ALNC UPDATES

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.

Baby Bugs

NEW PROGRAM!

Join us for this NEW program for toddlers, ages 1 to 2! With their caregivers, Baby Bugs will engage in outdoor nature play that includes sensory experiences, songs, and plenty of adventure. Every week will be a unique exploration.

An adult must accompany all children to the program. Weather permitting, Baby Bugs is held mostly outdoors (with access to the indoor restrooms).

Tuition assistance and payment plans are available. Contact wonderbugs@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org for more information.

 

FALL BABY BUGS: Registration is now open!

The five week, fall session of Baby Bugs will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3 until 4pm, from October 19th until November 16th. The cost of the fall session is $60.
 
WEDNESDAYS: 3 to 4 PM
 

Contact our Early Childhood Program Coordinator at wonderbugs@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org or (608) 216-9383 with any questions.

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“We had a wonderful experience with Wonder Bugs. Our daughter still sings the Wonder Bugs song all the time and asks us to join in. She also has taken more of an interest in the natural world, especially when she sees something we talked about directly in the program (spiders, butterflies, frogs, etc).”
– Wonder Bugs Parent

 
For questions or to register by phone call (608) 221-0404 x 1

Exploring a flowerBaby Bugs Objectives:

  • Provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with their child in a natural setting,
  • Foster a sense of wonder for the natural world,
  • Foster admiration and respect for the land.

 
 

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 wonderbugs@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.

 
 
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”
– Rachel Carson

Aldo Leopold Nature Center