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.

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: 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

OUTDOOR ART MAKER (Art in the Outdoors Badge)
Meets steps 1, 2, 3


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

HOME SCIENTIST (Science and Technology Badge)
Meets steps 2, 3, 4, 5

HIKER (Outdoor Badge)
Meets steps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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

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

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

ECO FRIEND (Environmental Stewardship Badge)
Meets steps: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

LOVE WATER AWARD (WOW! Wonder of Water Journey)
Meets step: 1


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

Meets steps: 1, 2, 3, 5

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

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


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

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

TREES (Naturalist Badge)
Meets steps: 2, 3



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