Our facility will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, and Friday, July 5th in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
Our building will reopen to the public at 10am on Saturday, July 6th.

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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Pipers in the Prairie & Festival Fire

October 5, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Light up the night sky for children’s environmental education!

Join us for our annual Pipers in the Prairie fundraising gala where we will celebrate 25 years
and unveil the new Aldo Leopold Nature Preschool and remodeled Aldo Leopold Nature Center Discovery Wing!

Bagpipers will enchant guests with their ethereal melodies during this unique and extravagant evening featuring:

  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • A hearty buffet of delicious hors d’oeurves and decadent desserts
  • Captivating Celtic music by West Wind and a prairie performance by the Green Man
  • Seasonally-inspired crafts for the kids
  • Exciting Irish dance demonstration by Cashel Dennehy
  • Pipers in the Prairie and Drummers on the Drumlin
  • A spectacular Festival Fire by Prairie Restorationists
  • Silent Auction – Online and Onsite


All proceeds from this celebration benefit children’s environmental education programming at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center.




Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres with Celtic Music by West Wind
Exclusive Onsite Silent Auction in the Conference Room
Self-Guided Tours of the Immersion Theater and Science on a Sphere
Children’s Crafts in the newly renovated Learning Labs–Green Man Staffs & Nature Necklaces


Irish Dance Demonstration


Welcome: Mike Strigel, Executive Director & Bob Lindmeier, WKOW-TV 27


Drummers on the Drumlin & Pipers in the Prairie


Appearance by the Green Man


Annual Festival Fire
Please feel free to continue your enjoyment of the Festival Fire and participate in the silent auction.



Adults (18+): $75; Children (5-17): $25; Children (4 and under): Free



Walk-in registration will be available on-site on the day of the event.


Online Silent Auction NOW OPEN! 



This Annual Event Is Made Possible Through Community and Corporate Partner Support – Thank You To All Of Our 2019 Partners!

If you are interested in partnering for our 2019 event or are looking for more information, please contact Kelley Van Egeren at (608) 216-9373.


2019 Event Partners







2019 Media Partners







2019 In-Kind Partners







Alluring Blooms • Angelo’s • Banzo • Blooms by Brandi • Buck and Honey’s • Carl’s Cakes • Concourse Hotel Catering • Cranberry Creek Catering • Denny’s • Essen Haus • Felly’s Flowers • Fraboni’s Italian Specialties • Gaylord Catering • Glass Nickel Pizza • Harvest • Jason’s Deli • Karben4 Brewing • Ken’s Meat & Deli • Klein’s Floral & Greenhouse • Linda’s Angels • Madison Sourdough Company • Manna Cafe • Marigold Kitchen • Organic Valley • Rocky Rococo’s Pizza • The Seafood Center • Starbucks • Tully’s II • Upstairs Downstairs Catering

Agrecol • Althea Dotzour Photography • American Players Theatre • Anytime Fitness • Aveda Institute • Bad Dog Frida • Benvenuto’s • Blue Plate Catering • Body in Balance • Boulders Climbing Gym • Carr Valley Cheese • Cave of the Mounds • Chicago Cubs • The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co • CIRC • Comedy Club on State • Community Pharmacy • Crystal Cave • Dance Easy • Dave Hoffman • Deja Food Group • Dexter’s Pub • Dinner Detective • Driftless Studio • Dykman Time Shop • Elements Massage • Marilyn Duguid • Emily Plants • Ephraim Pottery • Estrellon • Exclusive Inspirations • Festival Foods Finer DeTails Pet Spa • Float Madison • Food Fight • Forward Madison FC • Four Elements Organic Herbals • Fred Astaire Dance Studio • Funk Factory Geuzeria Galena Cellers Vinyard & Winery • The Graduate Madison • Grampa’s and Porters Elements Massage • Green Bay Packers • Green Cab Madison • Guthrie Theater Harbor Athletic Club • Harmony Valley Farms • Hilton Madison Monona Terrace • Human Nature LLC • Imperial Garden • Indulgences Wearable Art • Inner Fire Yoga Center for Wellness • J.H. Findorff and Sons • Julia Grace Salon • Jung Garden Center • Kneaded Relief Day Spa and Wellness • Lake Geneva Canopy Tours Larsen Photography • Lee Weiss • Mad Cat • Madison Capitols • Madison Children’s Museum • Madison Club • Madison Concourse Hotel • Madison Magazine • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art • Madison Symphony Orchestra • Marilyn Duguid • Mark Hirsch • Massage East • Metcalfe Market • Milwaukee Admirals Milwaukee Brewers • Milwaukee Public Museum • Morgan Shoes • Movin’ Shoes • Nick Offerman • Off Broadway Draft House • Olbrich Gardens • Orange Tree Imports • Pacific Cycle • Paradigm Gardens • Pasture and Plenty • Peaceful Heart Gifts and Books • Peg Smelser Pendarvis • Pinnacle Health and Fitness • Pirate’s Cove • Portage Country Club • Qēt Botanicals • REI • The Red Zone • Rejuvenation Spa • Rishi Tea • Ruthie Hauge Photography • Sardine • Schwoegler’s • Shedd Aquarium • Short Stack Slow Roll Cycle • Star Liquor • The Stoned Birdhouse • Stoughton Garden Center • Stoughton Opera House • Studio Z Salon • Table Wine • Taliesin • Trader Joe’s • Treinen Farm Corn Maze • The Vinery • Vitense Golfland • Willy Street Co-op • The Wood Cycle and more!


Volunteers Needed! If you are interested in assisting us at Pipers in the Prairie, please click here for available volunteer opportunities.


October 5, 2019
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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(608) 221-0404




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