After a week and a half away, all classes meet today, Wednesday, February 17th.


However, 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

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

Girl Scouts

Bring your scouts to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center while you work towards a variety of petals, badges, and journeys. From Daisies to Cadettes, 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 troop! 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. Any late payments may result in a $25 late payment fee.

Ratio: Daisies = 10 scouts/educator; Brownies and up = 12 scouts/educator

Booking: Call (608) 221-0404 x 1 or 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)
• Troop 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.


DAISY PROGRAMS | Grades K-1 or ages 5-7

GOLDEN HONEY BEE AWARD (Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey)

BIRDBATH AWARD (5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals! Journey)

ROSIE’S PETAL (Make the World a Better Place)
Meets steps 1, 2, 3

ECO LEARNER (Outdoor Badge)
Meets steps 1, 2, 3


BROWNIE PROGRAMS | Grades 2-3 or ages 7-9

HOME SCIENTIST (Science and Technology Badge)
Meets steps 2ab, 3abc, 4bc, 5b

HIKER (Outdoor Badge)
Meets steps 1a, 2ab, 3c, 4a, 5abc

SENSES (Investigation Badge)
Meets steps 1ab, 2ab, 3ab, 4b, 5a

BUGS (Naturalist Badge)
Meets steps 1a, 2c, 3a, 4b, 5b

PAINTING (Artist Badge)
Meets steps: 2b, 3abc, 4a, 5abc

LOVE AWARD (WOW! Wonder of Water Journey)


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

Meets steps: 1c, 2b, 3b, 5c

GEOCACHER (Adventure Badge)
Meets steps: 1a, 2ab, 3ac, 4a

PLAYING THE PAST (Creative Play Badge)
Meets steps: 3a, 4b


CADETTE PROGRAMS | Grades 6-8 or ages 11-14

NIGHT OWL (Adventure Badge)
Meets steps: 1c, 2b, 4a, 5c

TREES (Naturalist Badge)
Meets steps: 2ab, 3ab



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.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center