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.
Big thanks to Amelia for bringing Jolene, the therapy dog, to the Nature Center!Last week, the After-School students learned about climate change, and Jolene, the therapy dog, came to visit on Thursday to ease some of the climate anxiety that may have emerged from studying this topic!Animal assisted interventions can benefit people in terms of general wellness and mental health by decreasing levels of stress-related hormones and lowering blood pressure. Simply interacting with an animal can reduce feelings of loneliness and boost one's mood by increasing feelings of social support!Before volunteering at the Nature Center, Amelia completed training as a handler through Pet Partners and Jolene went through a rigorous evaluation to become a registered Therapy Animal. Jolene had to demonstrate that she is sociable, friendly, and comfortable around adults and children. She also had to show good basic obedience skills and that she loves being petted! Thank you again, Amelia and Jolene, for coming and making a terrific team!Photos: Betsy Parker, Aldo Leopold Nature Center#ThankfulThursday #TherapyAnimals #ClimateAnxiety #WIEnviroEd #EveryBodyOutside #NatureIsEverywhere #NatureIsForEveryone ...