About Us

About Us

Monona Campus

ALNC with new 11k sq. ft. additionThe Monona Campus, with its gentle, glaciated patchwork of oak savanna, wetlands, prairies and woodlands provides a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life that surrounds it. Here, visitors are invited to explore local flora and fauna on the nature trails, visit the Children’s Shack, connect their observations to global phenomena in our interactive Climate Science Education Center, and learn about sustainability through our Green Building features.

Visit us! We love visitors at ALNC! Our trails are free and open to the public from dawn until dusk. Our Climate Science Education Center, Nature Nook place space, gift shop, lobby and restrooms are open to the public during all open hours at no cost.

Check out our Visit Us page to discover all of the cool things to do as you plan your next visit!


Our free hiking trails featuring self-guided tours are open daily from dawn until dusk!

The Nature Center building including Visitor Services, our Climate Education Center and Nature Nook exhibits, Gift shop and Lobby space are open:
Monday through Friday: 9am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 2pm

(Closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July Fourth, Thanksgiving and Winter holiday.
Please see our winter weather policy or call for additional closings.)

NEW IN 2018, admission to all of our exhibits and indoor play spaces is FREE!
Visit us seven days a week to connect with nature and learn about our world! As always, our hiking trails remain FREE and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. Check our Calendar of Events to view public events and guided programs.

Interested in EMPOWERING children with the countless benefits of nature?
Click here for information on becoming an ALNC Member!



The Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s public Monona campus is a fully accessible building. Our exterior deck provides a great viewing area of our grounds, and many of our trails are fairly accessible as well — dependent on the season, weather, and conditions. An accessible paved interpretive path connects our bus parking lot to the building. Many of the unpaved trails closest to the facility are on level ground and shouldn’t be a problem for most wheelchairs/strollers with more rugged wheels. Since our grounds include wetland habitat, things may get a little muddy and soft as you approach the wetland and pond — especially if we’ve had a lot of recent rain. But there is still a lot to see and explore in and around the building, and we welcome visitors of all abilities! If you have specific questions or special needs, please call 608.221.0404, ext. 0.



The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is committed to sustainable practices and technologies, and our facility showcases innovative renewable energy systems, building techniques, and sustainable practices and initiatives including use of solar energy, water efficiency systems, sustainable siting, and more. Click here for more information!



Winter Weather Policies:

As a general rule, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center will be closed and programs canceled if the City of Madison public transit services are discontinued (full service cancellation) due to inclement weather.  If a closing occurs, a notice will be put on our homepage as well as on our Facebook page.



Please consider these alternative transportation options for visiting us!

Monona Campus
330 Femrite Drive,
Monona, WI 53716

    1. Take the South Beltline (Hwy 12-18) to Monona Drive. Exit North and continue past the Monona Drive/Broadway Street intersection.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.