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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus

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330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
(608) 221-0404

The 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 trails and see how their observations connect to global phenomena through interactive exhibits.

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December 2018
$12/child (members save 10%)

Homeschool Program: Changes Over Time

December 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Earth is constantly changing and scientists have made observations of these changes over many years. We will learn the difference between short-term and long-term changes, such as climate and animal adaptations. We’ll visit the “Children’s Shack” to observe changes in people’s lifestyles and record our observations to create our own records to study. Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Tues PM)

December 18 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Let’s celebrate the shortest day(light) of the year in anticipation of longer and brighter days. Come join the festivities and explore nature-ful traditions and customs. Don’t be left in the dark!
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Wed AM)

December 19 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s celebrate the shortest day(light) of the year in anticipation of longer and brighter days. Come join the festivities and explore nature-ful traditions and customs. Don’t be left in the dark!
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Thurs AM)

December 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s celebrate the shortest day(light) of the year in anticipation of longer and brighter days. Come join the festivities and explore nature-ful traditions and customs. Don’t be left in the dark!
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Winter Solstice (Fri AM)

December 21 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s celebrate the shortest day(light) of the year in anticipation of longer and brighter days. Come join the festivities and explore nature-ful traditions and customs. Don’t be left in the dark!
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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 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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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Free

Bird & Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park

December 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for regularly scheduled – 4th Saturday of every month – Bird & Nature Outings at Edna Taylor Conservation Park! 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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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Frozen Forts (MGSD & MMSD)

December 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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 various snowy structures with room for everyone! Continue reading

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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Snow Science (MGSD & MMSD)

December 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Snow is so much fun to play in! But there is a lot to learn about snow. How does snow form? What do snowflakes look like up close? Is snow always so cold or can it be warm? We will get to the bottom of the fluffy stuff as we learn and, of course, play in the snow! Continue reading

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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Christmas Bird Count at ALNC! (MGSD & MMSD)

December 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Every year people from all over the country come together to count birds for the Great American Backyard Bird Count. Citizen scientists submit their checklists that help researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. While collecting 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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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Owl Moon (MGSD & MMSD)

December 31 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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! Continue reading

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January 20192019
$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Cabin Fever (MMSD)

January 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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 obstacle courses 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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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Adventures with Aldo (MMSD)

January 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Did you know that Aldo Leopold’s birthday is in January? Let’s celebrate his birthday by doing some of his favorite activities! We will learn how to observe nature and record what is happening outside. Phenology is a term you will get to learn and use to compare what we see outside here at ALNC with what other people are seeing outside. Continue reading

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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Little Critters (MMSD)

January 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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. Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Fridgid-Aire (Tues AM)

January 8, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

It’s a great time of year to learn about winter weather with our little ones. We’ll investigate snow and ice, hot and cold. Games, crafts and more will help us to learn about winter weather and temperature.
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Fridgid-Aire (Tues PM)

January 8, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

It’s a great time of year to learn about winter weather with our little ones. We’ll investigate snow and ice, hot and cold. Games, crafts and more will help us to learn about winter weather and temperature.
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Fridgid-Aire (Wed AM)

January 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

It’s a great time of year to learn about winter weather with our little ones. We’ll investigate snow and ice, hot and cold. Games, crafts and more will help us to learn about winter weather and temperature.
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Fridgid-Aire (Thurs AM)

January 10, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

It’s a great time of year to learn about winter weather with our little ones. We’ll investigate snow and ice, hot and cold. Games, crafts and more will help us to learn about winter weather and temperature.
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Fridgid-Aire (Fri AM)

January 11, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

It’s a great time of year to learn about winter weather with our little ones. We’ll investigate snow and ice, hot and cold. Games, crafts and more will help us to learn about winter weather and temperature.
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Tap Tap Tap (Tues AM)

January 15, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Wouldn’t you know, woodpeckers are the topic of the day! From their funny four-toed feet to their sticky tongues, there is lots to explore so join us for a day of hands on activities and woody woodpecker fun!
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Tap Tap Tap (Tues PM)

January 15, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Wouldn’t you know, woodpeckers are the topic of the day! From their funny four-toed feet to their sticky tongues, there is lots to explore so join us for a day of hands on activities and woody woodpecker fun!
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Tap Tap Tap (Wed AM)

January 16, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Wouldn’t you know, woodpeckers are the topic of the day! From their funny four-toed feet to their sticky tongues, there is lots to explore so join us for a day of hands on activities and woody woodpecker fun!
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Tap Tap Tap (Thurs AM)

January 17, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Wouldn’t you know, woodpeckers are the topic of the day! From their funny four-toed feet to their sticky tongues, there is lots to explore so join us for a day of hands on activities and woody woodpecker fun!
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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Adventures with Aldo (MGSD)

January 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Did you know that Aldo Leopold’s birthday is in January? Let’s celebrate his birthday by doing some of his favorite activities! We will learn how to observe nature and record what is happening outside. Phenology is a term you will get to learn and use to compare what we see outside here at ALNC with what other people are seeing outside. Continue reading

Find out more »
$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Tap Tap Tap (Fri AM)

January 18, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Wouldn’t you know, woodpeckers are the topic of the day! From their funny four-toed feet to their sticky tongues, there is lots to explore so join us for a day of hands on activities and woody woodpecker fun!
Continue reading

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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Clues on Snowshoes (MGSD & MMSD)

January 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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. Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leave it to Beavers (Tues AM)

January 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s build a beaver house, snack on twigs, and swat our tails as we step into the lives of these pond dwelling friends.
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leave it to Beavers (Tues PM)

January 22, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Let’s build a beaver house, snack on twigs, and swat our tails as we step into the lives of these pond dwelling friends.
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leave it to Beavers (Wed AM)

January 23, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s build a beaver house, snack on twigs, and swat our tails as we step into the lives of these pond dwelling friends.
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leave it to Beavers (Thurs AM)

January 24, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s build a beaver house, snack on twigs, and swat our tails as we step into the lives of these pond dwelling friends.
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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: January Thaw (MMSD)

January 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

It’s time to get out weather tools and check for a mid-winter thaw! We will head out across the nature center to record temperatures, identify clouds, check our wind speeds, and even drill down to measure the ice on our pond. While we enjoy a break in the weather we will check all over for signs of animals waking up from their torpor and put out bird feeders for our winter visitors. Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Leave it to Beavers (Fri AM)

January 25, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s build a beaver house, snack on twigs, and swat our tails as we step into the lives of these pond dwelling friends.
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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Get a Grip (Tues AM)

January 29, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

We’ll handle winter in exciting ways today because there’s so much to discover using our fingers. Games, crafts and more will put you in touch with this cool season. It’s a stroke of genius! Then come back and feel your way through spring, summer, and fall as we explore nature at our fingertips. It will be a touch-down experience every season. Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Get a Grip (Tues PM)

January 29, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

We’ll handle winter in exciting ways today because there’s so much to discover using our fingers. Games, crafts and more will put you in touch with this cool season. It’s a stroke of genius! Then come back and feel your way through spring, summer, and fall as we explore nature at our fingertips. It will be a touch-down experience every season. Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Get a Grip (Wed AM)

January 30, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

We’ll handle winter in exciting ways today because there’s so much to discover using our fingers. Games, crafts and more will put you in touch with this cool season. It’s a stroke of genius! Then come back and feel your way through spring, summer, and fall as we explore nature at our fingertips. It will be a touch-down experience every season. Continue reading

Find out more »
$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Get a Grip (Thurs AM)

January 31, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

We’ll handle winter in exciting ways today because there’s so much to discover using our fingers. Games, crafts and more will put you in touch with this cool season. It’s a stroke of genius! Then come back and feel your way through spring, summer, and fall as we explore nature at our fingertips. It will be a touch-down experience every season. Continue reading

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February 2019
$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Get a Grip (Fri AM)

February 1, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

We’ll handle winter in exciting ways today because there’s so much to discover using our fingers. Games, crafts and more will put you in touch with this cool season. It’s a stroke of genius! Then come back and feel your way through spring, summer, and fall as we explore nature at our fingertips. It will be a touch-down experience every season. Continue reading

Find out more »
$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bright-Eyed, Bushy-Tailed (Tues AM)

February 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s visit with one of our most favorite furry friends. We’ll hop this way and that and explore rabbit nests and food. We’ll have a hoppin’ good time as we explore everything rabbit today! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bright-Eyed, Bushy-Tailed (Tues PM)

February 5, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Let’s visit with one of our most favorite furry friends. We’ll hop this way and that and explore rabbit nests and food. We’ll have a hoppin’ good time as we explore everything rabbit today! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bright-Eyed, Bushy-Tailed (Wed AM)

February 6, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s visit with one of our most favorite furry friends. We’ll hop this way and that and explore rabbit nests and food. We’ll have a hoppin’ good time as we explore everything rabbit today! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bright-Eyed, Bushy-Tailed (Thurs AM)

February 7, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s visit with one of our most favorite furry friends. We’ll hop this way and that and explore rabbit nests and food. We’ll have a hoppin’ good time as we explore everything rabbit today! Continue reading

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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: 6 More Weeks! (MMSD)

February 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

From woolly bear caterpillars to groundhogs, animals have been used for a long time as predictors of the weather. We will learn about some of these animals and what they predict, along with some of their unique adaptations. Come learn and explore with us during these last weeks of winter! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bright-Eyed, Bushy-Tailed (Fri AM)

February 8, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Let’s visit with one of our most favorite furry friends. We’ll hop this way and that and explore rabbit nests and food. We’ll have a hoppin’ good time as we explore everything rabbit today! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Stand Up Straight! (Tues AM)

February 12, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Some are stiff and so straight and some are bendy and bound to be eaten. Stems are all around so let’s take a few moments to appreciate the work they do and their amazing shapes and sizes and colors. Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Stand Up Straight! (Tues PM)

February 12, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Some are stiff and so straight and some are bendy and bound to be eaten. Stems are all around so let’s take a few moments to appreciate the work they do and their amazing shapes and sizes and colors. Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Stand Up Straight! (Wed AM)

February 13, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Some are stiff and so straight and some are bendy and bound to be eaten. Stems are all around so let’s take a few moments to appreciate the work they do and their amazing shapes and sizes and colors. Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Stand Up Straight! (Thurs AM)

February 14, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Some are stiff and so straight and some are bendy and bound to be eaten. Stems are all around so let’s take a few moments to appreciate the work they do and their amazing shapes and sizes and colors. Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Stand Up Straight! (Fri AM)

February 15, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Some are stiff and so straight and some are bendy and bound to be eaten. Stems are all around so let’s take a few moments to appreciate the work they do and their amazing shapes and sizes and colors. Continue reading

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$60/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: 6 More Weeks! (MGSD)

February 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

From woolly bear caterpillars to groundhogs, animals have been used for a long time as predictors of the weather. We will learn about some of these animals and what they predict, along with some of their unique adaptations. Come learn and explore with us during these last weeks of winter! Continue reading

Find out more »
$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Chilly Willy (Tues AM)

February 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Don’t let the absence of polar bears or penguins in Wisconsin leave you frosty. We’ll thaw our imaginations and let the games begin! Learn about the frosty animals of the world in a whole new way. It will be “tundra” of fun! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Chilly Willy (Tues PM)

February 19, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Don’t let the absence of polar bears or penguins in Wisconsin leave you frosty. We’ll thaw our imaginations and let the games begin! Learn about the frosty animals of the world in a whole new way. It will be “tundra” of fun! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Chilly Willy (Wed AM)

February 20, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Don’t let the absence of polar bears or penguins in Wisconsin leave you frosty. We’ll thaw our imaginations and let the games begin! Learn about the frosty animals of the world in a whole new way. It will be “tundra” of fun! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Chilly Willy (Thurs AM)

February 21, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Don’t let the absence of polar bears or penguins in Wisconsin leave you frosty. We’ll thaw our imaginations and let the games begin! Learn about the frosty animals of the world in a whole new way. It will be “tundra” of fun! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Chilly Willy (Fri AM)

February 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Don’t let the absence of polar bears or penguins in Wisconsin leave you frosty. We’ll thaw our imaginations and let the games begin! Learn about the frosty animals of the world in a whole new way. It will be “tundra” of fun! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Batting a Thousand (Tues AM)

February 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Take me out to the bat game. Take me out to the cave. Buy me some bat homes and places to hang- upside down; I’ll be sporting some fangs. Come knock this topic right out of the park! You won’t care if you ever get back. Go bats! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Batting a Thousand (Tues PM)

February 26, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Take me out to the bat game. Take me out to the cave. Buy me some bat homes and places to hang- upside down; I’ll be sporting some fangs. Come knock this topic right out of the park! You won’t care if you ever get back. Go bats! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Batting a Thousand (Wed AM)

February 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Take me out to the bat game. Take me out to the cave. Buy me some bat homes and places to hang- upside down; I’ll be sporting some fangs. Come knock this topic right out of the park! You won’t care if you ever get back. Go bats! Continue reading

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$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Batting a Thousand (Thurs AM)

February 28, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Take me out to the bat game. Take me out to the cave. Buy me some bat homes and places to hang- upside down; I’ll be sporting some fangs. Come knock this topic right out of the park! You won’t care if you ever get back. Go bats! Continue reading

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March 2019
$10/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Batting a Thousand (Fri AM)

March 1, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Take me out to the bat game. Take me out to the cave. Buy me some bat homes and places to hang- upside down; I’ll be sporting some fangs. Come knock this topic right out of the park! You won’t care if you ever get back. Go bats! Continue reading

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