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.


Explore the natural world with us…virtually!

Nature continues on. Engage with us and explore the natural world through these virtual field trips and discover what is happening on the grounds at Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC).

Please note: The children featured in these videos are children of the Environmental Educators. If you plan to visit Aldo Leopold Nature Center, or any public space, and partake in activities such as these, please be sure to follow all public health guidelines and practice safe social distancing. Thank you.

Morning Prairie Hike

Take a morning hike without leaving your home!
Can you count how many different bird calls we heard? 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 to see if you can identify 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