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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.

After-School Groups

ALNC offers after-school programming for families as well as for site leaders working with existing afterschool programs.

Educators! Scroll down for Nature Nuts, our on-site after-school programs.


*NEW* After-School Program

K-5 After-School Program for students at Nuestro Mundo & Henderson Elementary School. The program starts Monday, September 12th, runs Monday through Friday until 5:30 PM, and accommodates early release days. Transportation to ALNC is provided at school dismissal; families pick up their children at ALNC.

Tuition assistance and payment plans are available. Wisconsin Shares is accepted.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Click the buttons to register by school below.

 
 

Contact schools@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org with questions and for more information.

 

Already registered? Login to access your program registration
 


After-School Nature Club

Tuesday After-School Nature Club is back! Geared for students in grades K, 1st, or 2nd ready for out-of-school exploration, After-School Nature Club meets from 3:30 to 5 pm every Tuesday afternoon and runs from September 20th through November 22nd. Students will discover the wonders of nature as the seasons change. Nature Club will be held completely outdoors and includes a light snack.

Tuition assistance and payment plans are available. Wisconsin Shares is accepted.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Register for Tuesday After-School Nature Club below.

 
 

Contact schools@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org with questions and for more information.

 
 


Gear

Students should bring:

  • Backpack.
  • Refillable water bottle. Drinking fountains will not be used for sanitary reasons, but places to fill water bottles will be available.
  • Comfortable shoes that can get wet.
  • Full change of clothes, including layers for all weather and a raincoat as needed.
  • Please label each item clearly with your child’s name.

Students should avoid bringing:

  • Any small trinkets, toys, etc.
  • Anything else easily lost or meant to be shared (pokemon cards, legos, etc).

Registration Policy

Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spots available. If you have a question about bringing a sibling to the program, please send us an email. If you are registered and will not be attending, please call to inform us of your child’s absence. For questions, please contact schools@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org or to register by phone, call (608) 221-0404 x 1.

Cancellation Policy

Please notify ALNC of any cancellations at least 14 days prior to the start of a program.
If informed at least 30 days before, ALNC will issue a refund to the original payment method for the paid cost of the program minus a 15% administrative fee OR issue a credit to a loyalty account* for the paid cost of the program minus a 15% administrative fee OR move your registration to a different program of equal value. If informed less than 30 days, but at least 14 days before, ALNC will issue a credit to a loyalty account* for the paid cost of the program minus a 15% administrative fee OR move your registration to a different program of equal value.

Any non-attendance or cancellations within 14 days of the start of a program will result in a charge of the FULL class fee – there are no refunds for missed programs.

If ALNC cancels a class for any reason (including COVID-19), you will be given the option of attending a different session at no charge or choosing from one of the following options:

  • A FULL REFUND to the original payment method
  • A CREDIT to a loyalty account*, good for future programming at ALNC
  • A TRANSFER of the paid cost of the program into a donation

If you do not respond with your preference within 14 days of the canceled program, ALNC will issue a credit for the paid cost of the program minus a 15% administrative fee to a loyalty account*.
*The balance in a loyalty account is considered forfeit or abandoned if there are no transactions involving the loyalty account for over 12 months.

Medical Forms

Completed medical information is required for all After-School participants. Medical forms are included during program registration – you may fill them out as you go or log back in to complete. If skipped, you will receive an email reminder from us requesting that you submit information prior to your child’s first program. Please contact the School Program Coordinator at schools@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org with any questions or concerns.
 


Nature Nuts After-School Program

Developed for site leaders at existing after-school programs, Nature Nuts is a comprehensive curriculum developed to guide students through a variety of hands-on outdoor experiences throughout the seasons. The curriculum has a three-year rotating theme so students experience a diversity of thematic elements over time. The goals of the Nature Nuts program are to:

  • Develop in children an appreciation of nature
  • Enhance children’s academic skills in reading, language arts, and mathematics
  • Teach students to embrace a learning attitude outside of the classroom setting
  • Help children gain a better understanding of the natural world and their place in it
  • Improve children’s self-esteem and leadership skills

Program topics are designed to be seasonally appropriate and focus on phenology activities (seasonal observations of natural events recorded in a journal). Topics may include birding, adaptations, mapping, and orienteering in the fall; glaciers, mammals, and survival skills in winter; and maple syruping, trees and wetlands in the spring. After-School programs in the summer are also available and feature a variety of topics, including water cycles, wildflower identification, and survival skills.

Can’t come to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center? Let us bring the Nature Nuts curriculum to your group! We will take advantage of whatever outdoor features are within walking distance of your site.

Planning your Trip:

  • Cost: $45 per Environmental Educator (EE) per hour
    (+ mileage for off-site programs) ($.625/mi round trip)
  • Student to EE Ratio: 10 students per EE grades K-2, 12 students per EE grades 3 and up
  • Transportation to and from ALNC is the responsibility of the group
  • Please let us know if there are any participants with special needs (physical, emotional, behavioral, etc.). This will aid us in planning for the entire group and make our programs educational and enjoyable for all!
  • Scholarship funding may be available for groups with a limited budget
  • Contact our School Program Coordinator to schedule your trip or for more information at (608) 221-0404 x 1 or schools@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.

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