Due to the extreme cold and COVID precautions,
the Wonder Bugs program is cancelled Wednesday, Jan. 26th.


We invite you out for a hike to explore the magic of the natural world, our trails are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.

We ask that all staff and visitors follow our mask policy to help keep everyone safe and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Please contact us with questions at

*Please note our facility’s date of reopen to the public is based on public health recommendations and other factors.

Our Facility

ALNC with new 11k sq. ft. additionThe Monona Campus, with its gentle, glaciated patchwork of oak savanna, wetlands, prairies and woodlands provides a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life that surrounds it. Here, visitors are invited to explore local flora and fauna on the nature trails, visit the Children’s Shack and explore our Nature Nook play spaces as well as participate in family-friendly public programs.

Visit us! We love visitors at ALNC! Our trails are free and open to the public from dawn until dusk. Our Nature Nook play spaces, gift shoppe, lobby and restrooms are open to the public at no cost.

Check out our Visit Us page to discover all of the cool things to do as you plan your next visit!


Our free hiking trails featuring self-guided tours are open daily from dawn until dusk!
To protect our wildlife, conservation areas and other visitors, we do not allow dogs or other pets on our grounds.
Leashed service animals, marked as such, are allowed on trails and public areas of the facility.


With information changing rapidly about the spread of COVID-19, we thank you for your patience
as we determine the right course of action to help ensure public health.

*Please note our date of reopen will be based on public health recommendations and other factors.

The Nature Center building including Visitor Services and
Nature Nook play spaces, Gift shop and Lobby space are open:

Monday through Friday: 9am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 2pm

(Closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July Fourth,
Thanksgiving and Winter holiday.
Please see our winter weather policy or call for additional closings.)

Admission to all of our indoor play spaces is FREE!

Visit us seven days a week to connect with nature and learn about our world! As always, our hiking trails remain FREE and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. Check our Calendar of Events to view public events and guided programs.

Interested in EMPOWERING children with the countless benefits of nature?
Click here for information on becoming an ALNC Member!


The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) is dedicated to remaining accessible to the community and general public while making every effort to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for our students, visitors, and staff. For more information on how we are expanding access, please see our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEAs) Policy Initiative. All staff, volunteers, visitors and members of the public shall maintain reasonable personal conduct and decorum while on the premises. Please see our Personal Conduct Policy for more information. If you have specific questions or special needs, please call 608.221.0404, ext. 0.

Pet Policy
To protect our wildlife, conservation areas and other visitors, we do not allow dogs or other pets on our grounds. Leashed service animals, marked as such, are allowed on trails and public areas of the facility.

Interested in taking your family, engagement, graduation, prom, or senior photos at ALNC? Please do! This public land is for all to use. We simply ask that you avoid any educational programs, events or facility rentals that may be taking place and that you follow Leave No Trace principles. We gladly accept donations to help maintain our facility and grounds.

For wedding photos, large-scale photo shoots or access to specific locations, please coordinate ahead of time by calling (608) 221-0404 x 0 or emailing

Prescribed Burns
We work to conserve and restore our grounds in the spirit of Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic for healthy ecosystems, habitat for native flora and fauna, educational programs, and the enjoyment of our community. Our staff and land stewards employ the teachings of Aldo Leopold and other best practices for land management, including seasonal prescribed burns. For more information on why, when and how we burn, please review our information on prescribed burns.

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is committed to sustainable practices and technologies, and our facility showcases innovative renewable energy systems, building techniques, and sustainable practices and initiatives including use of solar energy, water efficiency systems, sustainable siting, and more. Click here for more information!

Winter Weather Policies
As a general rule, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center will be closed and programs canceled if the City of Madison public transit services are discontinued (full service cancellation) due to inclement weather or at our own discretion. If a closing occurs, a notice will be put on our homepage as well as on our Facebook page.


Please consider these alternative transportation options for visiting us!

Monona Campus
330 Femrite Drive,
Monona, WI 53716

    1. Take the South Beltline (Hwy 12-18) to Monona Drive. Exit North and continue past the Monona Drive/Broadway Street intersection.
    2. Turn East on Femrite Drive and pull into the driveway after the Monona Meadows sign on the North side of the street. There is a sign for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Monona’s Woodland Park.
    3. Follow the driveway up the hill; the Nature Center is located just south of the main parking lot. All buses must park in the first parking lot. For schools, this is also where students will greet the Naturalists.


Aldo Leopold Nature Center