Our facility will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, and Friday, July 5th in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
Our building will reopen to the public at 10am on Saturday, July 6th.

As always, our grounds and trails featuring self-guided tours are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.

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

As always, our grounds and trails featuring self-guided tours are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.

Immersion Theater

Photo credit: Andrew Jalbert















The Aldo Leopold Nature Center has a state-of-the-art panoramic immersion theater created in conjunction with:

–          NASA satellite data and imagery

–          Minnesota Regional Planetarium Network

–         Uniview software developed at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History

–         The Elumenati, Milwaukee-based immersive visualization company

This new, state-of-the-art immersion theater at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, WI is the only one of its kind in the entire United States, making it a true gem within the Madison community. Its cutting-edge projection system displays a full complement of immersive software featuring data imagery from Earth to the furthest reaches of outer space, all driven from a touchscreen interface for user-driven and docent-led exploration.

This dynamic new theater allows us to engage visitors in seamless interactive tours from the edge of the universe to the tiniest details on Earth, provoking questions regarding the nature of the universe and our role in protecting our fragile planet – our little blue marble. A visitor-driven touchscreen kiosk allows visitors of all ages to interact with immersive media from outer space to our home planet to our local ecosystems. For in-depth and educational presentations from our naturalists and teaching staff, please look at our many guided programs and group tour options.

Our passion and hope here at Aldo Leopold Nature Center is to find new and exciting ways to bridge the gap between students’ increasing screen time and their understanding of and connection with the natural world.

The Immersion Theater is part of our Climate Science Education Center and is included in your admission.

Photo Credit: Andrew Jalbert
Photo Credit: Andrew Jalbert
Photo Credit: Andrew Jalbert

Aldo Leopold Nature Center