ALNC UPDATES

OUR FACILITY REMAINS CLOSED TO VISITORS, BUT IS OPEN FOR PROGRAMS.*

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.

Please stay tuned and do not hesitate to contact us with questions at alnc@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.

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

EE VIRTUALLY AT ALNC

Explore the natural world with us…from anywhere!

Nature is for everyone, everywhere. Discover the natural world and the habitats of Southern Wisconsin through these virtual field trips.


Fall Birding Hike

Discover birds in the prairie, wetlands and woodlands!
There is always life to discover in the woods, prairie and wetlands! Join Environmental Educators and avid birders Melissa and Brian for a fall hike as we explore nature at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. We’ll look and listen for birds and count the different species that we see.


Late Spring Wetlands Hike

Learn about life in the wetlands!
The pond is teaming with life and awakens in spring. On this hike, we’ll explore the wetlands and discover some of the plants and animals that live in and around the pond. Join us for this virtual hike. Visit us for a hike or take a walk around your neighborhood to explore how the natural world changes with the season.


Late Spring Prairie Hike

Discover life in the prairie!
The prairie is bursts with life in spring and is home to some incredible flora and fauna. Join us for a late spring hike to discover some of the plants and animals that live in the prairie, including new life and some with established roots. Visit us for a hike or take a walk around your neighborhood to explore how the natural world changes with the season.


Late Spring Woodlands Hike

Explore the woods in late spring!
In spring, woodland ephemerals bloom and turn to seed quickly, taking advantage of the open canopy before the trees completely fill out with leaves. Join us for a late spring hike to enjoy the last woodland flowers of the season, discover hidden blooms and learn about the Leopold Shack. Visit us for a hike or take a walk around your neighborhood enjoying the ever-evolving landscape with the changing seasons.


Morning Prairie Hike

Take a morning hike without leaving your home!
How many different bird calls did we hear? Did you learn something new about any of the flower species we discussed? What was your favorite plant or animal species we encountered on our hike? Visit the prairie in person or take a walk around your neighborhood to see if you can hear or see any of these species.


Let’s Talk About Dragonflies

Did you know that dragonflies start their life in the water?!?
Discover the life cycle of a dragonfly, learn how long they live and what they eat. Finish the activity by making your very own dragonfly wings.


Living Underneath

Which species will we find living underneath?!? Millipedes, centipedes and sow bugs!
Discover the isopods we found hiding beneath logs at ALNC.


Spring Pond Dip

Dragonfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs, backswimmers, a bullfrog tadpole and even a snail!
Discover something interesting about each of these species and then sing along with us as we learn the different parts of an insect.


Earthworm Exploration

I found some worms!’
Discover what that smooth ring around an earthworm is called, what it’s purpose is and if the earthworms you find in your backyard garden are male, female or … both??


Aldo Leopold Nature Center