Our facility, including Aldo Leopold Nature Preschool, will be closed today,
Friday, March 10th, due to the winter storm.

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.

Monona Campus Trails & Terrain

Monona Campus TrailsMonona Campus TrailsA few simple rules will make everyone’s trip to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center an enjoyable experience. For the protection of the land and everyone’s enjoyment:


  • Stay on the trails
  • Do not pick wildflowers and plants
  • Refrain from picnicking or eating
  • Leave dogs and pets at home
  • Do not use bicycles or motorized vehicles
  • Respect all living things
  • Remember, you are nature’s guest!

Leopold Interpretive Trail
This award-winning trail leads visitors through examples of native Wisconsin habitats, with easy to understand explanations of various sites and questions that Aldo Leopold might have asked you, had he been standing next to you on the trail! To get the most out of your hiking experience, check out a Family Trailside Backpack full of seasonal outdoor activities to enjoy on your trek or use our QR codes to access our Digital Docent Walking Tour.


Aldo Leopold Nature Center