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

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

Vacation Day Programs

Fall Program Update:

Fall registration opens August 9. Vacation Day programs will be offered on days off of school for Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and Monona Grove School District (MGSD) for the 2021-22 school year. 


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, and we may need to cancel in the event of inclement weather.
  • Outdoor handwashing stations will be available throughout the ALNC grounds and frequent handwashing will be required.
  • All staff and participants are required to wear masks when indoors and whenever possible outdoors.
  • 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.

Your child has off of school – now what? Bring them for a day of exciting learning and adventure at one of our Vacation Day programs! Offered during winter break, spring break, and other major vacation days that many area school districts have off, these programs are a perfect way to keep your child engaged on their days off!

All vacation day programs are drop-off programs appropriate for children ages 5-12 years. Please bring a sack lunch for all full-day programs! AM and PM snacks are provided. Scholarship funds may be available. Contact to inquire about availability or to request an application. 

Already registered? Login to access your program registrationPLEASE NOTE: We have a new database! Please follow these instructions when registering.
ALNC Members: Use your discount code to receive 10% discount. (Don’t have a code, check your email or email us at
Extended Day is available to help meet the needs of parents with busy schedules. During before and after program hours, children can participate in supervised outdoor games, exploration, or just playing or relaxing before or after an active day. To register for individual days, click the link on the Vacation Day program page.

Drop off and Pick up times for Extended Day options:
AM:  Drop off your child as early as 8 am, program starts at 9 am
PM:  Program ends at 4 pm, must pick up by 5:30 pm

Already registered for camps and need Extended Day? Click here to add Extended Day
Vacation Day Pricing
Full Day Vacation Day: $60
Early Release Vacation Day: $36*
Extended Day (AM): $8/child/day**
Extended Day (PM): $12/child/day**
*Offered when MMSD or MGSD schools get out between 10:30am to 12:00pm.
**Extended Day runs from 8 to 9 am and 4 to 5:30 pm each day. You can drop off and pick up your child anytime within those windows.
School year 2019-2020 dates: ALNC anticipates holding Vacation Days on the following 2019-2020 dates, although reserves the right to make changes to this schedule. Dates will be posted seasonally for registration.
September 30
October 25 & 31
November 1, 15, 21 & 27
December 2, 9, 23, 26-27 & 30-31
January 2-3, 20 & 24
February 7, 21, 24 & 28
March 6, 20, 27 & 30-31
April 1-3, 10 & 27


Registration policies
Your registration is not completed until payment is received and your payment is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by ALNC staff. Pre-registration and advanced payment is highly recommended as classes do fill up.  For questions or to register by phone, call 608-221-0404 x 1.
Medical Form
Completed medical information is required for all Vacation Day participants. Medical forms are included during program registration – you may fill them out as you go or log back in to complete. If skipped, you will receive an email reminder from us requesting that you submit information prior to your child’s first program. Please contact the Camp Coordinator ( if you have any questions or problems.
Cancellation Policy
Please notify us of any cancellations at least 7 days before the program.
If you inform us:

  • At least 2 weeks in advance, we will provide a refund (minus 15% administrative fee) or transfer you to an alternate session.
  • At least 1 week in advance, we will issue you a voucher (minus 15% administrative fee) or transfer you to an alternate session.
  • Any cancellations or non-attendance after 1 week will result in a full charge of the class fee.

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