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.

Vacation Day Programs

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 days that many area school districts have off, these programs are a perfect way to keep your child engaged on their days off of school. AfterCare provides flexibility for busy families.

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.

Tuition assistance and payment plans are available. Contact camps@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org to inquire about availability.

Program Update

Registration for 2022/2023 is now open! Vacation Day programs are offered on days off of school for Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Monona Grove School District (MGSD), and Aldo Leopold Nature Preschool (ALNP).

Vacation Day Programming: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cost: $70/day

AfterCare: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Cost: $20/day

REGISTER HERE FOR 2022/2023
 
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Vacation Day students should bring:

  • Backpack.
  • Lunch.
  • Refillable water bottle. Drinking fountains will not be used for sanitary reasons, but places to fill water bottles will be available.
  • Comfortable shoes that can get wet.
  • Full change of clothes, including layers for all weather and a raincoat as needed.
  • Please label each item clearly with the camper’s name.

Campers should avoid bringing:

  • Any small trinkets, toys, etc.
  • Anything else easily lost or meant to be shared (pokemon cards, legos, etc).

Registration Policy

Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spots available. If you have a question about a program or pairing your child with another student, please 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 camps@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 camps@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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