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.

Sustainable Siting Initiatives

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s green features extend outside its facility walls. From the orientation of the building to the management of stormwater around the building and grounds, to native plantings and conscious landscaping, many aspects of the facility’s siting have been considered along with the interior.

Building Orientation:
Before the first shovel broke ground, the building’s orientation was planned to ensure that the Sun’s rays would hit the solar panels and windows for as many hours a day as possible, increasing indoor daylighting and maximizing solar energy output.

Rain Gardens:
During storms and downpours, runoff from the wooded drumlin has always been an issue, eroding our trails and creating washouts in front of the building. The new siting for the building funnels this water into several rain gardens. These gardens are designed to hold and absorb the rainwater and filter runoff, protecting ecosystems around ALNC and beyond. Native plants that thrive in wet conditions are planted in these gardens, proving that nature can be one of the most effective engineers!

Aldo Leopold Nature Center