Our facility will be closed on Friday, March 22nd for an all-staff meeting.
Our building will reopen to the public at 10am on Saturday, March 23rd.

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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Polar Express Month

December 7, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 28, 2013


Take a trip to the poles with the Aldo Leopold Nature Center this month! Our planet’s polar ice caps function as Earth’s air conditioners and play a critical role in climate change research and life on our planet. Check out our hands-on exhibits, hear about glacial explorations, watch amazing ice sheet footage in our giant theaters, and more. It’s a great time of year to learn more about the North (and South) Pole!

Special programs and activities include:

 “FROZEN” – Science on a Sphere
FROZEN features the global cryosphere, those places on Earth where the temperature doesn’t generally rise above water’s freezing point. Where the world stays cold over time, liquid water freezes. Where the world persistently grows warm, ice in its many forms thaws. It’s natural, therefore, to focus substantial attention on those parts of the Earth that historically depend on ice. Polar caps, high altitude glaciers, permafrost covered plains and many other cold regions play a vital role in global climate sustainability. As those regions and other cold places change, so changes the overall condition of the planet. Changing ice opens a dialogue about a variety of subjects, from the importance of gathering long terms records about the Earth, to the techniques scientists use to study our home from space, to the day-to-day habits that individuals and communities around the world adopt in relation to their environment.

Plus, hands-on activities and more!


December 7, 2013
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center
(608) 221-0404




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

Aldo Leopold Nature Center