Our facility will be closed today, Saturday, March 25th, due to the winter storm.

As always, you’re invited to hike our trails, which are open daily from dawn until dusk.
Please do exercise caution in these snowy conditions as we can’t guarantee the state of our parking lots and hiking trails.

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

Wearing a face mask indoors is optional. Because we are a childcare facility and follow public health protocols, we have limited access to some public offerings and areas of our facility. We appreciate your patience as we work to find a healthy balance of access and safety for our community.

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

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Buggin’ Out Month in the Exhibits

July 28, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Each month, our interactive exhibits will feature a different theme and offer special activities on the weekends for all ages along with new presentations in the Science On a Sphere and much more!

July’s theme is Buggin’ Out.

Special Programs:

Change & Wonder: A Butterfly Complete Metamorphosis – Orientation Theater – all weekend

View this detailed butterfly metamorphosis in close-up chronological view, showing transitions from egg, caterpillar growth, chrysalis formation, butterfly development, and emergence.

Creepy Crawly CritterCast – Kids’ Climate Cast – All Weekend

See yourself on camera with some interesting insect co-stars!

Creepy Crawlies Macro – Immersion Theater – all weekend

Immerse yourself into the insect world as you get up close and personal with this centipede, grub, and friends.

Cicada Life Cycle – Immersion Theater – all weekend

Cicadas emerge from underground once every 17 years and undergo an incredible transformation in one night! Watch this cicada nymph shed its exoskeleton and transform into an adult in the time-lapsed sequence.

Insect Inspection – Nina Leopold Bradley Family Phenology Center – All Weekend

Use our insect ID guides and phenology tools to inspect and identify insects from Wisconsin and beyond!

Fireworks – Science on a Sphere – All Weekend

In honor of Independence Day, see our Science on a Sphere lit up with brilliant fireworks all month long!

Creepy Crawly CritterCast – Kids’ Climate Cast – All Weekend

See yourself on camera with some interesting insect co-stars!

“Puzzling Pond Critters” public program on Sunday, June 20, 10am-2pm
(extra fee for this program)

Join us to spend your morning at the pond! This easy trek will take you to the pond where we’ll meet some of its residents! Our naturalists will show you how to use nets to catch and identify the critters that live, breathe, and eat underwater. Program will be conducted outdoors, rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Pre-registration recommended; walk-ins accepted. Click here to find out more or to register for this program.

Admission into the exhibits and themed activities is FREE for ALNC Members and $5.50/person for Non-Members.


July 28, 2013
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


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



Aldo Leopold Nature Center