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.

Our Programs – A Natural Approach

ALNC is leading the way to ensure visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature by offering positive and constructive learning opportunities that capture their interest, engage their senses and teach them to appreciate the interconnectedness of all living things.

For hours, weather cancellation policies and additional visitor information, please click here.

We are proud to offer the following:


  • Afterschool Nature Club New this year! Afterschool Nature Club is geared for K-1 children ready to explore the great outdoors! This program meets Tuesdays afterschool.
  • Nature SchoolJoin us for excitement and adventure as we explore the sights and sounds of the changing seasons in the prairie, pond and woodlands. This outdoor education program meets Monday through Friday afternoon.
  • Boy tasting sapWonder Bugs Program Wonder Bugs is a year-round nature program specifically designed for children ages 2, 3 and 4 to explore and learn in nature with a parent or guardian.
  • 4yo with caterpillar rsVacation Day Programs Your child has off from school. Now what? Bring them for a day of exciting learning and adventure at one of the following programs offered during winter break, spring break, and other major vacation days for many area school districts!
  • ice hockey!Homeschool Program Come join us and let us add an environmental education component to your homeschool curriculum!
  • Group-in-Front-of-Pond Field Trips Learning’s “natural” during hands-on field trips at ALNC! We work with teachers to ensure that outdoor experiences are an integral part of a their classroom curriculum.
  • BoywithMap Summer Camps Outdoor adventure and hands-on nature activities encourage children, ages 2-16, to experience the great outdoors throughout the summer.  From Backpacking the Ice Age Trail to Muckin’ in the Marsh, there’s something for everyone to enjoy a summer of learning and discovery outdoors!
  • Emily in the Cattails Close UpPublic Programs Leopold Discovery Day, Maple Syrup Fest, Fall Fest and Pipers in the Prairie offer exciting nature-oriented fun for the entire family. Adult & Teacher Workshops provide educational development opportunities too!
  • ALNC School Programs Scout Programs Troop badge work, overnights, pre-scheduled programs, and Eagle Scout projects lead scouts to a deeper appreciation of the outdoor world.
  • GirlsDiggingBirthday Parties No kid is too old to celebrate naturally with a cool nature-themed birthday program and party at ALNC. 

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