Even though our building is closed*, our trails are free and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.
We invite you to come out and enjoy the Wonders of Nature…it’s good for the mind, body and soul.

ALNC will be opening for limited summer camp programs starting July 6th. Access to the building will be restricted to ALNC Staff and Summer Campers.

We thank you for your patience as we determine the right course of action.
Please stay tuned for more information and do not hesitate to contact us with questions at

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

ALNC Partners On Take a Child Outside Week


The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is proud to be the regional partner for National Take A Child Outside Week, Sept. 24-30th!  The Take a Child Outside program designed to encourage children and adults to spend time together outdoors. By giving parents, grandparents and teachers information on outdoor activities and places to go, our goal is to help children develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment and an enthusiasm for exploring the natural world.

The program website has great ideas for activities to explore nature, and lists partners all across the country, and Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Nature Net are the featured regional partner.  We are proud to offer opportunities for children, students and families to engage with nature all year long, through our field trips, camp programs, workshops and seasonal events!

To celebrate Take a Child Outside week, visit our nature trails and our interactive exhibits, and be sure to sign up soon for our upcoming programs, like our fall fundraiser, Pipers in the Prairie, our preschool and homeschool programs, and our member celebration, Fall Fest!

“Nature— the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful— offers something that the street or gated community or computer game cannot. Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity.”
—Richard Louv

Aldo Leopold Nature Center