We are ready to welcome the public back to our facility on weekdays (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm),
with weekend public hours coming in the future.

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.

Afterschool Groups

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

Educators! Scroll down for on-site afterschool programs through Nature Nuts.

ALNC’s Afterschool Nature Club

Afterschool Nature Club is geared toward students in grades K-1 who are ready for out-of-school exploration! Offered on Tuesdays, this program fosters a sense of wonder and awe in the discovery of nature. Nurture your child’s curiosity of nature.

Tuition assistance is available. Contact to inquire about availability.

Program Update

Registration for the spring session is open.

Spring Session

Dates: April 5th through May 31st, 2022 (9 weeks) 
Time: 3:15 to 5:00 pm
Cost: $165

Already registered? Login to access your program registration
Please follow these instructions when registering.

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.
  • Mask with a baggie to keep in (extra masks are recommended). ALNC requires masks be worn inside the building.
  • Comfortable shoes that can get wet.
  • Full change of clothes, including layers for all weather and a raincoat as needed.
  • Baggie containing: markers and/or crayons and a pencil and/or pen. If you do not have a supply or access to these at home, ALNC can provide an individual baggie for your camper.
  • 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).

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy (If ALNC cancels a program due to COVID-19)

  • You will be contacted and asked for your refund preference.
  • You may request a full refund, a credit towards future programs, or donate your program fees.
  • If you do not respond with a preference by a specified date, ALNC will issue you a credit (good for future programming) less a 15% administrative fee.

In the interest of public health, we will be taking additional precautions to help decrease risk of illness from COVID-19 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:

  • 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.
  • In spring, summer and fall, outdoor handwashing stations will be available throughout the ALNC grounds and frequent handwashing will be required.
  • All staff and participants (ages 2 and up) are required to wear masks indoors. Please review our mask policy.
  • Our facility and materials will be disinfected frequently.
  • Groups will be kept small, and we may 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.

Registration policies
Your registration is not complete until payment is received. Pre-registration and advanced payment is highly recommended as classes do fill up. For questions or to register by phone, call 608-221-0404 x 1.
Medical Form
Completed medical information is required for all Afterschool 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 ( if you have any questions or problems.
Cancellation Policy*
Please notify us of any cancellations at least 7 days before the program. If you inform us:

  • At least 1 month in advance, we will provide a refund (minus 15% administrative fee) or transfer you to an alternate session, if available.
  • At least 2 weeks in advance, we will issue you a voucher (minus 15% administrative fee) or transfer you to an alternate session, if available.
  • Any cancellations or non-attendance less than 2 weeks beforehand will result in a full charge of the class fee.

*Cancellation policy may change due to COVID-19.

Nature Nuts Afterschool Program

Developed for site leaders at existing afterschool 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, Native Americans, mammals, and survival skills in winter; and maple syruping, pioneering, 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, pioneering, and primitive 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: $45 per naturalist per hour
    (+ mileage for off-site programs) ($.575/mi round trip)
  • Student to Naturalist Ratio: 10 students per naturalist grades K-2, 12 students per naturalist grades 3 and up
  • Transportation to and from the ALNC is the responsibility of the group
  • Special Needs: 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

Aldo Leopold Nature Center