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.

Nature School (aka Homeschool)

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER & SPRING SESSIONS BEGINS DEC 1st AT NOON

WINTER & SPRING SESSION REGISTRATION
 

WHEN DOES THE WINTER SESSION MEET?

SINGLE DAY SESSION (MON): 12:30 until 3:30 pm, Jan. 23rd to Mar. 24th (9 weeks), $225
MULTI-DAY SESSION (TUES & THURS): 9am until Noon, Jan. 23rd to Mar. 24th (9 weeks), $450

Spring session will be held the same days and begins the week of April 3rd. It runs six weeks.

What’s NEW in Nature School?

  • Homeschool is now known as Nature School! We feel that name change better fits the program as it is not only homeschool students who attend each week.
  • Classes are now 3 hours long! The longer session will give us more time to explore the grounds as well as incorporate more nature play into our day.
  • We offer TWO different attendance option! Children can attend one or two days a week. Once a week will be offered on Mondays from 12:30 to 3:30pm. Twice a week will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to Noon.
  • Multi-class sign-ups! Registration occurs in approximately six week sessions. We no longer offer single class sign-ups.
  • Specific topics are not be listed ahead of time. This allows the Educators to adjust for ideal topics given the season/weather/time of year. We will also use student interests to help determine what teaching topics. Remember that time we had snowshoeing with no snow?
  • Format changes mean pricing adjustments. The single day per week winter session will be $225 and the two days a week winter session will be $450. Register before 12/31/22 to use your 10% membership discount.

If you have any questions, please send an email to homeschool@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.


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ALNC Members will automatically receive a 10% discount. If you are having trouble accessing your discount, please email us at alnc@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org 

 

Join us to add an environmental education component to your home school curriculum!

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.


Registration Policy

Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spots available. If you have questions or would like help registering, please call or 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 homeschool@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.

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 Forms

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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