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November 2017

November 2017: Blue Marble

November 24
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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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Bird and Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area

November 25 @ 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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#GivingTuesday

November 28
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: Nuts to You (Tues AM)

November 28 @ 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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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: All About Birds

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

November 28 @ 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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$20 Suggested Donation

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

November 28 @ 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 (Wed AM)

November 29 @ 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 (Thurs AM)

November 30 @ 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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December 2017
$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Little Critters

December 1 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

December 1 @ 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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2017 Holiday Bazaar

December 3 @ 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: Winter Webs (Tues AM)

December 5 @ 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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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Beyond the Naked Eye

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Explore objects too big or too small to see with the naked eye! From water molecules to the atmosphere we’ll use microscopes to enlarge small objects and organisms and learn about and build molecules. Then we’ll look past the earth’s surface while spending some time viewing earth from space in Science on A Sphere! We’ll make the far away and extremely small come to life!

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Tues PM)

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

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Wed AM)

December 6 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Thurs AM)

December 7 @ 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 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Webs (Fri AM)

December 8 @ 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: Deer John (Tues AM)

December 12 @ 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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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Astronomy 101

December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join us for an afternoon under the stars as we explore our solar system; including planets, moons and constellations. We’ll get an up close and personal look at these celestial bodies with the Science on a Sphere.
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Tues PM)

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

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Deer John (Wed AM)

December 13 @ 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 @ 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 (Fri AM)

December 15 @ 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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ALNC members: $6/person; Non-members: $10/person. Children 3 and under are free.

Family Public Program: Winter Solstice Celebration

December 15 @ 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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This event is free!

Public Program: Candlelit Snowshoe Hike

December 16 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

December 19 @ 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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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Snowshoeing Basics

December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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See and learn about snowshoe styles from past to present as we learn the science and culture behind this mode of winter travel. Afterwards, we’ll head outside to explore the winter landscape on snowshoes, practice basic skills, and play some games! In the case of no snow, students will still learn about and experience snowshoes, but the hike will be done without snowshoes.
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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

December 20 @ 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 (Thurs AM)

December 21 @ 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 @ 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 (Fri AM)

December 22 @ 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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Bird and Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area

December 23 @ 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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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Owl Moon

December 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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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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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Winter Survival

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

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

December 29 @ 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: Clues on Snowshoes

January 2, 2018 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

Homeschool Program: Under the Snow and Ice

January 9, 2018 @ 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 PM)

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

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

January 10, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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 (Fri AM)

January 12, 2018 @ 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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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Under the Snow and Ice

January 15, 2018 @ 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: Read Owl About It (Tues AM)

January 16, 2018 @ 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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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Team Building

January 16, 2018 @ 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 PM)

January 16, 2018 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

January 17, 2018 @ 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 (Thurs AM)

January 18, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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 (Fri AM)

January 19, 2018 @ 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: Keep on Tracking… (Tues AM)

January 23, 2018 @ 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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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Winter Tracking

January 23, 2018 @ 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 PM)

January 23, 2018 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

January 24, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Fri AM)

January 26, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Tues AM)

January 30, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: May the “Force” Be With You!

January 30, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Tues PM)

January 30, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Wed AM)

January 31, 2018 @ 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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February 2018
$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Thurs AM)

February 1, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Fri AM)

February 2, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mice on Ice (Tues AM)

February 6, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: Glaciers: Part I – Shaping Wisconsin’s Past

February 6, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mice on Ice (Tues PM)

February 6, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mice on Ice (Wed AM)

February 7, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mice on Ice (Thurs AM)

February 8, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mice on Ice (Fri AM)

February 9, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Rope (Tues AM)

February 13, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: Glaciers: Part II – Present and Future

February 13, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Rope (Tues PM)

February 13, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Rope (Wed AM)

February 14, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Rope (Thurs AM)

February 15, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Moon Rope (Fri AM)

February 16, 2018 @ 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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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Great Backyard Bird Count at ALNC!

February 19, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Me and My Shadow (Tues AM)

February 20, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: Standing Tall

February 20, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Me and My Shadow (Tues PM)

February 20, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Me and My Shadow (Wed AM)

February 21, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Me and My Shadow (Thurs AM)

February 22, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Me and My Shadow (Fri AM)

February 23, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Those Prickly Pines (Tues AM)

February 27, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: The Eyes Have It

February 27, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Those Prickly Pines (Tues PM)

February 27, 2018 @ 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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Those Prickly Pines (Wed AM)

February 28, 2018 @ 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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March 2018
$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

March 1, 2018 @ 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 (Fri AM)

March 2, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: Animal Magnetism

March 6, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: Maple Syruping

March 13, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: Beaver Ecology

March 20, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: From the Ashes

March 27, 2018 @ 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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April 2018
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Homeschool Program: Great Egg-spectations

April 3, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: Edna Taylor Discovery Day

April 10, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: Using All the Senses

April 17, 2018 @ 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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Homeschool Program: ExTREEme Celebration!

April 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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In honor of Arbor Day (April 24) and Earth Day (April 22), we’ll celebrate how trees help people, animals and our environment. We’ll help our Kindergarten Woods by pulling the invading garlic mustard. Then we’ll learn about restoration efforts and help the land by planting some native plants or trees. Enjoy giving back to the earth in this “exTREEme” celebration! Continue reading

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