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.

Cub Scouts

Bring your scouts to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center while you work towards a variety of badges, adventures and awards. From Lions to Webelos, we’ll help you explore and learn all about the outdoors!

Don’t see the topic you are looking for? Contact us to see if we can create a tailored program for your pack! General topics are available ranging from Pond Exploration to Seasonal Discovery to Snowshoeing!

Fee: $50/educator per 1.5 hour program or $67/educator per 2 hour program. Full payment is due the day of the program. Late payments may result in a $25 late payment fee.

Ratio: Lions, Tigers and Wolf Cubs = 10 scouts/educator; Bear Cubs and up = 12 scouts/educator

Booking: Email for more information or to schedule a program. We will need the following details to complete your reservation:
• Preferred program date(s) and time(s)
• Pack number
• Contact name, phone number, email address, and billing address
• Program topic(s)
• Anticipated group size
• Optional: credit card information for advanced payment

Weather Policy: Please dress for the weather and the season; all programs have outdoor components and are held rain or snow or shine! In the case of thunder, lightning, or extreme weather, alternate indoor activities will be provided. In the rare event that ALNC does cancel a program, we will issue a full refund.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Program cancellations require at least one week’s notice. Programs cancelled after that time will be charged the full amount.


LION CUB PROGRAMS | Grade K or ages 5-6

MOUNTAIN LION (Required Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3

READY, SET, GROW (Elective Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3


TIGER CUB PROGRAMS | Grade 1 or ages 6-7

MY TIGER JUNGLE (Required Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3

TIGERS IN THE WILD (Required Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

SKY IS THE LIMIT (Elective Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3, 5


WOLF CUB PROGRAMS | Grade 2 or ages 7-8

CALL OF THE WILD (Required Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

HOWLING AT THE MOON (Required Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3

PAWS ON THE PATH (Required Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

FINDING YOUR WAY (Elective Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3, 4


BEAR CUB PROGRAMS | Grade 3 or ages 8-9

BEAR NECESSITIES (Required Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3, 4

FUR, FEATHERS AND FERNS (Required Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

SUPER SCIENCE (Elective Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 3, 4, 5


WEBELOS PROGRAMS | Grades 4-5 or ages 9-11

CAST IRON CHEF (Required Adventure)
Meets requirements 2, 3

WEBELOS WALKABOUT (Required Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3, 4*, 5
*Snack not provided; hike may be shorter than 3 miles

CASTAWAY (Elective Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2

EARTH ROCKS (Elective Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

INTO THE WILD (Elective Adventure)
Meets requirements 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

INTO THE WOODS (Elective Adventure)
Meets requirements 1, 2, 3, 6



OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AWARD | Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos
Cub Scouts may earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. Leaders should encourage scouts to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.
Outdoor activity options: 1, 2, 3, 6*, 8, 10, 13
*Participate in a conservation project by joining a Land Steward Work Day (March-November)

The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual scouts to “think globally” and “act locally” to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we and our world environment are interdependent.
Wolves – meets requirements: 1, 3, 4*;
Bears – meets requirements: 1, 4*;
Webelos – meets requirements: 2, 3, 4, 6*

*Participate in a conservation project by joining a Land Steward Work Day (March-November)



The Aldo Leopold Nature Center may have projects available to fulfill Eagle Scout requirements. Please contact our Facilities & Grounds Manager, for more information at (608) 216-9387 or



Enhance your scouts’ exploration of nature with our Trailside Backpack Program! ALNC offers four seasonally themed backpacks containing easy-to-understand Exploration Guides and a host of tools to help your troop investigate and discover. Backpack activities may be used with scouts of all ages. Our seasonal themes are: Spring is in the Air (spring), Crawling Critters (summer), Amazing Adaptations (fall) and Snug in the Snow (winter).

Cost: $5 per backpack (multiple backpacks are available for larger groups) – checking out a Trailside Backpack is free with a Family Membership

Drop-in hours are 9am to 4pm on weekdays and 10am to 2pm on weekends. Backpacks are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reservations are recommended.

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