Our facility will be closed Wednesday through Friday, June 7th, 8th, and 9th,
for staff training and professional development.

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.

Get Involved

DonateAldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) is leading the way to ensure students of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature by offering positive and constructive learning opportunities that capture their interest, engage their senses and teach them to appreciate the interconnectedness of all living things. Join us!

For information on any of these opportunities, contact
Kelley Van Egeren, Director of Development & Stewardship at or 608-216-9373.


Interested in helping ALNC reach more children with innovative and hands-on educational programs?

Become a donor today and your investment will make a difference for more than 70,000 children, families and teachers each year!
Make a Donation



  • Acorns to Oaks Acorns to Oaks Endowment Fund
    Donations to this fund will help ensure that ALNC can continue to reach “knee-high naturalists” for generations. Your endowment will be invested annually and remain a living legacy to benefit the future of our community.
  • 168554_10151780816335397_1163490012_n Corporate Sponsorship
    Interested in linking your company to one of our popular events or programs? ALNC offers excellent marketing and benefits to our corporate partners. ALNC reaches over 50,000 participants throughout the year and works directly with partners to create value for your business and brand.
  • Matching Gifts Matching Gifts
    Your employer or professional associations may match your gift to ALNC, thereby doubling your gift’s impact. See your employer (either current or former) to inquire on their matching gift program and make a bigger difference today.
  • 311395_10150793689630397_1137091184_n Major Donors: The Nina Leopold Bradley Stewardship Circle
    The Nina Leopold Bradley Stewardship Circle recognizes donors who make a gift of $1,000 or more to support our work and mission. As an NLB Stewardship Circle member, you enable ALNC to engage, educate and empower children to become responsible stewards of the land.
  • ALphotoBino Our Planned Giving: Leopold Legacy Society
    By making a planned gift to ALNC, you join others who have made a future commitment to ensure ongoing support for our work and mission. Planned gifts include bequests through a will or trust, gifts from retirement accounts, or charitable gift annuities.
  • state_employees State Employees Combined Campaign
    Investing in environmental education is easier than ever through the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC). The campaign allows state and university employees to give to ALNC through a tax-deductible, direct payroll deduction.
  • Become a Member Become a Member
    Interested in receiving great benefits while showing your support of the Nature Center? Become a member today and enjoy the many advantages of membership throughout the entire year.
  • honorary_gifts Honorary Gifts A tribute gift to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center is a thoughtful and meaningful way to remember a loved one. Your memorial gift will help bring smiles to the faces of the tens of thousands of children who connect with nature at ALNC.
  • Monthly Giving Monthly Giving You can make your annual donation to ALNC in monthly installments via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Giving via EFT provides ALNC with a predictable source of support, saving both paper and time by eliminating regular membership renewal reminders.
  • 6a0133eff5c775970b0148c801899d970c-800wi Non-Cash Gifts
    More than cash gifts contribute to the success of ALNC’s programs and offerings. Your donation of time, goods and services, or a planned estate gift also helps us fulfill our mission and increase our impact. Find out how your non-cash gift can make a difference.
  • AA Posed with Paddles - sized Sponsor a Camper: Campfire Fund Help give Dane County’s most deserving children a summer they will always remember, and one that will provide them with a source of happiness and hope for their futures by donating to the Summer Camp Fund for Disadvantaged or Homeless Youth.
  • REI Group Volunteer
    There are dozens of ways to get involved including one-time volunteer opportunities, service learning opportunities for groups and much more! Become a volunteer today.

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