Our facility will be closed on Tuesday, August 29th for a Strategic Planning Meeting for our board and staff.

As always, our grounds and trails featuring self-guided tours are free and 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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Public Lecture: Forests and Humans

September 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

tree photoIn celebration of ALNC’s Forestry month, and to kick off the University of Wisconsin’s Forests and Humans Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), join us for a “Forests and Humans” public lecture from Dr. Catherine Woodward, including a tree identification walk through the ALNC grounds.

This public lecture on Wednesday, September 23 from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, will introduce many of the topics to be explored in University of Wisconsin-Madison MOOC Forests & Humans: From the Midwest to Madagascar (led by Dr. Catherine Woodward from September 30-October 28), with emphasis on the forest resources and services that humans depend upon, and how we can maintain these into the future. Dr. Woodward will lead a walking tour of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center grounds, focusing on the natural history and importance of Wisconsin’s unique woodland communities.

Catherine Woodward is a faculty associate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Biology Education, whose areas of interest and expertise include tropical ecology, habitat fragmentation, forest conservation. In addition to her work in forest conservation education and outreach in Wisconsin, Dr. Woodward also leads a semester-long study abroad course in Ecuador.

red maple bhThis presentation is free and open to the public. After the lecture, you are welcome to visit the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s Climate Education Center and enjoy our special Forestry-themed activities — or hike our grounds and explore our native woodlands.

(Outdoor trails and exhibit admission are free for lecture attendees, though donations are appreciated!)

Registration for the lecture is not required, but it’s recommended to pre-register as space is limited.

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September 23, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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