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

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Land Ho! (Wed AM)

April 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Oceans may be far from land-locked Wisconsin, but the wonders are ever so close. Splash into a fascinating, briny world. You’ll sea and learn amazing things!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Land Ho! (Tues PM)

April 17 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Oceans may be far from land-locked Wisconsin, but the wonders are ever so close. Splash into a fascinating, briny world. You’ll sea and learn amazing things!
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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Using All the Senses

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Spring is a time to use all our senses! See beautiful spring wildflowers, smell much from the pond and sniff garlic mustard as we pull, hear migrating birds and frog choruses, feel the different textures of nature and explore all things spring with our senses! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Land Ho! (Tues AM)

April 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Oceans may be far from land-locked Wisconsin, but the wonders are ever so close. Splash into a fascinating, briny world. You’ll sea and learn amazing things!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Blue Jays, Okay (Fri AM)

April 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Make way for games and don’t delay. Say ki-ki-ki and come and play. We’ll provide the crafts, activities and singing too. The crest is up to you!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Blue Jays, Okay (Thurs AM)

April 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Make way for games and don’t delay. Say ki-ki-ki and come and play. We’ll provide the crafts, activities and singing too. The crest is up to you!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Blue Jays, Okay (Wed AM)

April 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Make way for games and don’t delay. Say ki-ki-ki and come and play. We’ll provide the crafts, activities and singing too. The crest is up to you!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Blue Jays, Okay (Tues PM)

April 10 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Make way for games and don’t delay. Say ki-ki-ki and come and play. We’ll provide the crafts, activities and singing too. The crest is up to you!
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Homeschool Program: Edna Taylor Discovery Day

April 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Adjacent to the Nature Center is the City of Madison’s Edna Taylor Conservation Park. Rich with wetland habitats, Edna Taylor is a wonderful place to observe the spring migrations of birds, including Mallard ducks, Blue-winged teals, and Sandhill cranes! We’ll also visit an oak savanna and an Effigy Mound during this afternoon of discovery. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Blue Jays, Okay (Tues AM)

April 10 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Crows are known for their loud noises, but did you know that these birds can also talk and coo? These social birds are very smart, but just not quite as smart as you!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Take Flight at Night (Fri AM)

April 6 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Bring your night vision goggles and join us for a dark tale of the critters that move around at night. Don’t be caught sleeping through all the games and fun. Spread your wings and fly on over!
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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Attack of the Bloodsuckers

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Leeches, mosquitoes, ticks and other parasites…there’s just something creepy about an animal that sucks your blood! Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem, what makes them “tick” and how to stop them from sucking YOUR blood! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Take Flight at Night (Thurs AM)

April 5 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Bring your night vision goggles and join us for a dark tale of the critters that move around at night. Don’t be caught sleeping through all the games and fun. Spread your wings and fly on over!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Take Flight at Night (Wed AM)

April 4 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Bring your night vision goggles and join us for a dark tale of the critters that move around at night. Don’t be caught sleeping through all the games and fun. Spread your wings and fly on over!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Take Flight at Night (Tues PM)

April 3 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Bring your night vision goggles and join us for a dark tale of the critters that move around at night. Don’t be caught sleeping through all the games and fun. Spread your wings and fly on over!
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Homeschool Program: Great Egg-spectations

April 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Legend has it that every spring a rabbit would visit children’s homes during the night and leave a woven nest with an egg in it as a sign that spring had arrived. Join us to hear this wonderful story and adorn your own spring basket just as the animals do by using materials from the land. Learn to dye eggs naturally with leaves, grasses, and other gifts of nature to mimic the variety of colorful eggs made by our wild critters! Eggs and other materials will be provided. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Take Flight at Night (Tues AM)

April 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

Bring your night vision goggles and join us for a dark tale of the critters that move around at night. Don’t be caught sleeping through all the games and fun. Spread your wings and fly on over!
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March 2018
ALNC Members: $6/person; Non-members: $10/person

The Great Egg Hunt and Spring Spectacular

March 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Legend has it that every spring a rabbit would visit children’s homes during the night and leave a woven nest with an egg in it as a sign that spring had arrived. Go on an egg hunt to search for real eggs throughout the ALNC grounds, learn how to use natural dyes, visit with some spring animals, and learn all about other animals that lay eggs, and much, much more! Hop on over to ALNC to celebrate all things spring! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: World Wide Web (Fri AM)

March 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’re not talking about the internet! Discover the kings of the food chain mountain while playing games and exploring outside. Your eyes will be wide open!
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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Spring Fling!

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Celebrate the return of spring! We will search for signs of spring while having a spring scavenger hunt to celebrate the re-awakening of the earth after a long winter. Make a mud painting, plant a seed, search for spring animals and make your own bird nest! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: World Wide Web (Thurs AM)

March 29 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’re not talking about the internet! Discover the kings of the food chain mountain while playing games and exploring outside. Your eyes will be wide open!
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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Arti-facts!

March 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Have you ever been on a treasure hunt? Imagine finding something that has been buried for over a thousand years! Join us on an archaeology adventure as we learn about what can be found underground. We will use digging tools to find artifacts and learn how scientists use artifacts to determine what life was like a long time ago. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: World Wide Web (Wed AM)

March 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’re not talking about the internet! Discover the kings of the food chain mountain while playing games and exploring outside. Your eyes will be wide open!
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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Knock, Knock?

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Who’s there?! It’s Pileated, Downy, Red-headed and Hairy—all the woodpeckers that live near our prairie! What are flickers flicking, and do sapsuckers really suck sap? We will pile on the pileateds, peek at some beaks, and get the downy lowdown as we search for signs of spring and learn about these birds and their feathered friends! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: World Wide Web (Tues PM)

March 27 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’re not talking about the internet! Discover the kings of the food chain mountain while playing games and exploring outside. Your eyes will be wide open!
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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: From the Ashes

March 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Fire is a great management tool for prairies and other habitats. In addition to helping prevent the spread of invasive species, controlled burns also help to improve habitat for wildlife and stimulate the growth of new plants. We’ll get to see how prairies are burned and have a chance to see the tools that professionals use when they conduct controlled burns. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: World Wide Web (Tues AM)

March 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’re not talking about the internet! Discover the kings of the food chain mountain while playing games and exploring outside. Your eyes will be wide open!
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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Camouflage Craze

March 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Have you ever played hide and seek with animals? This game is fun for us, but for animals it’s a matter of survival! Learn all about the crazy things insects and animals of all kinds do to disguise themselves! Join us for a camouflage adventure! Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Hare Ye, Hare Ye!

March 26 @ 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 hares are born with hair, but rabbits are not?! In this hare-raising adventure, we’ll learn all about Wisconsin’s rabbits and hares. Hop like a hare, learn to escape predators, search for signs and put your senses to the test. We hare you to not have fun today! Continue reading

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Family Public Program: Maple Syrup Fest

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Maple Syrup Fest is a free and family-friendly event that features stations set throughout the nature center grounds to lead visitors, at their own pace, through the history and science of maple syruping and related activities. Visitors will see demonstrations of various methods by which Native Americans, pioneers, and people today tap trees for the production of maple syrup and sugar. It’s a sweet way to kick off Spring! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Whatever the Weather (Fri AM)

March 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’ll weather the weather, whether we like it or not. Spring can be hot or cold so who knows what will be blooming or roaming or “popping up”. This week we’ll discover what’s “hot” on the grounds. So don’t be left in the cold – come on down!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Whatever the Weather (Thurs AM)

March 22 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’ll weather the weather, whether we like it or not. Spring can be hot or cold so who knows what will be blooming or roaming or “popping up”. This week we’ll discover what’s “hot” on the grounds. So don’t be left in the cold – come on down!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Whatever the Weather (Wed AM)

March 21 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’ll weather the weather, whether we like it or not. Spring can be hot or cold so who knows what will be blooming or roaming or “popping up”. This week we’ll discover what’s “hot” on the grounds. So don’t be left in the cold – come on down!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Whatever the Weather (Tues PM)

March 20 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’ll weather the weather, whether we like it or not. Spring can be hot or cold so who knows what will be blooming or roaming or “popping up”. This week we’ll discover what’s “hot” on the grounds. So don’t be left in the cold – come on down!
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Homeschool Program: Beaver Ecology

March 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Beavers are fascinating creatures! Join us to learn the history of beavers from the fur trade to today. We’ll learn all about beavers and their behavior—from kits to castor, it’ll be an afternoon you “wood”n’t want to miss! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Whatever the Weather (Tues AM)

March 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

We’ll weather the weather, whether we like it or not. Spring can be hot or cold so who knows what will be blooming or roaming or “popping up”. This week we’ll discover what’s “hot” on the grounds. So don’t be left in the cold – come on down!
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Author Talk: ‘Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land’

March 18 @ 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 @ 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
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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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Raccoon Platoon (Fri AM)

March 16 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Ring your friends and head on over. You won’t be able to mask your enjoyment of the bushy-tailed bandit antics. Games, songs, and hiking will wash you over with excitement!

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Vacation Day: Sweet Home Wisconsin

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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What makes Wisconsin so sweet? Come join us for a sweet day of learning and adventures as we learn about maple syruping. Learn the whens, hows and whys of maple syruping and turn sap into syrup! Join us as we celebrate the seasons and nature, Wisconsin style! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Raccoon Platoon (Thurs AM)

March 15 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Ring your friends and head on over. You won’t be able to mask your enjoyment of the bushy-tailed bandit antics. Games, songs, and hiking will wash you over with excitement!

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Raccoon Platoon (Wed AM)

March 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Ring your friends and head on over. You won’t be able to mask your enjoyment of the bushy-tailed bandit antics. Games, songs, and hiking will wash you over with excitement!

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Raccoon Platoon (Tues PM)

March 13 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Ring your friends and head on over. You won’t be able to mask your enjoyment of the bushy-tailed bandit antics. Games, songs, and hiking will wash you over with excitement!

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Maple Syruping

March 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Learn how to make sweet maple syrup by tapping maple trees in the “sugar bush!” Taste maple sap before and after boiling, and learn how different cultures used this sweet resource. Students will tap trees, collect sap, and learn which trees make the best syrup. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Raccoon Platoon (Tues AM)

March 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Ring your friends and head on over. You won’t be able to mask your enjoyment of the bushy-tailed bandit antics. Games, songs, and hiking will wash you over with excitement!

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Dark-Eyed Snowbirds (Fri AM)

March 9 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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There is a bird who likes to fly to Wisconsin for the winter. J-U-N-C-O, and Junco is their name-o. They aren’t bothered by the snow and cold and we shouldn’t be either! Let’s enjoy and learn about these backyard birdies before they fly north in the spring!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Dark-Eyed Snowbirds (Thurs AM)

March 8 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

There is a bird who likes to fly to Wisconsin for the winter. J-U-N-C-O, and Junco is their name-o. They aren’t bothered by the snow and cold and we shouldn’t be either! Let’s enjoy and learn about these backyard birdies before they fly north in the spring!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Dark-Eyed Snowbirds (Wed AM)

March 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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There is a bird who likes to fly to Wisconsin for the winter. J-U-N-C-O, and Junco is their name-o. They aren’t bothered by the snow and cold and we shouldn’t be either! Let’s enjoy and learn about these backyard birdies before they fly north in the spring!
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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Dark-Eyed Snowbirds (Tues PM)

March 6 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

There is a bird who likes to fly to Wisconsin for the winter. J-U-N-C-O, and Junco is their name-o. They aren’t bothered by the snow and cold and we shouldn’t be either! Let’s enjoy and learn about these backyard birdies before they fly north in the spring!
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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Animal Magnetism

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Magnets are in use all around us, from your refrigerator door to doctor’s offices! Did you know the earth is one giant magnet, and that for centuries people and animals have used the north and south poles for navigation? We’ll learn how magnets work, which stones are naturally magnetic, and how to construct a simple magnet in this “attractive” investigation!

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Dark-Eyed Snowbirds (Tues AM)

March 6 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
+ Google Map

There is a bird who likes to fly to Wisconsin for the winter. J-U-N-C-O, and Junco is their name-o. They aren’t bothered by the snow and cold and we shouldn’t be either! Let’s enjoy and learn about these backyard birdies before they fly north in the spring!
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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Wacky Weather

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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As March begins, weather can be very calm (like a lamb) or it can be strong (like a lion), so it’s the perfect time to delve into learning about Wisconsin’s wacky weather. Join us as we record the daily weather conditions and learn what drives our weather. We’ll model how weather works by making clouds and tornadoes, study and enjoy the wind and sky, and explore the forces behind severe weather, like hurricanes and tsunamis and play some wacky weather games. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Those Prickly Pines (Fri AM)

March 2 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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What is as tall as a house and green all year round? Why pine trees of course! Count needles, smell the bark, hug the trunk, and learn all about these evergreen trees!

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Those Prickly Pines (Thurs AM)

March 1 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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What is as tall as a house and green all year round? Why pine trees of course! Count needles, smell the bark, hug the trunk, and learn all about these evergreen trees!

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

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Those Prickly Pines (Wed AM)

February 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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What is as tall as a house and green all year round? Why pine trees of course! Count needles, smell the bark, hug the trunk, and learn all about these evergreen trees!

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Those Prickly Pines (Tues PM)

February 27 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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What is as tall as a house and green all year round? Why pine trees of course! Count needles, smell the bark, hug the trunk, and learn all about these evergreen trees!

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: The Eyes Have It

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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How do our eyes work? See a model eye up close and experience how animals see the world with specialized glasses. Discover how eye placement influences hunting for predators and hiding for prey. We’ll even explore some optical illusions! Find out if “seeing is believing” in this eye-opening program!

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Those Prickly Pines (Tues AM)

February 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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What is as tall as a house and green all year round? Why pine trees of course! Count needles, smell the bark, hug the trunk, and learn all about these evergreen trees!

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$125/Person or $1000/Table of Eight

Brainiac Bowl 2018

February 24 @ 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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Free

DreamBank: Maple Syruping 101

February 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
DreamBank,
One North Pinckney Madison, WI 53703 United States
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We’re teaming up with DreamBank to celebrate this Wisconsin tradition! Join us for Maple Syruping 101. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Me and My Shadow (Fri AM)

February 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Wood you believe that the groundhog is chuck full of surprises? Wood you come down for songs, crafts, and a chuck-load of fun? I hope to see your shadow while we learn about all things groundhog.
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Me and My Shadow (Thurs AM)

February 22 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Wood you believe that the groundhog is chuck full of surprises? Wood you come down for songs, crafts, and a chuck-load of fun? I hope to see your shadow while we learn about all things groundhog.
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Me and My Shadow (Wed AM)

February 21 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Wood you believe that the groundhog is chuck full of surprises? Wood you come down for songs, crafts, and a chuck-load of fun? I hope to see your shadow while we learn about all things groundhog.
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Me and My Shadow (Tues PM)

February 20 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Wood you believe that the groundhog is chuck full of surprises? Wood you come down for songs, crafts, and a chuck-load of fun? I hope to see your shadow while we learn about all things groundhog.
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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Standing Tall

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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In the middle of winter, it must be hard to be a tree. Covered in snow, blown by strong winter winds and withstanding cold temperatures. We’ll learn how trees survive in winter, what dangers trees face in winter and how to identify leafless trees.

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Me and My Shadow (Tues AM)

February 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Wood you believe that the groundhog is chuck full of surprises? Wood you come down for songs, crafts, and a chuck-load of fun? I hope to see your shadow while we learn about all things groundhog.
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Great Backyard Bird Count at ALNC!

February 19 @ 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, a citizen science project that monitors bird populations. Each checklist submitted helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. In addition to collect 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Rope (Fri AM)

February 16 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Another adventure retold by Lois Ehlert awaits you today. Get ready to dig the games and join mole and fox on an out-of-this-world adventure! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Rope (Thurs AM)

February 15 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Another adventure retold by Lois Ehlert awaits you today. Get ready to dig the games and join mole and fox on an out-of-this-world adventure! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Rope (Wed AM)

February 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Another adventure retold by Lois Ehlert awaits you today. Get ready to dig the games and join mole and fox on an out-of-this-world adventure! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Rope (Tues PM)

February 13 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Another adventure retold by Lois Ehlert awaits you today. Get ready to dig the games and join mole and fox on an out-of-this-world adventure! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Glaciers: Part II – Present and Future

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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The frozen fun continues for another week! After learning about glaciers of the past, we’ll spend this week learning about glaciers today and how they are changing! We’ll even meet a glaciologist who will share her experiences researching in the Antarctic!

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Rope (Tues AM)

February 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Another adventure retold by Lois Ehlert awaits you today. Get ready to dig the games and join mole and fox on an out-of-this-world adventure! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mice on Ice (Fri AM)

February 9 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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For birds of prey this is a delicacy in the winter! Explore the predatory world of raptors in winter. Songs and games are sure to keep you roasty toasty. Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Cabin Fever

February 9 @ 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 snowshoe races 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mice on Ice (Thurs AM)

February 8 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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For birds of prey this is a delicacy in the winter! Explore the predatory world of raptors in winter. Songs and games are sure to keep you roasty toasty. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mice on Ice (Wed AM)

February 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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For birds of prey this is a delicacy in the winter! Explore the predatory world of raptors in winter. Songs and games are sure to keep you roasty toasty. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mice on Ice (Tues PM)

February 6 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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For birds of prey this is a delicacy in the winter! Explore the predatory world of raptors in winter. Songs and games are sure to keep you roasty toasty. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Glaciers: Part I – Shaping Wisconsin’s Past

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Learn about the glaciers that formed the landscape of Wisconsin and what formations they made along the way. We’ll hike up a drumlin, learn about kettles, kames, eskers and moraines!

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mice on Ice (Tues AM)

February 6 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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For birds of prey this is a delicacy in the winter! Explore the predatory world of raptors in winter. Songs and games are sure to keep you roasty toasty. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Fri AM)

February 2 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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One, two, three- make some snowballs for me! We will read the story by Lois Ehlert and make our own creations indoors and out. Don’t melt at home- come build with us today! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Thurs AM)

February 1 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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One, two, three- make some snowballs for me! We will read the story by Lois Ehlert and make our own creations indoors and out. Don’t melt at home- come build with us today! Continue reading

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

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Wed AM)

January 31 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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One, two, three- make some snowballs for me! We will read the story by Lois Ehlert and make our own creations indoors and out. Don’t melt at home- come build with us today! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Tues PM)

January 30 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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One, two, three- make some snowballs for me! We will read the story by Lois Ehlert and make our own creations indoors and out. Don’t melt at home- come build with us today! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: May the “Force” Be With You!

January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Machines, from airplanes to tweezers, are at work all around us. Without the help of machines, it would be much harder for people and animals to do work. We’ll explore the six types of machines (ramps, wedges, screws, levers, wheel and axles, and pulleys) and investigate how these machines help us overcome forces like gravity and friction.

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Tues AM)

January 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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One, two, three- make some snowballs for me! We will read the story by Lois Ehlert and make our own creations indoors and out. Don’t melt at home- come build with us today! Continue reading

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Free

Bird & Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park

January 27 @ 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 & 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: Keep on Tracking… (Fri AM)

January 26 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Thurs AM)

January 25 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Wed AM)

January 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Tues PM)

January 23 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Winter Tracking

January 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Winter is a wonderful time to discover animal signs and homes! Through games, a take-home craft project, and an interpretive hike, youth will search for sign of the inhabitants of Wisconsin’s wetlands, prairies, and forests! We will snowshoe to investigate these amazing tracks (snow permitting)!

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Tues AM)

January 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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…While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

January 19 @ 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: Frozen Forts

January 19 @ 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 a snowy structure with space for everyone!
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$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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