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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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March 2017

March 2017: Spring into Phenology!

March 26
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until March 31, 2017

As winter slowly thaws into spring, there are buds, blooms, birds, and other new nature discoveries emerging every day! This month, you and your family can join us as we gear up for seasonal phenology – through observing and recording natural events like melting ice, new hatchings, flowing tree sap, new blossoms, and migratory arrivals. Visit Aldo Leopold Nature Center and our exhibits 7 days a week during March (9am-4pm M-F & 10am-2pm S&S) for self-guided activities, scavenger hunts, hands-on nature journaling, interactive exhibit…

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Members: $6/person; Non-members: $10/person; Kids 3 and under: Free

Family Public Program: Maple Syrup Fest

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This year’s Maple Syrup Fest will feature stations set throughout the nature center grounds to lead visitors, at their own pace, through the history and science of maple syruping and related activities. Visitors will see demonstrations of various methods by which Native Americans, pioneers, and people today tap trees for the production of maple syrup and sugar. It’s a sweet way to start the spring season off right! Continue reading

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$20/child for AM and PM; $8/child AM only; $12/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

March 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs before programming from 8:00-9am and after programming from 4:00-5:30pm. You can drop off or pick up at any point within these time periods.
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$100/child for AM and PM; $40/child AM only; $60/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day Package

March 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This package option is for extended day programming that runs before standard programming from (NEW!) 8:00-9am and 4-5:30pm after standard programming for all five days March 27-March 31st.
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Earth & Beyond!

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

How do you organize space party? You planet! Space is an exciting place and we’ll spend our day launching into all sorts of astronomical knowledge through games and out-of-this-world experiments. From planets to meteors, we’ll come home revolving with excitement about our planet and the space that surrounds it. Continue reading

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$265/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: MGSD Spring Break Package (March 27-31)

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

Save and sign up for the whole week of spring break (Monday, March 27th- Friday, March 31st; 9am-4pm each day). Continue reading

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$20/child for AM and PM; $8/child AM only; $12/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

March 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs before programming from 8:00-9am and after programming from 4:00-5:30pm. You can drop off or pick up at any point within these time periods.
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Spring Fling

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

Celebrate the return of spring! We will search for signs of spring while having a spring scavenger hunt to celebrate the re-awakening of the earth after a long winter. Make a mud painting, plant a seed, search for spring animals and make your own bird nest! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mud Pies in the Sky (Tuesday AM)

March 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

As the ground begins to thaw we will dig and we will draw. There is more to soil than meets the eye. Come learn about fun critters that live in the mud. We’ll play and sing until we say bye-bye. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 9-14): Nature’s Tricksters

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nature is full of April fools! We’ll learn the adaptations like mimicry and camouflage where animals fool us and each other. We’ll discover how plants and animals can trick each other in both good and bad ways. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 5-8): Nature’s Tricksters

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nature is full of April fools! We’ll learn the adaptations like mimicry and camouflage where animals fool us and each other. We’ll discover how plants and animals can trick each other in both good and bad ways. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mud Pies in the Sky (Tuesday PM)

March 28 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

As the ground begins to thaw we will dig and we will draw. There is more to soil than meets the eye. Come learn about fun critters that live in the mud. We’ll play and sing until we say bye-bye. Continue reading

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$20/child for AM and PM; $8/child AM only; $12/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

March 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs before programming from 8:00-9am and after programming from 4:00-5:30pm. You can drop off or pick up at any point within these time periods.
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Super Soils!

March 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

It’s spring and there will be mud (but we call it soil)! There’s so much more to it than just dirt! Did you know Wisconsin has a state soil?! We’ll learn all about soil, make some soil art, dig in the dirt and explore. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mud Pies in the Sky (Wednesday)

March 29 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

As the ground begins to thaw we will dig and we will draw. There is more to soil than meets the eye. Come learn about fun critters that live in the mud. We’ll play and sing until we say bye-bye. Continue reading

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$20/child for AM and PM; $8/child AM only; $12/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

March 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs before programming from 8:00-9am and after programming from 4:00-5:30pm. You can drop off or pick up at any point within these time periods.
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Wetland Wakeup

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Become a wetland ecologist for the day! We’ll visit the pond and marsh to listen closely for croaks, chirps, trills, and whistles of frogs and toads to learn how to identify them. We’ll also bird watch with binoculars and try to find some spring migrants, peek in the pond to see what creatures have emerged, and explore all areas wet and muddy in this “ribbiting” investigation! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mud Pies in the Sky (Thursday)

March 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

As the ground begins to thaw we will dig and we will draw. There is more to soil than meets the eye. Come learn about fun critters that live in the mud. We’ll play and sing until we say bye-bye. Continue reading

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$20/child for AM and PM; $8/child AM only; $12/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

March 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs before programming from 8:00-9am and after programming from 4:00-5:30pm. You can drop off or pick up at any point within these time periods.
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: G.O.A.T. Day!

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

Not the farm animal kind of goats, but an acronym for Greatest Of All Time! This day will be the culmination of our week and we’ll do all our ALNC favorites. From fort building and pond exploration to willow adventures and nature games, this day will have it all! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mud Pies in the Sky (Friday)

March 31 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

As the ground begins to thaw we will dig and we will draw. There is more to soil than meets the eye. Come learn about fun critters that live in the mud. We’ll play and sing until we say bye-bye. Continue reading

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

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Think Skink (Tuesday AM)

April 4 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

What is five-lined with a blue tail? Why a skink of course! Come sing and play today. Learn all about these colorful reptiles and don’t be left holding this tail! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 5-8): Green Thumbs

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spring is a time for new growth, and what better way to promote that new growth than by planting the garden at ALNC! We will put on our work gloves, fill our watering cans and head out to the greenhouse and garden to start new plants. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 9-14): Green Thumbs

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spring is a time for new growth, and what better way to promote that new growth than by planting the garden at ALNC! We will put on our work gloves, fill our watering cans and head out to the greenhouse and garden to start new plants. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Think Skink (Tuesday PM)

April 4 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

What is five-lined with a blue tail? Why a skink of course! Come sing and play today. Learn all about these colorful reptiles and don’t be left holding this tail! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Think Skink (Wednesday)

April 5 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

What is five-lined with a blue tail? Why a skink of course! Come sing and play today. Learn all about these colorful reptiles and don’t be left holding this tail! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Think Skink (Thursday)

April 6 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

What is five-lined with a blue tail? Why a skink of course! Come sing and play today. Learn all about these colorful reptiles and don’t be left holding this tail! Continue reading

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$8/child

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs from 11am-12pm and 4-5:30pm on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 in conjunction with the “Eco Play Day” Vacation Day. You may drop off/pick up at any point within those time periods.
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$8/child

Vacation Day Add-On: Lunch Bunch

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This lunch bunch session runs from 12-1pm on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 in conjunction with the “Eco Play Day” Vacation Day. Please send your child with a sack lunch.
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Exploring Ecosystems

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

How can so many animals share one tree? Does the forest get crowded with all those birds and squirrels? We will learn about the many different animals that call Wisconsin home. From the prairie to the pond to the forest, we will learn about the different ecosystems and all the animals that can be found there. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Think Skink (Friday)

April 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

What is five-lined with a blue tail? Why a skink of course! Come sing and play today. Learn all about these colorful reptiles and don’t be left holding this tail! Continue reading

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$20/child for AM and PM; $8/child AM only; $12/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

April 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs before programming from 8:00-9am and after programming from 4:00-5:30pm. You can drop off or pick up at any point within these time periods.
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$100/child for AM and PM; $40/child AM only; $60/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day Package

April 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This package option is for extended day programming that runs before standard programming from (NEW!) 8:00-9am and 4-5:30pm after standard programming for all five days April 10th-April 14th.
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$265/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: MMSD Spring Break Package (April 10-14)

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Save and sign up for the whole week of spring break (Monday, April 10th- Friday, April 14th; 9am-4pm each day). Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Earth & Beyond

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

How do you organize space party? You planet! Space is an exciting place and we’ll spend our day launching into all sorts of astronomical knowledge through games and out-of-this-world experiments. From planets to meteors, we’ll come home revolving with excitement about our planet and the space that surrounds it. Continue reading

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$20/child for AM and PM; $8/child AM only; $12/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

April 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs before programming from 8:00-9am and after programming from 4:00-5:30pm. You can drop off or pick up at any point within these time periods.
Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Spring Fling

April 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the return of spring! We will search for signs of spring while having a spring scavenger hunt to celebrate the re-awakening of the earth after a long winter. Make a mud painting, plant a seed, search for spring animals and make your own bird nest! Continue reading

Find out more »
$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Duck Duck Cute (Tuesday AM)

April 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

You’re it! Waddle this way for waterfowl adventures and games. These birds are sure to “bill” you with delight. Come take a quack at it! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 9-14): Great Eggspectations

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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 create your own spring nest just as the animals do by using materials from the land. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 5-8): Great Eggspectations

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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 create your own spring nest just as the animals do by using materials from the land. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Duck Duck Cute (Tuesday PM)

April 11 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

You’re it! Waddle this way for waterfowl adventures and games. These birds are sure to “bill” you with delight. Come take a quack at it! Continue reading

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$20/child for AM and PM; $8/child AM only; $12/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

April 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs before programming from 8:00-9am and after programming from 4:00-5:30pm. You can drop off or pick up at any point within these time periods.
Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Super Soils!

April 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

It’s spring and there will be mud (but we call it soil)! There’s so much more to it than just dirt! Did you know Wisconsin has a state soil?! We’ll learn all about soil, make some soil art, dig in the dirt and explore. Continue reading

Find out more »
$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Duck Duck Cute (Wednesday)

April 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

You’re it! Waddle this way for waterfowl adventures and games. These birds are sure to “bill” you with delight. Come take a quack at it! Continue reading

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$20/child for AM and PM; $8/child AM only; $12/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

April 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs before programming from 8:00-9am and after programming from 4:00-5:30pm. You can drop off or pick up at any point within these time periods.
Continue reading

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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Wetland Wakeup

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Become a wetland ecologist for the day! We’ll visit the pond and marsh to listen closely for croaks, chirps, trills, and whistles of frogs and toads to learn how to identify them. We’ll also bird watch with binoculars and try to find some spring migrants, peek in the pond to see what creatures have emerged, and explore all areas wet and muddy in this “ribbiting” investigation! Continue reading

Find out more »
$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Duck Duck Cute (Thursday)

April 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

You’re it! Waddle this way for waterfowl adventures and games. These birds are sure to “bill” you with delight. Come take a quack at it! Continue reading

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$20/child for AM and PM; $8/child AM only; $12/child PM only

Vacation Day Add-On: Extended Day

April 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This extended day session runs before programming from 8:00-9am and after programming from 4:00-5:30pm. You can drop off or pick up at any point within these time periods.
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$55/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Vacation Day: Eco Play Day!

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Aldo Leopold was well known for his “land ethic,” and teaching about the importance of caring for the outdoors. We will learn how we can help nature and work on some projects, such as filling bird feeders, checking on bluebird boxes, and picking up litter. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Duck Duck Cute (Friday)

April 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

You’re it! Waddle this way for waterfowl adventures and games. These birds are sure to “bill” you with delight. Come take a quack at it! Continue reading

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Land Steward Work Day

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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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ALNC Members: $6/person; Non-members: $10/person

The Great Egg Hunt and Spring Spectacular

April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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. Go on an egg hunt to search for real eggs throughout the ALNC grounds, learn how to use natural dyes, visit with some spring animals, and learn all about other animals that lay eggs, and much, much more! Hop on over to ALNC to celebrate all things spring! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Earth to Egg (Tuesday AM)

April 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Earth week is the perfect time to celebrate eggs, inside and out. We’ll also explore some animals that hatch from eggs. Games, crafts and songs will make it an egg-cellent day! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 5-8): Earth Day Celebration!

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

Earth Day was a day started by Wisconsin native, Gaylord Nelson, with the goal of taking care of our Earth through eco-friendly activities. We will honor what he started by helping to foster a healthy environment. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 9-14): Earth Day Celebration!

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

Earth Day was a day started by Wisconsin native, Gaylord Nelson, with the goal of taking care of our Earth through eco-friendly activities. We will honor what he started by helping to foster a healthy environment. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Earth to Egg (Tuesday PM)

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

Earth week is the perfect time to celebrate eggs, inside and out. We’ll also explore some animals that hatch from eggs. Games, crafts and songs will make it an egg-cellent day! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Earth to Egg (Wednesday)

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

Earth week is the perfect time to celebrate eggs, inside and out. We’ll also explore some animals that hatch from eggs. Games, crafts and songs will make it an egg-cellent day! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Earth to Egg (Thursday)

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

Earth week is the perfect time to celebrate eggs, inside and out. We’ll also explore some animals that hatch from eggs. Games, crafts and songs will make it an egg-cellent day! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Earth to Egg (Friday)

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

Earth week is the perfect time to celebrate eggs, inside and out. We’ll also explore some animals that hatch from eggs. Games, crafts and songs will make it an egg-cellent day! Continue reading

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$25/scout

Girl Scout Program: Earth Day Badge Fest (Juniors & Brownies)

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Come celebrate Earth Day by joining us on a science and nature themed badge-earning adventure! Activity booths spread throughout the ALNC building and grounds will provide lessons, crafts and other hands-on nature activities designed to earn badges and learn to care for and celebrate the earth Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Sensational Senses (Tuesday AM)

April 25 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Come explore the natural world using all of our senses! When all is said, seen, heard, smelled, tasted and done you will be wanting more and more and more. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 9-14): Phenology Through Photography Part II

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The land has sure changed since the middle of winter time! The birds have come back from migration, the plants are blooming and the winter coats have been put away. We will record phenological observations and then use cameras and other technology to track and compare these observations with others, Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 5-8): Phenology Through Photography Part II

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The land has sure changed since the middle of winter time! The birds have come back from migration, the plants are blooming and the winter coats have been put away. We will record phenological observations and then use cameras and other technology to track and compare these observations with others, Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Sensational Senses (Tuesday PM)

April 25 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Come explore the natural world using all of our senses! When all is said, seen, heard, smelled, tasted and done you will be wanting more and more and more. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Sensational Senses (Wednesday)

April 26 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Come explore the natural world using all of our senses! When all is said, seen, heard, smelled, tasted and done you will be wanting more and more and more. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Sensational Senses (Thursday)

April 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Come explore the natural world using all of our senses! When all is said, seen, heard, smelled, tasted and done you will be wanting more and more and more. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Sensational Senses (Friday)

April 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Come explore the natural world using all of our senses! When all is said, seen, heard, smelled, tasted and done you will be wanting more and more and more. Continue reading

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April 2017: Earth Month at ALNC

April 30
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until April 30, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day and all things green and growing this month at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center! Spring is full of new life and a great time to learn about our amazing planet and all of the plants, animals, systems, and cycles that make up the world we call home. Drop in during our public hours  (9am-4pm M-F and 10am-2pm S&S) all month long to enjoy our grounds, exhibits, theaters, displays, and self-guided activities. Together, you and your family can discover how our planet works,…

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

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Shake a Leg (Tuesday AM)

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Move and dance like baby animals and their mamas. Live guest appearances are sure to fluff you up with knowledge! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 5-8): Woodland Park Discovery Day

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Across from the Nature Center driveway is the City of Monona’s Woodland Park. We’ll explore this wonderful, wooded area for newly emerging spring wildflowers and mushrooms! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 9-14): Woodland Park Discovery Day

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Across from the Nature Center driveway is the City of Monona’s Woodland Park. We’ll explore this wonderful, wooded area for newly emerging spring wildflowers and mushrooms! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Shake a Leg (Tuesday PM)

May 2 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Move and dance like baby animals and their mamas. Live guest appearances are sure to fluff you up with knowledge! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Shake a Leg (Wednesday)

May 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Move and dance like baby animals and their mamas. Live guest appearances are sure to fluff you up with knowledge! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Shake a Leg (Thursday)

May 4 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Move and dance like baby animals and their mamas. Live guest appearances are sure to fluff you up with knowledge! Continue reading

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$35/person

Adult Workshop: Leopold Education Project

May 4 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum based on essays in Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who is interested in learning more about fostering a relationship between our youth and the natural world– teachers, scout leaders, naturalists, park rangers, zoo educators, youth group leaders, and private citizens. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Shake a Leg (Friday)

May 5 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Move and dance like baby animals and their mamas. Live guest appearances are sure to fluff you up with knowledge! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: How Gull-ible Are You? (Tuesday AM)

May 9 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

You can “sea” these birds just about anywhere. But don’t let the commonness of these birds keep you at home, though. Soar this way and discover new gull-icious facts today! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 9-14): Communities

May 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Aldo Leopold wrote: “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” What things do you view as part of your community? Plants? Animals? People? Businesses? During this program, we define, compare and contrast different types of communities and explore the different natural communities found at the Nature Center. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 5-8): Communities

May 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Aldo Leopold wrote: “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” What things do you view as part of your community? Plants? Animals? People? Businesses? During this program, we define, compare and contrast different types of communities and explore the different natural communities found at the Nature Center. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: How Gull-ible Are You? (Tuesday PM)

May 9 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

You can “sea” these birds just about anywhere. But don’t let the commonness of these birds keep you at home, though. Soar this way and discover new gull-icious facts today! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: How Gull-ible Are You? (Wednesday)

May 10 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

You can “sea” these birds just about anywhere. But don’t let the commonness of these birds keep you at home, though. Soar this way and discover new gull-icious facts today! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: How Gull-ible Are You? (Thursday)

May 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

You can “sea” these birds just about anywhere. But don’t let the commonness of these birds keep you at home, though. Soar this way and discover new gull-icious facts today! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: How Gull-ible Are You? (Friday)

May 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

You can “sea” these birds just about anywhere. But don’t let the commonness of these birds keep you at home, though. Soar this way and discover new gull-icious facts today! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Raptor Rapture (Tuesday AM)

May 16 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Humans aren’t the only animals at the top of the food chain. Come discover the exciting world of raptors! Sharp talons and curved beaks so many more features of which we shall speak. Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 5-8): Wetland Romp

May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Put on your muckin’ shoes to explore the mysterious inhabitants of wetlands! Wetlands provide a unique home to specialized plants and animals, and help people too! We’ll search the skies with binoculars for Baltimore oriole nests and scan logs for signs of turtles. Continue reading

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Home School (Age 9-14): Wetland Romp

May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Put on your muckin’ shoes to explore the mysterious inhabitants of wetlands! Wetlands provide a unique home to specialized plants and animals, and help people too! We’ll search the skies with binoculars for Baltimore oriole nests and scan logs for signs of turtles. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Raptor Rapture (Tuesday PM)

May 16 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Humans aren’t the only animals at the top of the food chain. Come discover the exciting world of raptors! Sharp talons and curved beaks so many more features of which we shall speak. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Raptor Rapture (Wednesday)

May 17 @ 9:35 am - 10:45 am

Humans aren’t the only animals at the top of the food chain. Come discover the exciting world of raptors! Sharp talons and curved beaks so many more features of which we shall speak. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Raptor Rapture (Thursday)

May 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Humans aren’t the only animals at the top of the food chain. Come discover the exciting world of raptors! Sharp talons and curved beaks so many more features of which we shall speak. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Raptor Rapture (Friday)

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

Humans aren’t the only animals at the top of the food chain. Come discover the exciting world of raptors! Sharp talons and curved beaks so many more features of which we shall speak. Continue reading

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Land Steward Work Day

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mussel Mania (Tuesday AM)

May 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Are you strong enough “two” tackle this topic? You won’t find pearls in these bivalves, but you will go home with some pearls of wisdom. Join us for a cracking good time! Continue reading

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$10/child (members save 10%)

Home School (Age 9-14): Nature Journaling

May 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Now is a great time to reflect on all of the activities we did during the winter and spring! You will get to make your very own nature journal to take home with you and record in throughout the summer time. We will make our first entries into our journal as we venture along the trails of the nature center and enjoy the outdoors. Continue reading

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Home School (Age 5-8): Nature Journaling

May 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Now is a great time to reflect on all of the activities we did during the winter and spring! You will get to make your very own nature journal to take home with you and record in throughout the summer time. We will make our first entries into our journal as we venture along the trails of the nature center and enjoy the outdoors. Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mussel Mania (Tuesday PM)

May 23 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Are you strong enough “two” tackle this topic? You won’t find pearls in these bivalves, but you will go home with some pearls of wisdom. Join us for a cracking good time! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mussel Mania (Wednesday)

May 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Are you strong enough “two” tackle this topic? You won’t find pearls in these bivalves, but you will go home with some pearls of wisdom. Join us for a cracking good time! Continue reading

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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mussel Mania (Thursday)

May 25 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Are you strong enough “two” tackle this topic? You won’t find pearls in these bivalves, but you will go home with some pearls of wisdom. Join us for a cracking good time! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Mussel Mania (Friday)

May 26 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Are you strong enough “two” tackle this topic? You won’t find pearls in these bivalves, but you will go home with some pearls of wisdom. Join us for a cracking good time! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: June Bugs (Tuesday AM)

May 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

June is here and summer is near! Get ready to cheer and jitter as we learn all about the June bug and its grub. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: June Bugs (Wednesday)

May 31 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

June is here and summer is near! Get ready to cheer and jitter as we learn all about the June bug and its grub. Continue reading

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