We invite you out for a hike to explore the magic of the natural world, our trails are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.

We ask that all staff and visitors follow our mask policy to help keep everyone safe and slow the spread of COVID-19.

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*Please note our facility’s date of reopen to the public is based on public health recommendations and other factors.

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Welcome to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Caring for ALL People and Their Relationship to Nature

We believe that diverse communities are healthier — in nature and in society. We also know that we operate within societal systems that are too often unjust and flawed, and we all have work to do towards celebrating diversity and making our community more equitable for everyone. We wish to acknowledge this painful reality and share our support for people of color and others who do not feel safe, especially those who continue to struggle against racism and inequality. We see you. We see our community hurting.

In times like these, we are used to turning to nature for solace and comfort. But we also recognize that nature and other public spaces may not feel safe and healthy for all members of our community. We work everyday to support EVERY person’s right to reap the benefits of time outdoors without fear, and we are committed to this now more than ever.

We believe that when we are thoughtful about being inclusive in how we engage and educate, we can help students to know that NATURE IS FOR EVERYONE and should be a safe place to learn and explore. In recent years, we have been putting great efforts towards inclusion, diversity, equity and access; we also would like to acknowledge that we have a long way to go, in our organization, in our field, and in our society. We are grateful for individuals, families and partners who have been working with us to move in the right direction, and we pledge to continue to prioritize this important work.

To learn more about how we are caring for ALL people and their connection to the land, please visit our Community Ethics and Nature page.

As always, please contact us to let us know how we’re doing and to share ways we can better serve you, our community.

In solidarity,

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center Staff and Board

Change is in the air!

We are dedicated to promoting a healthy environment for our staff, students and community as a whole. After careful consideration, we have decided to close our facility until further notice*, canceling all programs and events.

*Please note, our facility’s date of reopen to the public is unknown and will be based on recommendations from public health officials and other factors.

With information changing rapidly about the spread of COVID-19, we thank you for your patience as we determine the right course of action. The health of our community is our number one concern and we appreciate your support as we continue to evaluate our policies in the best interest of our public health.

We want to remind everyone that even though our facility is closed and programs are canceled, our hiking trails are free and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. Spending time outside can boost one’s immune system, reduce anxiety and release pent up energy. We invite you to continue to use our trails while taking precautions for your own health.

We understand the need to keep children and adults engaged during this time. We have launched on new page on our website full of nature activities you can do from your home or anywhere. In addition, our program partner, Nature Net, has great resources for families to continue their nature exploration in South central Wisconsin and beyond.

In these unprecedented times, please stay tuned here for more information about our programs and facility as the days unfold. Furthermore, do not hesitate to contact us with questions at Thank you.

At the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, we know that truly living our mission and reaching as many children, families, educators, conservationists and community members as possible means expanding access now.

In order to better serve our community, we have redesigned our space to increase our impact, improve our programs and better accommodate diverse populations – the first steps of an ongoing process to expand access. Visit Us for more information on access and to see these exciting changes.

Walk-in visitors, along with program participants and students, continue to have access to our outdoor interpretive trails, and, we are continuing to improve drop-in and self-guided offerings for our visitors, including re-vamped Family Trailside Backpacks, identification guides, trail maps and educational merchandise geared towards connecting and engaging visitors and families with our local habitats, flora and fauna. Access to our lobby, indoor Nature Nooks and interactive Immersion Theater and Science on a Sphere is always free, but may be limited at times, please feel free to call ahead with any questions or concerns.

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Empowering the next generation of conservationists

About Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Established in 1994, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) is an independent, non-profit organization. Through hands-on interactive programs, ALNC is leading the way to engage, educate and empower the next generation of stewards of the land for a healthy, happy, and sustainable future.

ALNC offers many opportunities for you and your family to connect with nature. In addition to our special events and environmental education programs, our indoor Nature Nooks provide a special place for your child to learn about wetland, woodland and prairie ecosystems. Head outside and explore our wetland, woodland and prairie trails, open from dawn until dusk, 7 days a week! Sign your child up for our Wonder Bugs program, enroll them in Aldo Leopold Nature Preschool or take advantage of our Nature School or Summer Camp programs.

However you choose to engage with nature, we hope to see you on the trails!

Teachers! Visit our Educators’ Web Portal for newly developed pre- and post-visit activities for your class field trip.

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