Our facility will be closed Wednesday through Friday, June 7th, 8th, and 9th,
for staff training and professional development.

As always, you’re invited to hike our trails, which are open daily from dawn until dusk.

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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Maple Syrup Fest

March 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Celebrate spring with Maple Syrup Fest—a family-style festival at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center!

Come one, come all to our unique and unforgettable celebration of the season! This family-friendly event offers a blend of indoor and outdoor activities found nowhere else in Dane County. Stations throughout ALNC grounds will lead visitors through the history and science of maple syruping. Visitors will learn how to tap trees for sap and can enjoy free samples of maple syrup and maple cream. Maple ice cream sundaes will also be available for purchase. It really is a sticky-sweet way to kick-off spring!

Boy tasting sap

  • Learn how maple syrup is made with hands-on activities
  • Sample real tree sap, maple syrup, and maple cream
  • Test your nature smarts with maple syrup trivia
  • Visit the rustic Children’s Shack
  • Hike the trails, looking for signs of spring
  • Enjoy ice cream topped with maple syrup, for a fee

This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC!  Ice cream topped with maple syrup and Wonder Cookie food cart available for a fee.

FREE parking is available approximately two blocks away at Ahuska Park (400 E. Broadway) with a FREE shuttle (runs every 15-20 minutes).

Unfamiliar with Aldo Leopold Nature Center? Join us to learn what we are all about! 

No registration required, walk-ins welcome.


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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March 18
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus
330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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(608) 221-0404



Aldo Leopold Nature Center