward Work Day

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the third Saturday until November 16, 2019
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands? Join us one Saturday a month, March through November, to help control invasive species, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Volunteer work days will focus mainly on land management and other projects as needed. Work days may be cancelled or planned activities modified due to inclement weather. Continue reading

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February 2019
$125/Person or $1000/Table of Eight

Brainiac Bowl 2019

February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Brink Lounge,
701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI United States
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Join us for a lively science, history, culture, and pop trivia contest in which teams match wits against each other to raise funds for children’s environmental education! Continue reading

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November 20182018

Land Steward Work Days

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the third Saturday until November 17, 2018
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

Land Stewards & Restorationists — We Need YOU! Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands? Join us one Saturday a month, March through November, to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Volunteer work days will focus mainly on land management and other projects as needed. Work days may be cancelled or planned activities modified due to inclement weather. Here are just a few Land Stewards projects: Cut honeysuckle and other unwanted brush…

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October 2018

Land Steward Work Days

October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the third Saturday until November 17, 2018
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

Land Stewards & Restorationists — We Need YOU! Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands? Join us one Saturday a month, March through November, to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Volunteer work days will focus mainly on land management and other projects as needed. Work days may be cancelled or planned activities modified due to inclement weather. Here are just a few Land Stewards projects: Cut honeysuckle and other unwanted brush…

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September 2018
Adult (18+):$75; Child (5-17): $25; Child (4 and under): Free

Pipers in the Prairie & Festival Fire

September 29, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Engage your senses and rejoice in the season as we celebrate harvest at Pipers in the Prairie, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s spectacular fall fundraising gala! Continue reading

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Land Steward Work Days

September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the third Saturday until November 17, 2018
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

Land Stewards & Restorationists — We Need YOU! Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands? Join us one Saturday a month, March through November, to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Volunteer work days will focus mainly on land management and other projects as needed. Work days may be cancelled or planned activities modified due to inclement weather. Here are just a few Land Stewards projects: Cut honeysuckle and other unwanted brush…

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August 2018

Meet the Naturalists & ALNC Happy Hour

August 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Karben4 Brewing,
3698 Kinsman Blvd Madison, WI 53704 United States
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Join us at Karben4 Brewing to celebrate the end of Summer Camp and meet the Naturalist staff! Continue reading

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Land Steward Work Days

August 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the third Saturday until November 17, 2018
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

Land Stewards & Restorationists — We Need YOU! Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands? Join us one Saturday a month, March through November, to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Volunteer work days will focus mainly on land management and other projects as needed. Work days may be cancelled or planned activities modified due to inclement weather. Here are just a few Land Stewards projects: Cut honeysuckle and other unwanted brush…

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$50/person

Adult Workshop: Leopold Education Project

August 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Foundation,
E13701 Levee Rd Baraboo, 53913
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The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum based on essays in Aldo Leopold’s ‘A Sand County Almanac’. This workshop will be held at the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo and is appropriate for anyone who is interested in learning more about fostering a relationship between our youth and the natural world– teachers, scout leaders, naturalists, park rangers, zoo educators, youth group leaders, and private citizens. Continue reading

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July 2018

Land Steward Work Days

July 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the third Saturday until November 17, 2018
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

Land Stewards & Restorationists — We Need YOU! Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands? Join us one Saturday a month, March through November, to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Volunteer work days will focus mainly on land management and other projects as needed. Work days may be cancelled or planned activities modified due to inclement weather. Here are just a few Land Stewards projects: Cut honeysuckle and other unwanted brush…

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$25

Writing Workshop: Walking Home Ground

July 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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‘Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth’, is an account of regional writer Robert Root’s journey walking the same Wisconsin trails, countryside and natural areas as the legendary writers and conservationists listed in the title. In this reading and writing appreciation course, we will to respond to the reading and come up with our own ideas as to what home ground means to us and how we understand and experience our drift-less natural areas. Continue reading

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$25

Writing Workshop: Walking Home Ground

July 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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‘Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth’, is an account of regional writer Robert Root’s journey walking the same Wisconsin trails, countryside and natural areas as the legendary writers and conservationists listed in the title. In this reading and writing appreciation course, we will to respond to the reading and come up with our own ideas as to what home ground means to us and how we understand and experience our drift-less natural areas. Continue reading

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June 2018
$25

Writing Workshop: Walking Home Ground

June 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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‘Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth’, is an account of regional writer Robert Root’s journey walking the same Wisconsin trails, countryside and natural areas as the legendary writers and conservationists listed in the title. In this reading and writing appreciation course, we will to respond to the reading and come up with our own ideas as to what home ground means to us and how we understand and experience our drift-less natural areas. Continue reading

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$25

Writing Workshop: Walking Home Ground

June 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

‘Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth’, is an account of regional writer Robert Root’s journey walking the same Wisconsin trails, countryside and natural areas as the legendary writers and conservationists listed in the title. In this reading and writing appreciation course, we will to respond to the reading and come up with our own ideas as to what home ground means to us and how we understand and experience our drift-less natural areas. Continue reading

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$25/person

Adult Workshop: Leopold Education Project

June 20, 2018 @ 12:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Foundation,
E13701 Levee Rd Baraboo, 53913
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The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum based on essays in Aldo Leopold’s ‘A Sand County Almanac’. This workshop will be held at the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo and is appropriate for anyone who is interested in learning more about fostering a relationship between our youth and the natural world– teachers, scout leaders, naturalists, park rangers, zoo educators, youth group leaders, and private citizens. Continue reading

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Land Steward Work Days

June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the third Saturday until November 17, 2018
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

Land Stewards & Restorationists — We Need YOU! Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands? Join us one Saturday a month, March through November, to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Volunteer work days will focus mainly on land management and other projects as needed. Work days may be cancelled or planned activities modified due to inclement weather. Here are just a few Land Stewards projects: Cut honeysuckle and other unwanted brush…

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May 2018

Land Steward Work Days

May 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the third Saturday until November 17, 2018
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

Land Stewards & Restorationists — We Need YOU! Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands? Join us one Saturday a month, March through November, to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Volunteer work days will focus mainly on land management and other projects as needed. Work days may be cancelled or planned activities modified due to inclement weather. Here are just a few Land Stewards projects: Cut honeysuckle and other unwanted brush…

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April 2018
$40

PROJECT LEARNING TREE: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Workshop

April 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, this workshop and accompanying guide is designed for educators who work with children ages 3 to 6 and offers more than 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. Join us! Continue reading

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Land Steward Work Days

April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the third Saturday until November 17, 2018
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

Land Stewards & Restorationists — We Need YOU! Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands? Join us one Saturday a month, March through November, to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Volunteer work days will focus mainly on land management and other projects as needed. Work days may be cancelled or planned activities modified due to inclement weather. Here are just a few Land Stewards projects: Cut honeysuckle and other unwanted brush…

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March 2018

Author Talk: ‘Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land’

March 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, WI 53716

‘Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land’ tells the story of Scott Freeman and Susan Leopold Freeman’s work to restore and conserve a dilapidated salmon stream in the Olympic Peninsula. In doing so, they put into practice the land ethic set forth by Susan’s grandfather, Aldo Leopold. They began with 18 acres of badly degraded farm land, and with the help of family, friends, and local conservation groups they have now restored and conserved more than 200 acres. Scott’s writing artfully blends the family’s story with powerful universal lessons about how we can live more constructive, fulfilling, and natural lives by engaging with the land rather than exploiting it. It is a compelling personal narrative about one family’s journey. And, it is also a rough road map for how to act locally, while thinking globally. Continue reading

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Land Steward Work Days

March 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the third Saturday until November 17, 2018
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

Land Stewards & Restorationists — We Need YOU! Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands? Join us one Saturday a month, March through November, to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Volunteer work days will focus mainly on land management and other projects as needed. Work days may be cancelled or planned activities modified due to inclement weather. Here are just a few Land Stewards projects: Cut honeysuckle and other unwanted brush…

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February 2018
$125/Person or $1000/Table of Eight

Brainiac Bowl 2018

February 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Brink Lounge,
701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI United States
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Join us for a lively science, history, culture, and pop trivia contest in which teams match wits against each other to raise funds for children’s environmental education! Continue reading

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November 20172017
$20 Suggested Donation

Stories from the Land: A #GivingTuesday Event with Jerry Apps

November 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Celebrate #GivingTuesday with a talk by top-selling rural-life author Jerry Apps!   We would rest on the hay that smelled of sweet clover and alfalfa and listen to the drumming of the raindrops on the barn roof. We’d listen to Pa’s stories of rainy days he remembered. We enjoyed a day of rest and celebrated the rain, for our sandy farm never had enough. – Jerry Apps Celebrate #GivingTuesday with us as we listen to Jerry Apps share stories and…

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June 2017
$135/person

Adult Workshop: SAWW Chainsaw Training, Level III

June 5, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Black Earth Campus,
10648 Sutcliffe Rd Black Earth, WI 53515
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Participants in Level 3 SAWW training will spend most of their time in the field, practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably, and productively. Continue reading

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May 2017
$135/person

Adult Workshop: SAWW Chainsaw Training, Level II

May 22, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Black Earth Campus,
10648 Sutcliffe Rd Black Earth, WI 53515
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Participants in Level 2 SAWW training will spend time both outside and in the classroom, practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably, and productively. Continue reading

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$135/person

Adult Workshop: SAWW Chainsaw Training, Level I

May 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Black Earth Campus,
10648 Sutcliffe Rd Black Earth, WI 53515
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This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and is the first of a four part series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use. Continue reading

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February 2017

Brainiac Bowl 2017

February 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Brink Lounge,
701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI United States
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Individual/$125; Table of Eight/$1000 The Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI For registration and more info please contact Kelley Van Egeren at 608-216-9373 or kelley@naturenet.com. CALLING ALL HISTORY BUFFS, SCIENCE GEEKS & ENVIRONMENTAL EINSTEINS! The Brainiac Bowl is a lively science, history, culture, and pop trivia contest in which teams match wits against each other and raise funds for environmental education programs for students of all ages at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Although there is passionate competition, trivia questions are varied…

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May 20162016

Public Lecture: Stephen Laubach – Redefining Conservation on the Leopold Memorial Reserve

May 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for Redefining Conservation on the Leopold Memorial Reserve: A New Era of Cooperative Land Stewardship, a free public lecture by author Stephen Laubach. The land that is now the Leopold Memorial Reserve in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and the site of Leopold’s famous “shack,” provided the families of Aldo Leopold and Thomas Coleman an ideal setting for pioneering experiments in ecological restoration and cooperative conservation. Author Stephen Laubach will examine the evolution of the Reserve idea and how it…

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March 2016

Adult Workshop: Basic Wildfire Firefighter & Prescribed Fire Training

March 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Black Earth Campus,
10648 Sutcliffe Rd Black Earth, WI 53515
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This 32‐hour course encompasses S‐130 Fire Fighter (24 hrs. online and 8 hrs. formal workshop), S‐190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (self-study), L‐180 Human Factors on the Fireline, and I-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System (self-study) training. Continue reading

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February 2016

Back-Acre Bird Hike

February 14, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join ALNC naturalist and resident birder, Alex Jeffers, on a guided birdwatching hike in celebration of the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count. Hike our prairie, wetland, and woodlands to help us track birds on our grounds as part of this nation-wide citizen science initiative. Bring your kids, your lovebird, or yourself to discover and identify local birds, listen for their calls, and learn how you can conduct citizen science in your own backyard. Afterwards, head inside to test your skills…

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January 2016

Public Lecture: Live from Antarctica! / En Vivo Desde Antártida!

January 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Juan Botella, PolarTREC teacher researcher and science teacher at Monona Grove High School, followed his dream of becoming an oceanographer when he went to Antarctica in 2011 to study the changes in seawater properties due to climate change. He assisted with studies aboard the research icebreaker Nathanial B. Palmer, from the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, through the Southern Ocean and Drake Passage to Chile. He loved it so much, he’s heading to the McMurdo Station again this January! In this very special public lecture, the…

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December 20152015
$30

Project Learning Tree Workshop: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

December 7, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Exploring nature is a complete sensory experience, and early encounters with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of children’s imaginations and their senses of wonder and curiosity—important motivators for lifelong learning. Participants of this workshop will develop new skills, learn how to adapt activities to their classrooms, share expertise with other educators, and receive a collection of educational resources from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Continue reading

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September 2015

Public Lecture: Forests and Humans

September 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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In celebration of ALNC’s Forestry month, and to kick off the University of Wisconsin’s Forests and Humans Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), join us for a “Forests and Humans” public lecture from Dr. Catherine Woodward, including a tree identification walk through the ALNC grounds. This public lecture on Wednesday, September 23 from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, will introduce many of the topics to be explored in University of Wisconsin-Madison MOOC Forests & Humans: From the Midwest to Madagascar (led by…

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July 2015

Public Lecture: Migrations of Cranes – A Talk by George Archibald

July 14, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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The Aldo Leopold Nature Center and the Madison Science Museum are pleased to bring you a free public lecture by George Archibald, Co-founder & Senior Conservationist at the International Crane Foundation and visionary leader in international conservation efforts for four decades. When people commit to saving cranes, we join together to take action based on our shared values for cranes and their landscapes. Cranes are powerful ambassadors for international goodwill and collaboration. From the wedding kimonos of Japan, to the colorful textiles in…

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June 2015

2015 Run Wild in the Woods: 10K/5K Run/Walk

June 27, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Black Earth Campus,
10648 Sutcliffe Rd Black Earth, WI 53515
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Congratulations to all of the Run Wild 2015 participants – thank you for joining us and for supporting Aldo Leopold Nature Center programs!  Race results are listed below.  Photos can be found on the ALNC’s Facebook Page, in the album Run Wild 2015. 2015 10K Race Results: Jenkins, Patrick  44:45:00  1st Place Male Deibler, Jadrien   46:54:00   2nd Place Male Frion, Austin   47:14:00   3rd Place Male Latorraca, Kate   61:21:00  1st Place Female Bock, Karla   72:59:00…

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May 2015
$200/person + material fee

Build Your Own Canoe Paddle (Cancelled)

May 21, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join local paddle maker and teacher, Jeff Bach, for a series of sessions to learn to build your own beautiful and functional bent-shaft paddle to take home and out on the water. Throughout this series, we will spend time laminating, gluing, sanding, applying fiberglass and epoxy and learning basic woodworking skills. Continue reading

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$28/person

Flying Wild Workshop

May 2, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Flying Wild, the newest program of the Council for Environmental Education, introduces students in the upper elementary and middle school grades to bird conservation. This occurs through a standards-based classroom activity guide and through environmental stewardship projects. Flying WILD encourages schools and nature centers to work closely with conservation organizations, community groups, and businesses involved with birds to implement school bird festivals, Continue reading

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April 2015

Bicycling for the Earth and Your Health

April 29, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Celebrate Monona’s Year of the Bike and Green Living month at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center with the next in our public lecture series on nature, climate, energy, and sustainability! Join special guest Maggie Grabow (PhD, MPH) from the University of Wisconsin’s Global Health Institute to learn about the environmental and human health benefits of bicycling.   There are numerous reasons to ride your bicycle: it’s fun, convenient, cheaper, and better for the environment than driving — and it’s good for your health. There…

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March 2015

Bioneers Film Screening: Blue Mind

March 18, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Sustain Dane on Wednesday, March 18, 6-8 PM for a free video keynote from Wallace “J” Nichols, esteemed marine biologist, on the healing impacts of water and its importance in our lives. The video, “Blue Mind,” is an encore screening from the Bioneers Conference, held annually in San Rafael, CA. This event is part of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s ongoing public lecture series and is one of four encore screenings hosted by Sustain Dane in partnership with local…

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Public Lecture – No Going Back: Ethics and Institutions for the Anthropocene

March 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a free public lecture by Paul Robbins, Professor and Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, in which he explores the ethics and institutions of our current planetary era. The world has entered a new condition, which many call the “Anthropocene,” a period of transformed Earth from which there is likely no return. While this condition is marked by serious and frightening challenges, including climate change, mass extinction, and resource scarcity,…

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December 20142014

NASA “Ask Us” – Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Midwest

December 11, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Calling all educators and interested public! The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is excited to be hosting a live webcast and Q&A with climate experts from NASA! ALNC was identified as a Midwest host organization, and we will be connected live with experts from NASA Langley Research Center. We hope you can join us for this one-of-a-kind online Earth System Science educator professional development opportunity from NASA’s ESTEEM (Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education) Program. Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change…

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October 2014

The Six-Degree World and What We Can Do

October 23, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join us on the evening of Thursday, October 23, as we welcome repeat guest lecturer, Dr. Richard Steeves, Radiation Oncologist at UW Health and Professor Emeritus in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Human Oncology. Dr. Steeves will be discussing the writings of British author and activist Mark Lynas and incorporating his own views on conventional vs. unconventional energy sources and the impacts of nuclear energy on individuals, society, and the planet. This program is part of…

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$140 (members save 10%)

A Lens on the Natural World

October 11, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center is delighted to partner with photographer Lisa Frank for this 4-day workshop! Each day the class will begin with time spent outdoors at the ALNC and Edna Taylor Conservation Park. Participants will be given projects that will help develop and strengthen their awareness of a reciprocal relationship with nature, their observational skills, their sensory perception and their artistic spirit. Continue reading

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September 2014

New Energy Economy: Barriers, Challenges, and Opportunities

September 11, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join us the evening of Thursday, September 11, for the next in our series of public lectures on climate, energy, and sustainability! New Energy Economy:  Barriers, Challenges, and Opportunities by Gary Radloff, Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis, Wisconsin Energy Institute Energy needs and solutions are changing around the world, in the U.S., and in Wisconsin. How fast and how dynamic the energy transition will occur remains unclear due to policy and economics. This presentation will look at significant trends, current…

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August 2014
$30

Project Learning Tree: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

August 7, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Exploring nature is a complete sensory experience, and early encounters with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of children’s imaginations and their senses of wonder and curiosity—important motivators for lifelong learning. Participants of this workshop will develop new skills, learn how to adapt activities to their classrooms, share expertise with other educators, and receive a collection of educational resources from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Continue reading

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July 2014
Free

Public Lecture: Climate Change, Rainfall and Wisconsin Communities

July 24, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Are you interested in the impacts of climate change and how it will affect present communities and future generations in Wisconsin? Join the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a free public lecture by David S. Liebl, Statewide Outreach Specialist for UW-Extension and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI). Throughout the state, communities need to plan for heavier rains and flooding, as well as drought and an increased demand for safe drinking water. During his lecture, Mr. Liebl will…

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June 2014
$20

Leopold Education Project

June 17, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join us in learning how to use Leopold’s writings as a springboard for engaging students in science, literature, math and social studies. A recently developed collection of activities entitled, Exploring the Outdoors with Aldo Leopold, encourages flexibility, and creativity, using the lessons in a variety of subject matters. The hands-on critical thinking activities teach students about nature and conservation while striving to instill what Leopold called “ the land ethic”, an appreciation of and respect for the land and how it should be used. Continue reading

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May 2014

THE PASSENGER PIGEON’S EXTINCTION: LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

May 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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THE PASSENGER PIGEON’S EXTINCTION: LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE (Public Lecture) Stanley A. Temple A free public lecture (6-7:00pm), followed by a guided tour of the nature center and exhibits (7-8:00pm) In 1914 the last surviving Passenger Pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo, ending a calamitous half-century in which the pigeon declined from billions to one and then to none as a result of uncontrolled market hunting and the resulting disruption of nesting colonies. The loss of…

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Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop

May 4, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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10am-4pm In this workshop, participants will create a sample piece to play with texture and color, then create a one of a kind work of art, perfect for cool nights in the spring or cold winter days.  Nuno felting is a technique that bonds loose fiber, in this case Merino wool, into a lightweight, flowing felt fabric.  This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate wet felters. Ages 16+ please; ages 14-15 welcome with adult. Please Bring the following supplies:…

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April 2014

Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop

April 27, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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CANCELED!  Sunday, April 27, 2014 10am-4pm In this workshop, participants will create a sample piece to play with texture and color, then create a one of a kind work of art, perfect for cool nights in the spring or cold winter days.  Nuno felting is a technique that bonds loose fiber, in this case Merino wool, into a lightweight, flowing felt fabric.  This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate wet felters. Ages 16+ please; ages 14-15 welcome with adult.…

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Free

2052: A Global Forecast for the Next 40 Years

April 10, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Visit the Aldo Leopold Nature Center on April 10, 2014 for the next in our lecture series on nature, climate and culture. Hear Dr. Richard Steeves, UW-Madison Radiation Oncology Faculty and International Crane Foundation Board Member, discuss the fascinating global treatise of Norwegian professor Jorgen Randers. Continue reading

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January 2014
Free

Barrow Tales: Climate & Culture in the Arctic

January 23, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Visit the Aldo Leopold Nature Center on January 23, 2014 for the next in our lecture series on nature, climate and culture. Dr. Cathy Middlecamp (UW-Madison) and Dr. Robert Rabin (NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory) will share their experiences teaching at Ilisagvik College in Barrow, Alaska, through photos and stories of earth, air, ice, fire, and water that connected them, their students, and the arctic landscape. Continue reading

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December 20132013
$12/advance; $15/day of event. Ticket price includes snacks, activities and 2 drink tickets.

Arctic Avalanche

December 13, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Experience a stunning, virtual trip to the ends of the Earth at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center on Friday, December 13 for their third adult event, Arctic Avalanche! REGISTER HERE! Guests 21+ will enjoy: Multi-media displays and ant/arctic-themed art from local artists of all ages Stunning 360º views of the northern lights in ALNC’s immersion theater A polar photobooth Icy, interactive crowd-sourced art projects Live music from Circus Fires Delicious craft brews and light snacks Displays and firsthand reflections on polar…

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October 2013
FREE for ALNC Members; $5.50 for Non-members

Wild About Weather Month in the Exhibits

October 27, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every week until October 27, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts, take your own weather measurements, give your own weather forecast, and immerse yourself in our Storms360 Theater. Continue reading

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FREE for ALNC Members; $5.50 for Non-members

Wild About Weather Month in the Exhibits

October 26, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every week until October 26, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts, take your own weather measurements, give your own weather forecast, and immerse yourself in our Storms360 Theater. Continue reading

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FREE for ALNC Members; $5.50 for Non-members

Wild About Weather Month in the Exhibits

October 20, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every week until October 27, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts, take your own weather measurements, give your own weather forecast, and immerse yourself in our Storms360 Theater. Continue reading

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Fire Cider for the Winter Months with Laura Ash

October 19, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Fire Cider is a traditional cold remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers makes this recipe especially pleasant and easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days. In this class we will prepare Fire Cider with medicinal foods and local roots to help boost your immune…

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FREE for ALNC Members; $5.50 for Non-members

Wild About Weather Month in the Exhibits

October 19, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every week until October 26, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts, take your own weather measurements, give your own weather forecast, and immerse yourself in our Storms360 Theater. Continue reading

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FREE for ALNC Members; $5.50 for Non-members

Wild About Weather Month in the Exhibits

October 13, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every week until October 27, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts, take your own weather measurements, give your own weather forecast, and immerse yourself in our Storms360 Theater. Continue reading

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FREE for ALNC Members; $5.50 for Non-members

Wild About Weather Month in the Exhibits

October 12, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until October 26, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts, take your own weather measurements, give your own weather forecast, and immerse yourself in our Storms360 Theater. Continue reading

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FREE for ALNC Members; $5.50 for Non-members

Wild About Weather Month in the Exhibits

October 7, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts, take your own weather measurements, give your own weather forecast, and immerse yourself in our Storms360 Theater. Continue reading

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FREE for ALNC Members; $5.50 for Non-members

Wild About Weather Month in the Exhibits

October 6, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until October 27, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts, take your own weather measurements, give your own weather forecast, and immerse yourself in our Storms360 Theater. Continue reading

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FREE for ALNC Members; $5.50 for Non-members

Wild About Weather Month in the Exhibits

October 5, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until October 26, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts, take your own weather measurements, give your own weather forecast, and immerse yourself in our Storms360 Theater. Continue reading

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September 2013
$12/advance; $15/day of event. Members SAVE 10%!!!

Color Me Mad

September 6, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Experience a fusion of music, mad science, art, dance, and glow fun at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center on Friday, September 6 for our second adult event, Color Me Mad, celebrating all things color! Continue reading

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FREE

Monona Founder’s Day Celebration at ALNC

September 1, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the City of Monona with a very special Founder’s Day Celebration! Listen to live music, shop the craft vendors, feast on tasty foods and participate in a variety of FREE activities for all ages!! Hands-on pioneer activities for all ages Live music from local Irish and Americana band The Black Velvet Native American drummers Chainsaw carving demonstrations by GET Carving (1:30 & 3:30pm) Try your hand throwing pottery on the wheel with Fired Up Pottery…

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August 2013
Free

Global Climate Crisis: Risks & Opportunities for Public Health

August 20, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States

Considering the many pathways through which climate change can adversely affect our health, global climate disruption poses enormous risks to human and societal health. At the same time, interventions to combat climate change by choosing more sustainable energy sources can offer potentially large health dividends and lives saved. These opportunities, along with climate change health risks, will be discussed in this presentation by Dr. Jonathan Patz, Professor & Director of the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison. Continue reading

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$10 or $16 packages available

ALNC’s Night with the Madison Mallards

August 1, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Duck Pond,
2920 N Sherman Ave Madison, WI 53704 United States
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Let’s play ball for ALNC! Join ALNC members and fans for a special game with free nature activities with our staff and more! Continue reading

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June 2013
Tickets are $8.00 per person. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Gio's Garden (http://giosgarden.org/).

3rd Annual Madison Area Pond Tour

June 22, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Watch the experts from The Bruce Company build a pondless water feature at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center the day of the event. Continue reading

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Run Wild in the Woods 2013 – Click below for 2014′s Event Page!

June 22, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Black Earth Campus,
10648 Sutcliffe Rd Black Earth, WI 53515

Come celebrate Summer Solstice with a 10k Run & 5k Run/Walk at ALNC’s beautiful Black Earth Campus. Continue reading

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May 2013
Otter 501: Free; Exhibit Admission is Free for ALNC Members; $5.50/person for Non-Members

Otter 501 Movie Screening and “Wonderful Wildlife” Exhibit Event

May 11, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States

Join us for a FREE movie screening of Otter 501, a documentary telling the remarkable survival story of a young Wisconsin woman visiting California who discovers an orphaned baby otter. The film will be followed by a special Q&A with Otter 501’s human co-star – a Madison local! Continue reading

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April 2013

Aldo Leopold, Phenology and Climate Change

April 24, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States

A public lecture on “Aldo Leopold, Phenology and Climate Change” at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona on April 24 at 6:00PM. Aldo Leopold, UW professor best known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, was a keen observer of the natural world. Continue reading

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February 2013
ALNC Members: $18 Advance or $22.50 Day of Event, Non-Members: $20 Advance or $25 Day of the Event

Full Steam Ahead

February 15, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Calling all dreamers of yesterday, explorers of today, dapper gents and dashing ladies–join us for a steampunk adventure in space! Behold the mystery of possibility and explore an elegant age of adventure that never was at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s Full Steam Ahead event. Continue reading

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