ALNC UPDATES

OUR FACILITY REMAINS CLOSED TO VISITORS, BUT IS OPEN FOR PROGRAMS.*

We invite you out for a hike to explore the magic of the natural world, our trails are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.

We ask that all staff and visitors follow our mask policy to help keep everyone safe and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Please stay tuned and do not hesitate to contact us with questions at alnc@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.

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

Homeschool Programs

Fall semester registration is now open!

We have some exciting changes taking place. Weekly topics will be offered two different times each week – on Mondays from 1 to 3pm and on Tuesdays from 9:15 to 11:15am. Topics will be available with the registration link. If you have any questions, please send an email to homeschool@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.
 
FALL HOMESCHOOL REGISTRATION
 


 

Price: $15/class

Sign-up for all sessions and save 10% • Members: Save an additional 10%

Other important updates include:

  • We will be conducting curbside drop-off and pick-up.
    • Parents need to stay in their vehicles at all times unless there are tears and the child needs help with the transition. If you need to leave your vehicle to escort your child to the group, a mask is required for all adults that enter the group, so please have one available.
    • A Verbal Health Screen will be conducted upon arrival.
    • Monday Homeschool: Drop-off is between 12:45 to 1pm and pick-up is between 2:45 and 3pm.
    • Tuesday Homeschool: Drop-off is between 9 and 9:15am and pick-up is between 11 and 11:15am.
    • Our staff will be conducting curbside check-in and check-out during these times only. If you must drop-off or pick-up outside of these windows, please contact 608-221-0404 x0.
  • Please expect and prepare your child to be outside at all times as long as weather permits.
  • All staff and participants will be required to wear masks when indoors and whenever possible outdoors.

 

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Please follow these instructions when registering. 
ALNC Members will automatically receive a 10% discount. If you are having trouble accessing your discount, please email us at alnc@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org 
Package Savings: Register for all classes to receive a discount.

In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be operating differently until further notice, taking additional precautions to help decrease risk 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:

  • Our facility remains closed to the public until further notice.
  • 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, but we have the ability to go indoors in the event of inclement weather.
  • Frequent handwashing will be required.
  • All staff and participants are required to wear masks when indoors and whenever possible outdoors. Please review our mask policy.
  • Our facility and materials will be disinfected frequently.
  • Groups will be kept small, and we will 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.

 


 

Join us to add an environmental education component to your home school curriculum! New this Fall! Classes will be offered twice weekly on Mondays from 1 to 3pm and on Tuesdays from 9:15 to 11:15am.

We will be grouping students based on age so that we can offer age-appropriate lessons. The topics will be similar, but older and younger students will explore varying age appropriate aspects of each topic.

Register online by clicking on the link above or give us a call at (608) 221-0404 x 1. For questions or additional information, please email us at homeschool@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org. Payment is needed to complete your registration and is non-refundable unless the class is canceled by ALNC staff. For supply and planning purposes, pre-registration and advance payment is required by the registration deadline to hold your spot in the class.

All homeschool classes are drop-off programs appropriate for children ages 5-12 years old.

For all sessions, registration deadline is the Friday prior to the class. This is done to allow ALNC to plan for group sizes and staffing needs. You may call to inquire about availability after registration closes, but please recognize that space may not be available.


Registration/Cancellation Policies
Payment is needed to complete your registration and is non-refundable unless the class is canceled by ALNC staff. If you notify us of cancellation within one week of the program the registration may be transferred into another class or a voucher (minus 15% administrative fee) will be issued. No vouchers or transfers are issued for absences for those enrolled in the full semester option. Any cancellations or non-attendance within one week of the program will result in a full charge of the class fee. For questions or to register by phone call (608) 221-0404 x 1 or send us an email at homeschool@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.

Weather
Programs are held rain or shine and always include an outdoor component unless there is severe weather. Please come dressed appropriately.

Grouping
Older and younger students will be grouped by age when applicable to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration. If your child has a friend or sibling of a similar age they would like to be grouped with, please let us know in your registration. For questions or to register by phone, call (608) 221-0404 x 1 or email us at homeschool@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.

Medical Form
Medical information is required for all ALNC drop-off programs. You will find these medical forms during the registration process and you can fill them out right away or sign back in at a later date to do this. Please fill out the information prior to your child’s first class at ALNC. Re-authorization and updated information is required annually (our calendar year starts over in June).

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