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Hours & Directions

Monona Campus

Monday through Friday: 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 2 pm
(Closed New Year’s, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July Fourth, Thanksgiving and Winter holiday. Please see our winter weather policy below and check our website or call for any other closings.)

We love visitors at ALNC! Our trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk, and our gift shop, informational table and restrooms are open to the public during all open hours at no cost. Admission to our new Nature Nook and interactive exhibit hall is $3-4/person and free for members (click here for membership information). Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more with an advance reservation (click here for more info).


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

Winter Weather Policies:

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


Please consider these alternative transportation options for visiting us!

Monona Campus
330 Femrite Drive,
Monona, WI 53716

  1. Take the South Beltline (Hwy 12-18) to Monona Drive. Exit North and continue past the Monona Drive/Broadway Street intersection.
  2. Turn East on Femrite Drive and pull into the driveway after the Monona Meadows sign on the North side of the street. There is a sign for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Monona’s Woodland Park.
  3. Follow the driveway up the hill; the Nature Center is located just south of the main parking lot. All buses must park in the first parking lot. For schools, this is also where students will greet the Naturalists.

Black Earth Campus

The Black Earth Campus is only open to the public for public programs, overnights, rentals and private events.


Black Earth Campus
10648 Sutcliffe Rd.
Black Earth 53515

  1. From the beltline (Hwys 12 & 18), exit Hwy. 14 (west) at University Avenue to Black Earth (through Cross Plains).
  2. Turn left (south) at The Shoe Box in Black Earth (this is 78/Cty F – also called Mills Street).
  3. Follow 78/Cty F about a half-mile through town, and turn right (west) on F/KP (also called Madison Street).
  4. Travel about a mile to Cty F. Turn left (south) on Cty F and follow to Sutcliffe Road (it will be the second road on your right.) Turn onto Sutcliffe Rd and follow it (west) for just under 1.5 miles.
  5. The driveway to ALNC-Black Earth is about halfway down the hill, on the right hand (north) side. The fire number is 10648 Sutcliffe Road.
  6. Distance from ALNC in Monona is approx. 30 miles. It takes about 20 minutes from the west beltline to the site.