Our facility will be closed Monday, January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day.
We plan to reopen on Tuesday, Jan 17th at 9am.

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 Madison. Stations throughout ALNC grounds will lead visitors through the history and science of maple syruping and related activities. 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 sweet way to kick-off spring!

Boy tasting sap

  • Taste REAL maple tree sap
  • Test your nature smarts with maple syrup trivia
  • Learn how maple syrup is made
  • Tour the rustic Children’s Shack
  • Learn the legend behind the first maple syrup
  • Try early 19th century tools and imagine farm life in the 1800s
  • Watch maple syrup cooking demonstrations
  • For a small fee…enjoy ice cream topped with real Wisconsin maple syrup

This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC! 

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

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

No registration required, walk-ins welcome.


Thank you to our 2020 Maple Syrup Fest Partners! If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Kelley Van Egeren at


Our 2020 Event Partners

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Stafford Rosenbaum LLP


Our 2020 Media Partners

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Our 2020 In-Kind Partners

The Chocolate Shoppe · Maple Valley Cooperative · Willy Street Co-op


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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Aldo Leopold Nature Center