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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Fall Fest featuring Festival Fire

October 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Join us for our spooky-ish celebration featuring a Festival Fire!

Fall Fest returns with Creatures of the Night, a fun-filled night of spooky nature activities in not-so-scary style! With activity stations indoors and out, there is plenty of FREE fall fun for everyone to enjoy.

Park your car at Ahuska Park and ride a FREE Shuttle* to ALNC.
Please note: The last shuttle will leave ALNC for Ahuska Park at 8:30pm.

Hungry? Food carts will be onsite.

Exciting activities include:

  • Discover what’s hiding in the BONE YARD
  • Hike torch-lit trails through the A-MAZE-ING BASSWOOD FOREST
  • Hear spooky stories in THE HAUNTED SHACK
  • Meet real live CREEPY CRAWLIES (Thank you MAHS!)
  • Participate in the COSTUME PARADE
  • Take a hike through the prairie and play NIGHT TIME NATURE BINGO
  • Warm yourself next to the FESTIVAL FIRE and more!

If you have a flashlight or two, bring them along! Otherwise, we will have a limited quantity for use on the trails.



This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC!
Haven’t been to ALNC before? Join us to see what we’re all about!

No registration required; walk-ins welcome!

FREE Shuttle from Ahuska Park!

A photographer may be onsite to document this event. If you would not like your photo taken, please advise the photographer. Thank you!

With appreciation to our 2023 partners who make programs like this possible!

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Kelley Van Egeren at


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October 6
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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



Aldo Leopold Nature Center