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January 2018
$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Thurs AM)

January 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Hear ye! Hear ye! Owls are back and they are better than ever! You’ve got to be brave to learn all about these night-time birds. Put your best hoot forward and come join us today. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Wed AM)

January 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Hear ye! Hear ye! Owls are back and they are better than ever! You’ve got to be brave to learn all about these night-time birds. Put your best hoot forward and come join us today. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Tues PM)

January 16 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Hear ye! Hear ye! Owls are back and they are better than ever! You’ve got to be brave to learn all about these night-time birds. Put your best hoot forward and come join us today. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Team Building

January 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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All of us work on teams in some part of our lives. Families, sports leagues, music groups, and other clubs or groups are all forms of teams: people working together to accomplish a shared goal. But are you a “team player?” We’ll provide challenges where the group must work together to succeed. From crossing the “Chocolate River” to a group walk on “skis,” we’ll identify and discuss the positive characteristics of teams. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Tues AM)

January 16 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Hear ye! Hear ye! Owls are back and they are better than ever! You’ve got to be brave to learn all about these night-time birds. Put your best hoot forward and come join us today. Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Under the Snow and Ice

January 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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When snow falls, we love to sled and skate. But at the end of the day, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests, prairie and pond? We’ll investigate and explore the world under the ice and snow and even measure the thickness of the ice on the pond and see what lies beneath! Students will learn the science behind fur and insulation and why it’s so important for surviving the winter. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Fri AM)

January 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Winter is a good time for napping if you’re a black bear. Cub and find out something surprising! No bear bones about it- this day will be den-tastic! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Thurs AM)

January 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Winter is a good time for napping if you’re a black bear. Cub and find out something surprising! No bear bones about it- this day will be den-tastic! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Wed AM)

January 10 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Winter is a good time for napping if you’re a black bear. Cub and find out something surprising! No bear bones about it- this day will be den-tastic! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Tues PM)

January 9 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Winter is a good time for napping if you’re a black bear. Cub and find out something surprising! No bear bones about it- this day will be den-tastic! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Under the Snow and Ice

January 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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When snow falls, we love to sled and skate. But at the end of the day, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests, prairie and pond? We’ll investigate and explore the world under the ice and snow and even measure the thickness of the ice on the pond and see what lies beneath! Students will learn the science behind fur and insulation and why it’s so important for surviving the winter.

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Tues AM)

January 9 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Winter is a good time for napping if you’re a black bear. Cub and find out something surprising! No bear bones about it- this day will be den-tastic! Continue reading

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Free

Family Public Program: Saturday Science – Aldo Leopold Day

January 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery,
330 N. Orchard St. Madison, 53715 United States
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Celebrate Wisconsin’s legendary naturalist and his legacy of environmentalism and conservation! Identify and investigate mammals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians; read animal tracks and tree rings; make your own nature journal; build instruments to measure the wind and weather; and more! Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Clues on Snowshoes

January 2 @ 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.
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December 20172017
$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Winter Olympics – Monona

December 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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!
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Wonderful Winter Science

December 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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!
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Winter Survival

December 27, 2017 @ 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, creating a makeshift shelter, and cooking a snack over our survival fire.
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Owl Moon

December 26, 2017 @ 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!
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Free

Bird and Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area

December 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

December 22, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Wisconsin Winter Living Long Ago

December 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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!
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

December 21, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

December 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

December 19, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Snowshoeing Basics

December 19, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

December 19, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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This event is free!

Public Program: Candlelit Snowshoe Hike

December 16, 2017 @ 4:30 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, 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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ALNC members: $6/person; Non-members: $10/person. Children 3 and under are free.

Family Public Program: Winter Solstice Celebration

December 15, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Fri AM)

December 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Thurs AM)

December 14, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Wed AM)

December 13, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Tues PM)

December 12, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Astronomy 101

December 12, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Tues AM)

December 12, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Fri AM)

December 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Little Critters

December 8, 2017 @ 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.
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Thurs AM)

December 7, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Wed AM)

December 6, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Tues PM)

December 5, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Beyond the Naked Eye

December 5, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Tues AM)

December 5, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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 5, 2017
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Every day until December 31, 2017
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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 solar power with our real-time energy dashboard, understand why it’s so dark this time of year, and learn all about our main star and how it sustains life on Earth. NASA Solarium — SPECIAL Immersion Theater FEATURE! Experience the Sun as…

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2017 Holiday Bazaar

December 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

December 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Little Critters

December 1, 2017 @ 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.
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November 2017
$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

November 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

November 29, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Nuts to You (Tues PM)

November 28, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: All About Birds

November 28, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

November 28, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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#GivingTuesday

November 28, 2017
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Celebrate #GivingTuesday with us and help us create equitable access for ALL children at ALNC! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Gobble Gobble (Wed AM)

November 22, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Did you know turkeys roost in trees? Want to know more? Just ask please! Come find out a thing or two- about a wild birdie before you chew. Come gobble up the fun! Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Weird Science

November 22, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Gobble Gobble (Tues PM)

November 21, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Did you know turkeys roost in trees? Want to know more? Just ask please! Come find out a thing or two- about a wild birdie before you chew. Come gobble up the fun! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: The Bear Essentials

November 21, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Gobble Gobble (Tues AM)

November 21, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Did you know turkeys roost in trees? Want to know more? Just ask please! Come find out a thing or two- about a wild birdie before you chew. Come gobble up the fun! Continue reading

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Land Steward Work Day

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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 of every month to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leader of the Pack (Fri AM)

November 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Coyotes are wiley. Coyotes are fun. Come learn about these “barking dogs” until the day is done. We’ll play games and craft, sing songs that are daft. You’ll be howling with delight! Today and later at night! Continue reading

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$40/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Tree-Mendous!

November 16, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leader of the Pack (Thurs AM)

November 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Coyotes are wiley. Coyotes are fun. Come learn about these “barking dogs” until the day is done. We’ll play games and craft, sing songs that are daft. You’ll be howling with delight! Today and later at night! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leader of the Pack (Wed AM)

November 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Coyotes are wiley. Coyotes are fun. Come learn about these “barking dogs” until the day is done. We’ll play games and craft, sing songs that are daft. You’ll be howling with delight! Today and later at night! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leader of the Pack (Tues PM)

November 14, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Coyotes are wiley. Coyotes are fun. Come learn about these “barking dogs” until the day is done. We’ll play games and craft, sing songs that are daft. You’ll be howling with delight! Today and later at night! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Autumn Adaptations

November 14, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leader of the Pack (Tues AM)

November 14, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Coyotes are wiley. Coyotes are fun. Come learn about these “barking dogs” until the day is done. We’ll play games and craft, sing songs that are daft. You’ll be howling with delight! Today and later at night! Continue reading

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$40/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Operation Migration

November 10, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: By the Light of the… (Fri AM)

November 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…Beaver Moon. Furs and trapping. Don’t get caught napping. Singing, playing. Are the traders paying? Fun while learning. Today will keep you yearning! For all things beaver and more! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: By the Light of the… (Thurs AM)

November 9, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…Beaver Moon. Furs and trapping. Don’t get caught napping. Singing, playing. Are the traders paying? Fun while learning. Today will keep you yearning! For all things beaver and more! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: By the Light of the… (Wed AM)

November 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…Beaver Moon. Furs and trapping. Don’t get caught napping. Singing, playing. Are the traders paying? Fun while learning. Today will keep you yearning! For all things beaver and more! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: By the Light of the… (Tues PM)

November 7, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…Beaver Moon. Furs and trapping. Don’t get caught napping. Singing, playing. Are the traders paying? Fun while learning. Today will keep you yearning! For all things beaver and more! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Trees and Seeds

November 7, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: By the Light of the… (Tues AM)

November 7, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…Beaver Moon. Furs and trapping. Don’t get caught napping. Singing, playing. Are the traders paying? Fun while learning. Today will keep you yearning! For all things beaver and more! Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Edna Taylor Adventure

November 6, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Over My Corn (Fri AM)

November 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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The moon at night is big and bright. Deep in the heart of nature! At harvest time it likes to shine. Deep in the heart of nature! Get ready to reap the fun and gather the facts about this delicious time of year! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Over My Corn (Thurs AM)

November 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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The moon at night is big and bright. Deep in the heart of nature! At harvest time it likes to shine. Deep in the heart of nature! Get ready to reap the fun and gather the facts about this delicious time of year! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Over My Corn (Wed AM)

November 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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The moon at night is big and bright. Deep in the heart of nature! At harvest time it likes to shine. Deep in the heart of nature! Get ready to reap the fun and gather the facts about this delicious time of year! Continue reading

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November 2017: Blue Marble

November 1, 2017
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until November 30, 2017
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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For millennia, humans have stood on our planet, gazed outwards, and pondered the seemingly endless resources and vast diversity that cover our globe. This month, take a giant step forward to look back down at our planet. Heading out into Space to view Earth from this uniquely modern perspective, we are reminded that we live on a fragile blue marble alone in the vast darkness of our Universe – it’s all we have, and we’re in this together! Visit during…

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October 2017
$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Over My Corn (Tues PM)

October 31, 2017 @ 1:10 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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The moon at night is big and bright. Deep in the heart of nature! At harvest time it likes to shine. Deep in the heart of nature! Get ready to reap the fun and gather the facts about this delicious time of year! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Bats…Bug Busters!

October 31, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Over My Corn (Tues AM)

October 31, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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The moon at night is big and bright. Deep in the heart of nature! At harvest time it likes to shine. Deep in the heart of nature! Get ready to reap the fun and gather the facts about this delicious time of year! Continue reading

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FREE

Family Public Program – Fall Fest

October 27, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Celebrate the “creatures of the night” and join us for a special night full of “spooktacular” activities indoors and out for your whole family! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leaf Man (Fri AM)

October 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Leaves and art, oh my! What shapes will we see as the leaves blow by? Mix and match, sort and glue, we love fall—how about you? Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Apple Science

October 27, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leaf Man (Thurs AM)

October 26, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Leaves and art, oh my! What shapes will we see as the leaves blow by? Mix and match, sort and glue, we love fall—how about you? Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leaf Man (Wed AM)

October 25, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Leaves and art, oh my! What shapes will we see as the leaves blow by? Mix and match, sort and glue, we love fall—how about you? Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leaf Man (Tues PM)

October 24, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Leaves and art, oh my! What shapes will we see as the leaves blow by? Mix and match, sort and glue, we love fall—how about you? Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Apple Science

October 24, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leaf Man (Tues AM)

October 24, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Leaves and art, oh my! What shapes will we see as the leaves blow by? Mix and match, sort and glue, we love fall—how about you? Continue reading

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Land Steward Work Day

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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 of every month to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: What Goes Up… (Fri AM)

October 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…Must come down. There is much to see up in the forest canopy. Explore this hands-down truly exciting forest habitat. We’ll play games and explore down below until the fun comes up! You won’t want to leaf it for later. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: What Goes Up… (Thurs AM)

October 19, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…Must come down. There is much to see up in the forest canopy. Explore this hands-down truly exciting forest habitat. We’ll play games and explore down below until the fun comes up! You won’t want to leaf it for later. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: What Goes Up… (Wed AM)

October 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…Must come down. There is much to see up in the forest canopy. Explore this hands-down truly exciting forest habitat. We’ll play games and explore down below until the fun comes up! You won’t want to leaf it for later. Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Show Me the Honey!

October 18, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: What Goes Up… (Tues PM)

October 17, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…Must come down. There is much to see up in the forest canopy. Explore this hands-down truly exciting forest habitat. We’ll play games and explore down below until the fun comes up! You won’t want to leaf it for later. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Crazy About Climate!

October 17, 2017 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: What Goes Up… (Tues AM)

October 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…Must come down. There is much to see up in the forest canopy. Explore this hands-down truly exciting forest habitat. We’ll play games and explore down below until the fun comes up! You won’t want to leaf it for later. Continue reading

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Free

FAMILY EVENT: Fall Family Fun

October 14, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
DreamBank,
One North Pinckney Madison, WI 53703 United States
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Celebrate and explore autumn with DreamBank and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center! We’ll be hosting a variety of fall-related activities including leaf identification, leaf rubbings, and an exercise where we’ll explore how animals prepare for winter. Be sure to bring your curiosity and love for the great outdoors!
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Tails at Night (Fri AM)

October 13, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Opossum tails aren’t tall but they sure are good for hanging. Learn all about this shy night-loving animal and have fun hanging around. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Tails at Night (Thurs AM)

October 12, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Opossum tails aren’t tall but they sure are good for hanging. Learn all about this shy night-loving animal and have fun hanging around. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Tails at Night (Wed AM)

October 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Opossum tails aren’t tall but they sure are good for hanging. Learn all about this shy night-loving animal and have fun hanging around. Continue reading

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