ALNC’S FACILITY REMAINS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Even though our building is closed*, our trails are free and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.
We invite you to come out and enjoy the Wonders of Nature…it’s good for the mind, body and soul.

We have recently updated our mask policy to help keep our visitors, students, their families and our staff safe.

Please stay tuned for more information and do not hesitate to contact us with questions at alnc@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.

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

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.

In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be operating differently until further notice, taking additional precautions to help decrease risk to our students and staff. How this looks may change depending on the program and the current metrics of our community. We will always err on the side of caution and cancel or modify programs if we even suspect we’ve had a positive case on site and therefore ask families to be prepared for last minute alterations or cancellations of programs. While this may be inconvenient and challenging, we strongly believe it is the correct choice in order to keep your family, our staff and our community as safe as possible. We will promptly share information with public health authorities, families and staff as soon as we learn of a possible or confirmed positive case.

Depending on the program, changes in our operation during the pandemic include some or all of the following:

  • Our facility remains closed to the public until further notice.
  • We are requiring curbside pick-up and drop-off for some programs and outdoor meeting spots for others.
  • Most or all activities will take place outdoors, and we may need to cancel in the event of inclement weather.
  • Outdoor handwashing stations will be available throughout the ALNC grounds and frequent handwashing will be required.
  • All staff and participants are required to wear masks when indoors and whenever possible outdoors. Please review our mask policy.
  • Our facility and materials will be disinfected frequently.
  • Groups will be kept small, and we will restrict the number of programs, family members, chaperones or others allowed on-site.
  • In the event of a positive case or other community metrics, some programs may be canceled or postponed with short notice in accordance with public health guidelines.

 

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

We are proud to offer the following:

 

  • Boy tasting sapWonder Bugs Program Wonder Bugs is a year-round nature program specifically designed for children ages 2-5 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 School Field Trips Learning’s a “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. (Click here for adult and college group rates and options.)
  • BoywithMap Summer Nature Discovery & Adventure 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 Adventures with Laura Ingalls to Muckin’ in the Marsh and Overnight Family camps, there’s something for everyone to enjoy a summer of learning and discovery outdoors!
  • 6a0133eff5c775970b0148c801899d970c-800wi Adult & Teacher Workshops Whether you want to learn a new outdoor skill or brush up on teaching techniques, ALNC offers a wide variety of both adult and teacher workshops. (Adult group visits are welcome too! Click here for group rates and information.)
  • Emily in the Cattails Close UpFamily Public Programs & Special Events Leopold Discovery Day, Maple Syrup Fest, Fall Fest and Pipers in the Prairie offer exciting nature-oriented fun for the entire family.
  • 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. 
     
     
  • group shot on stageOff-Site Presentations For school groups, daycare centers, and more who are unable to visit ALNC, our naturalists deliver hands-on nature programs at your site!

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