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November 2018
$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Cozy Hidey Homes (MMSD)

November 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Hideaway with us for the day as we learn about where animals go to stay warm, safe, and sound! We will be out exploring ALNC looking for various animals’ homes, playing camouflage games, learning about hibernation, and enjoying a special ‘Rotting Log’ puppet show. Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Gobble Gobble (MGSD & MMSD)

November 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Calling all Jakes and Jennys! Come join us for a very “fowl” morning of fun as we learn all about turkeys. Learn how (and why) they to gobble, explore the habit and habitats of wild turkey, and how to identify turkey scat through fun games, crafts and outdoor explorations. Continue reading

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December 2018
$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Winter Survival (MGSD)

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Winter Survival (MMSD)

December 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Frozen Forts (MGSD & MMSD)

December 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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)

December 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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)

December 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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)

December 31 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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January 20192019
$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Cabin Fever (MMSD)

January 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Shake off some of that cabin fever by heading to Aldo Leopold Nature Center! There are many fun games to play in the cold and snow and we will stay cozy and warm while doing so! Get ready to complete challenges in the great outdoors from obstacle courses to capture the flag. Put your outdoor skills to the test and enjoy these last few months of winter! Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Adventures with Aldo (MMSD)

January 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Did you know that Aldo Leopold’s birthday is in January? Let’s celebrate his birthday by doing some of his favorite activities! We will learn how to observe nature and record what is happening outside. Phenology is a term you will get to learn and use to compare what we see outside here at ALNC with what other people are seeing outside. Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Little Critters (MMSD)

January 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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

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Vacation Day: Adventures with Aldo (MGSD)

January 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Did you know that Aldo Leopold’s birthday is in January? Let’s celebrate his birthday by doing some of his favorite activities! We will learn how to observe nature and record what is happening outside. Phenology is a term you will get to learn and use to compare what we see outside here at ALNC with what other people are seeing outside. Continue reading

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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Clues on Snowshoes (MGSD & MMSD)

January 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Walk like a lynx on snowshoes to track rabbits and other prey! We’ll learn how Wisconsin’s mammals adapt to the harsh winter environment as we learn about the true hibernators like the groundhog, deep sleepers such as the chipmunk and those active all winter long, like the fox! Then we’ll strap on snowshoes to search the trails for signs of wildlife wintering in the woods. If no snow is present, we will hike to observe animal signs on foot. All snowshoes will be provided, however if you have snowshoes, you are welcome to bring your own. Continue reading

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Vacation Day: January Thaw (MMSD)

January 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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It’s time to get out weather tools and check for a mid-winter thaw! We will head out across the nature center to record temperatures, identify clouds, check our wind speeds, and even drill down to measure the ice on our pond. While we enjoy a break in the weather we will check all over for signs of animals waking up from their torpor and put out bird feeders for our winter visitors. Continue reading

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February 2019
$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: 6 More Weeks! (MMSD)

February 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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From woolly bear caterpillars to groundhogs, animals have been used for a long time as predictors of the weather. We will learn about some of these animals and what they predict, along with some of their unique adaptations. Come learn and explore with us during these last weeks of winter! Continue reading

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Vacation Day: 6 More Weeks! (MGSD)

February 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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From woolly bear caterpillars to groundhogs, animals have been used for a long time as predictors of the weather. We will learn about some of these animals and what they predict, along with some of their unique adaptations. Come learn and explore with us during these last weeks of winter! Continue reading

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