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September 2017
$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Rocks & Minerals

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Ever wonder where minerals come from or how rocks are made? We will observe, discover and learn about the 3 types of rocks and how they each are formed. We’ll even learn how to identify different minerals that make up rocks! Continue reading

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October 2017
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Homeschool Program: Ants & Insect Life

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Work in teams to make an insect “nest” and create scent trails to food and other survival needs! We’ll also communicate like bees (through “dance”) and catch insects on land and in the water to study.
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Homeschool Program: Leaf Factories

October 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Take a tour inside one of nature’s amazing machines – leaves! We’ll learn all about chlorophyll and how photosynthesis works. We’ll then hike to see what colors are appearing on our trees and learn why they change color and fall off in autumn.
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Homeschool Program: Crazy About Climate!

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We will learn all about Wisconsin’s past, present and future climate. Learn the difference between weather and climate, record current weather data, and learn how we can help be a part of the solution.

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Show Me the Honey!

October 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Catch the buzz about bees! This day will be a bee-utiful exploration of all things buzzing and sweet. We’ll learn about bee-havior, how honey is made, make some sweet crafts and maybe even play a game of rug-beeee? All in all, the day won’t be too sha-bee! Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Apple Science

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Come join us for a smorgasbord of science featuring a favorite fall fruit. We’ll dissect an apple, discover how flowers turn to fruit, make apple art and learn about physics and reactions with apple eruptions!

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Apple Science

October 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Apples today keep the no-school blues away! Come join us for a smorgasbord of science featuring a favorite fall fruit. We’ll learn how to use a cider press and make our own cider, explore different types of apples, bake an apple snack, dissect an apple, make apple art and learn about physics and reactions with apple eruptions! Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Bats…Bug Busters!

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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“Bats eat bugs, they don’t eat people!” Learn the David Stokes song and multiple fun facts about bats. We’ll play a game on bat echolocation, learn how mother bats find their young in hibernacula, and one participant will “become” a bat complete with bat adaptations. We’ll also learn how bats are helpful to people and the natural ecosystems they inhabit.

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November 2017
$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Edna Taylor Adventure

November 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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There is so much to do and see on the 60 acres that adjoin ALNC in Edna Taylor Conservation Park! We’ll explore the oak savannas and wetlands, hike the trails, search for animal signs, explore and investigate in the marsh, see and learn about the Native American mounds there and much more! Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Trees and Seeds

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Seeds and trees are both packed full of energy! We’ll start our adventures with a hike to identify trees and plants then we’ll go on a seed scavenger hunt to learn the many ways in which seeds can travel. We’ll also collect and plant prairies seeds, and make a seed ball to take home. Continue reading

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$40/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Operation Migration

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Many animals migrate with the change of seasons and fall is a great time to catch these animals in the act! We’ll learn all about fall migrators, learn how they know how to find their destination and when to leave. We’ll also learn about other animals that hibernate or adapt in other ways to prepare for the upcoming winter. Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Autumn Adaptations

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Fall is a time of change, for people, plants, animals and weather. From beetles to bergamot, learn how different species adapt to the changing seasons and prepare for the long winter ahead.
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Vacation Day: Tree-Mendous!

November 16 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’re going out on a limb and saying this day will be ‘tree bien’! We’ll spend the day learning all about the forest, making tree & leaf art, homemade paper, taking measurements in the ALNC woods, examining how and why leaves change color and so many more tree-mendous topics! Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: The Bear Essentials

November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Bears are extremely intelligent and extremely misunderstood. Students will learn all about the biology, ecology, and natural history of the three bear species in North America. We’ll go on a “bear hike” to practice how to be bear safe in Wisconsin, and we’ll test our senses as compared to a bear’s.
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Vacation Day: Weird Science

November 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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A day of weird and wacky science experiments are coming your way! We’ll learn some basic science principles of science while conducting science experiments, including reactions, volcanic eruptions, and many, many more! Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: All About Birds

November 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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“You always can tell what a bird does eat when you look at its beak and you look at its feet.” Students will learn “how birds make a living” with our hands-on activity. We’ll examine study mounts before exploring the land with binoculars in search of our resident species.

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December 2017
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Homeschool Program: Beyond the Naked Eye

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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!

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Homeschool Program: Astronomy 101

December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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.
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Homeschool Program: Snowshoeing Basics

December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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.
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