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September 2017

September 2017: Forestry

September 19
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Every day until October 1, 2017
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Trees provide timber, food, energy, clean air, habitats, recreation, and resources for humans and animals. This month, learn about Wisconsin’s forests and examine how trees are like living history books, reflecting changes in their physical environment. Play in our tree hollow, practice hands-on tree identification and urban forest monitoring, and check out our Good Oak: Tree Cookie Timeline exhibit and Digital Docent walking tour. Visit during our public hours to engage with hands-on exploration stations, experience interactive theaters, explore our grounds, enjoy drop-in self-guided…

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Kid-izen Science

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Citizen science teaches us that science isn’t something that only happens in a classroom or lab. Each student will choose a fun citizen science project; from the Lost Ladybug to Project Feeder Watch and many others, too. The project you choose can be done at home and information we gather will be sent to scientists to use in their research. You definitely make a difference! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Prairie BINGO

September 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Go on a Nature Quest Scavenger Hunt to find objects and signs of animals in the prairie! We’ll play “Camouflage” in the tall grass and use matching cards to find the specialized plants that make up the prairie. If your team is the first to discover all clues you win Prairie BINGO! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bubble Bubble (Tues PM)

September 19 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Bubbles of fun are gurgling your way today. Ride the wave of games and activities as we explore the marsh and pond. Water your way to new learning growth today!
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bubble Bubble (Wed AM)

September 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Bubbles of fun are gurgling your way today. Ride the wave of games and activities as we explore the marsh and pond. Water your way to new learning growth today!
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bubble Bubble (Thurs AM)

September 21 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Bubbles of fun are gurgling your way today. Ride the wave of games and activities as we explore the marsh and pond. Water your way to new learning growth today!
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bubble Bubble (Fri AM)

September 22 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Bubbles of fun are gurgling your way today. Ride the wave of games and activities as we explore the marsh and pond. Water your way to new learning growth today!
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Free

Bird and Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area

September 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Goosy Goosy Gander (Tues AM)

September 26 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Whither do you wander? Are you flying south for the winter or braving the cold? Only our eyes will behold! Come fly in the wonders of geese; we guarantee the fun shall never cease. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Rocks & Minerals

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Ever wonder where minerals come from or how rocks are made? We will observe, discover and learn about the 3 types of rocks and how they each are formed. We’ll even learn how to identify different minerals that make up rocks! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Goosy Goosy Gander (Tues PM)

September 26 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Whither do you wander? Are you flying south for the winter or braving the cold? Only our eyes will behold! Come fly in the wonders of geese; we guarantee the fun shall never cease. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Goosy Goosy Gander (Wed AM)

September 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Whither do you wander? Are you flying south for the winter or braving the cold? Only our eyes will behold! Come fly in the wonders of geese; we guarantee the fun shall never cease. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Goosy Goosy Gander (Thurs AM)

September 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Whither do you wander? Are you flying south for the winter or braving the cold? Only our eyes will behold! Come fly in the wonders of geese; we guarantee the fun shall never cease. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Goosy Goosy Gander (Fri AM)

September 29 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Whither do you wander? Are you flying south for the winter or braving the cold? Only our eyes will behold! Come fly in the wonders of geese; we guarantee the fun shall never cease. Continue reading

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Adult (18+):$75; Child (5-17): $25; Child (4 and under): Free

Pipers in the Prairie 2017

September 30 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Engage your senses and rejoice in the season as we celebrate harvest at Pipers in the Prairie, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s spectacular fall fundraising gala! Continue reading

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

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Trees Please (Tues AM)

October 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Today we will reach for new heights. Come get up close and personal with trees. Stories and games will branch out your knowledge, and at the end of the day you’ll be asking for more! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Ants & Insect Life

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Work in teams to make an insect “nest” and create scent trails to food and other survival needs! We’ll also communicate like bees (through “dance”) and catch insects on land and in the water to study.
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Trees Please (Tues PM)

October 3 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Today we will reach for new heights. Come get up close and personal with trees. Stories and games will branch out your knowledge, and at the end of the day you’ll be asking for more! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Trees Please (Wed AM)

October 4 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Today we will reach for new heights. Come get up close and personal with trees. Stories and games will branch out your knowledge, and at the end of the day you’ll be asking for more! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Trees Please (Thurs AM)

October 5 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Today we will reach for new heights. Come get up close and personal with trees. Stories and games will branch out your knowledge, and at the end of the day you’ll be asking for more! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Trees Please (Fri AM)

October 6 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Today we will reach for new heights. Come get up close and personal with trees. Stories and games will branch out your knowledge, and at the end of the day you’ll be asking for more! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Leaf Factories

October 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Take a tour inside one of nature’s amazing machines – leaves! We’ll learn all about chlorophyll and how photosynthesis works. We’ll then hike to see what colors are appearing on our trees and learn why they change color and fall off in autumn.
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Tails at Night (Tues PM)

October 10 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Opossum tails aren’t tall but they sure are good for hanging. Learn all about this shy night-loving animal and have fun hanging around. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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Free

FAMILY EVENT: Fall Family Fun

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

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

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

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Crazy About Climate!

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We will learn all about Wisconsin’s past, present and future climate. Learn the difference between weather and climate, record current weather data, and learn how we can help be a part of the solution.

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Show Me the Honey!

October 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Catch the buzz about bees! This day will be a bee-utiful exploration of all things buzzing and sweet. We’ll learn about bee-havior, how honey is made, make some sweet crafts and maybe even play a game of rug-beeee? All in all, the day won’t be too sha-bee! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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Land Steward Work Day

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh and woodlands? Join us one Saturday of every month to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leaf Man (Tues AM)

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

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Apple Science

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Come join us for a smorgasbord of science featuring a favorite fall fruit. We’ll dissect an apple, discover how flowers turn to fruit, make apple art and learn about physics and reactions with apple eruptions!

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leaf Man (Tues PM)

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leaf Man (Wed AM)

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leaf Man (Thurs AM)

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

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Apple Science

October 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Apples today keep the no-school blues away! Come join us for a smorgasbord of science featuring a favorite fall fruit. We’ll learn how to use a cider press and make our own cider, explore different types of apples, bake an apple snack, dissect an apple, make apple art and learn about physics and reactions with apple eruptions! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leaf Man (Fri AM)

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

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FREE

Family Public Program – Fall Fest

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

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Free

Bird and Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join us for regularly scheduled – 4th Saturday of every month – Bird and Nature Outings at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area! This free, family-friendly nature hike requires no registration and is co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partner groups Madison Parks, Madison Audubon and Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Bats…Bug Busters!

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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“Bats eat bugs, they don’t eat people!” Learn the David Stokes song and multiple fun facts about bats. We’ll play a game on bat echolocation, learn how mother bats find their young in hibernacula, and one participant will “become” a bat complete with bat adaptations. We’ll also learn how bats are helpful to people and the natural ecosystems they inhabit.

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Edna Taylor Adventure

November 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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There is so much to do and see on the 60 acres that adjoin ALNC in Edna Taylor Conservation Park! We’ll explore the oak savannas and wetlands, hike the trails, search for animal signs, explore and investigate in the marsh, see and learn about the Native American mounds there and much more! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Trees and Seeds

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Seeds and trees are both packed full of energy! We’ll start our adventures with a hike to identify trees and plants then we’ll go on a seed scavenger hunt to learn the many ways in which seeds can travel. We’ll also collect and plant prairies seeds, and make a seed ball to take home. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$40/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Operation Migration

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Many animals migrate with the change of seasons and fall is a great time to catch these animals in the act! We’ll learn all about fall migrators, learn how they know how to find their destination and when to leave. We’ll also learn about other animals that hibernate or adapt in other ways to prepare for the upcoming winter. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Autumn Adaptations

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Fall is a time of change, for people, plants, animals and weather. From beetles to bergamot, learn how different species adapt to the changing seasons and prepare for the long winter ahead.
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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$40/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Tree-Mendous!

November 16 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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We’re going out on a limb and saying this day will be ‘tree bien’! We’ll spend the day learning all about the forest, making tree & leaf art, homemade paper, taking measurements in the ALNC woods, examining how and why leaves change color and so many more tree-mendous topics! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

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

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Land Steward Work Day

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Interested in helping restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh and woodlands? Join us one Saturday of every month to help control invasives, seed with native plants, get dirty and have some fun! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Gobble Gobble (Tues AM)

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

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: The Bear Essentials

November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Bears are extremely intelligent and extremely misunderstood. Students will learn all about the biology, ecology, and natural history of the three bear species in North America. We’ll go on a “bear hike” to practice how to be bear safe in Wisconsin, and we’ll test our senses as compared to a bear’s.
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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Gobble Gobble (Tues PM)

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

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Weird Science

November 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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A day of weird and wacky science experiments are coming your way! We’ll learn some basic science principles of science while conducting science experiments, including reactions, volcanic eruptions, and many, many more! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Gobble Gobble (Wed AM)

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

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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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$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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$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
$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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$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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$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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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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$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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Free

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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