Our facility will be closed on Friday, March 22nd for an all-staff meeting.
Our building will reopen to the public at 10am on Saturday, March 23rd.

As always, our grounds and trails featuring self-guided tours are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.

Our facility is open on weekdays from 9am to 4pm and on weekends from 10am to 2pm.

As always, our grounds and trails featuring self-guided tours are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.

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ALNC Exhibits Open

September 2, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Engage your imagination as you travel through time and explore planet Earth as the astronauts see it—suspended in orbit 22,000 miles above its surface!

Explore global temperatures from prehistory through the future and see how they shape our planet.

Innovate and discover your inner “green inventor” as you learn about cutting-edge renewable energy solutions!

Imagine a sustainable future and take a step to making it a reality by contributing your observational data to national citizen science databases!

All these eco-adventures and more await you in the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s exciting new exhibits and programming on renewable energy, climate science and sustainability. Combined with our “high-touch” outdoor programs, our new “high-tech” offerings use multimedia exhibits and interactive programming, including digital, visual, hands-on and immersive experiences for all ages.

Exhibits are open to drop-in visitors Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 2pm.

Admission: $5.50/person; members receive free admission for four people (click here for membership information)

Click here for a virtual preview tour of the exhibits!

Click here to see photos of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s exhibits.

New interactive exhibits include:

  • Science on a SphereScience On a Sphere: a high definition global projection system displaying NOAA & NASA planetary data onto a six-foot diameter sphere to illustrate Earth System science.
  • Global Warming: Facts and Our Future ExhibitGlobal Warming: Facts and Our Future: a powerful interactive exhibit created by the National Academy of Sciences explaining peer-reviewed scientific facts about our changing planet. Global Warming: Facts and Our Future was developed by the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Madison Gas & Electric Renewable Energy Center ExhibitMadison Gas & Electric Renewable Energy Center: a dynamic digital program that allows visitors to learn about available alternative and efficient energy technology. Click here to find out more about local efforts to promote renewable energy sources.
  • Nina Leopold Bradley Phenology CenterNina Leopold Bradley Phenology Center: a combination interactive exhibit and phenology program that tells the story of the Leopold Family. Here, visitors can become citizen scientists by observing, collecting and analyzing data about the natural world —just like Aldo Leopold!
  • Kids’ Climate Cast brought to you by WKOW- TV 27Kids’ Climate Cast brought to you by
    WKOW- TV 27:
    a green-screen studio where visiting students and families can apply what they have learned about weather, energy and nature to create their own weather and climate forecast for family and friends.
  • Storms 360 Fly-Through Immersion TheaterStorms 360 Fly-Through Immersion Theater: a high-definition immersion experience that takes visitors through simulated weather and climate systems and explains how their changes impact the world.


September 2, 2013
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus
330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
(608) 221-0404


Aldo Leopold Nature Center
(608) 221-0404

Aldo Leopold Nature Center