Welcome back! Our facility is now open on weekdays from 9am to 4pm and on weekends from 10am to 2pm.

Because we are a childcare facility and still following public health protocols, we will retain a few restrictions, including requiring masking indoors and limited access to some public offerings and areas of our facility. We may also have to adjust our hours or access on short notice. We appreciate your patience as we work through changes in staffing and schedules, and 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.

Community Access Fund

We believe:
When we are thoughtful about being inclusive in how we engage and educate,
we help students to know that nature is for everyone and is a safe place to learn and explore.


Our Community Access Fund supports initiatives that allow all children and their families to experience the wonders of the natural world. From tuition assistance and Wonder Bugs On the Road to dual-language initiatives and improved access to our hiking trails, your donation to the Community Access Fund engages and educates current and future generations of all backgrounds and abilities, empowering them to respect, protect and enjoy the natural world.

Together, we can serve more people in our community.

Initiatives the Community Access Fund supports include:
• Wonder Bugs On the Road, our mobile adult and child preschool program that meets at different community centers and schools in the Madison area in partnership with MMSD’s Play & Learn Program
• Tuition Assistance for children’s nature programs including Summer Camps, Nature School, Vacation Days, Wonder Bugs and Aldo Leopold Nature Preschool, providing financial support so that all children are able to engage with nature
• Improved access to our hiking trails to ensure visitors of all abilities might be able to access the wonders of the natural world
• Dual-language initiatives to increase access for members of our Spanish-speaking community to our nature-based programming
• And other initiatives such as teacher incentives and our partnerships with community organizations



Your donation supports access initiatives at ALNC, providing environmental education programs for children and families who – for whatever reason – are not be able to join.
A donation of:
$10 – Engages families in our community by providing educational supplies for our free indoor Nature Nooks
$20 – Enables preschool-aged children to partake in one hour of Wonder Bugs On the Road, allowing them to experience the natural world in a setting close to their home
$30 – Educates a child with a half day of nature camp, empowering them to reap the numerous benefits that a connection to the natural world provides

Aldo Leopold Nature Center