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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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April 2017
$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
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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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ALNC Members: $6; Non-members: $10; Children 3 & under: FREE

Family Public Program: Wildflower Wander

May 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Bring your mother or another for this easy stroll to see some of Wisconsin’s spectacular spring wildflowers. May is an excellent time to view both early and late spring flowers since their bloom times overlap and our woodland areas are simply spectacular! 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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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$10/child (members save 10%)

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

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

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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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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$10/child (members save 10%)

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

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

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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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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Free

Bird and Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for new regularly scheduled (4th Saturday of every month) Bird and Nature Outings at Edna Taylor Conservation Park! This free, family-friendly nature hike starts at ALNC and 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: 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

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

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: June Bugs (Thursday)

June 1 @ 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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$9/child (ALNC members save 10%)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: June Bugs (Friday)

June 2 @ 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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Free

Bird and Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for new 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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