Even though our building is closed*, 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.

ALNC will be opening for limited summer camp programs starting July 6th. Access to the building will be restricted to ALNC Staff and Summer Campers.

We thank you for your patience as we determine the right course of action.
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.

Vacation Day Programs

ALNC is closed until further notice due to COVID-19*

All programs are canceled, including Vacation Day programs. If you are registered for programming that is canceled, our staff will contact you. If you have specific questions about Vacation Day programming, please contact us at Thank you.
*Please note, our date of reopen is based on recommendations from public health officials and other factors.

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. 

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PLEASE 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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