We love visitors at Aldo Leopold Nature Center!
Visit us seven days a week to connect with nature and exercise your senses in our oak savanna, wetland, prairie, and woodland ecosystems nestled in the heart of beautiful Monona! Located on Femrite Drive, between Monona Drive and Copps Ave, and nestled between Woodland Park and Edna Taylor Conservancy – we are your neighborhood nature center and invite you to come, explore the magic and wonder of the natural world, located in your own backyard.
Hike and explore our award-winning interpretive prairie, pond and woodland trails with our self-guided hikes and Digital Docent: Climate Change Impacts walking tour, free and open daily from dawn until dusk. Stop inside to find information on our Scavenger Hunts or check out a backpack to participate in our Family Trailside Backpack Program.
Visit our Children’s shack to discover a 3/4 size replica of Aldo Leopold’s Shack - the shack in which he and his family spent many weekends observing and recording the natural world along the Wisconsin River in Sauk county. Not fully staffed, the Children’s shack is open for special events and programming with tours available upon request.
Connect your local observations to global phenomena in our interactive Exhibit Area! Visit our Science on a Sphere for a high definition display of real-life NOAA and NASA planetary data projected on a six-foot, suspended sphere. Step into our state-of-the-art Immersion Theatre for an experience you won’t find anywhere else in the country – fly to the edges of the galaxy to gain a new perspective of our planet, the Blue Marble, then shrink to the size of a water molecule and experience life as a drop of water traveling through the water cycle.
Explore our indoor Nature Nooks! Designed for the littlest adventurers to engage with prairie, pond and woodland habitats and even learn a bit about Aldo Leopold! Your young child will have hours of fun playing and discovering in our indoor ecosystems with our Catch & Release Fishing stage, Prairie Plant Sensory table and Tree Hollow and Woodland Animal puppets.
Interested in Green Building? Learn about sustainability with our green features including solar energy, water efficiency and sustainable siting.
ALNC is proud to be a part of Nature Net’s Nature Passport program! Get started by picking up this self-guided family program at ALNC or one of the other Nature Net sites throughout South-Central Wisconsin. Discover new places and take your adventures on the road!
The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) is dedicated to remaining accessible to the community and general public while making every effort to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for our students, visitors, and staff. For more information on how we are expanding access, please see our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEAs) Policy Initiative. All staff, volunteers, visitors and members of the public shall maintain reasonable personal conduct and decorum while on the premises. Please see our Personal Conduct Policy for more information.
In addition, in keeping with the ALNC’s interest in the environment and human health, we have a smoke-free campus policy, in order to protect this environmental habitat and prevent exposure of this educational facility, its occupants, and visitors to environmental tobacco smoke. There shall be no smoking or use of other tobacco products while on premises either owned, rented by, or under the control of ALNC. This includes, but is not limited to, ALNC’s campuses, facilities, and grounds. Members of the public, including visitors, rental groups, student groups and teachers, and any ALNC staff who accompany them, shall not use tobacco products while on ALNC property or engaged in any ALNC-sponsored activity.
Interested in taking your family, engagement, graduation, prom, or senior photos at ALNC? Please see our Photography Guidelines and submit a Photography Permit. Fees go towards maintaining ALNC’s facility & grounds.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
330 Femrite Drive,
Monona, WI 53716
- Take the South Beltline (Hwy 12-18) to Monona Drive. Exit North and continue past the Monona Drive/Broadway Street intersection.
- Turn East on Femrite Drive and pull into the driveway after the Monona Meadows sign on the North side of the street. There is a sign for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Monona’s Woodland Park.
- Follow the driveway up the hill; the Nature Center is located just south of the main parking lot. All buses must park in the first parking lot. For schools, this is also where students will greet the Naturalists.