Our facility, including Aldo Leopold Nature Preschool, will be closed today,
Friday, March 10th, due to the winter storm.
As always, you’re invited to hike our trails, which are open daily from dawn until dusk.
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.
Join us for our Wonder Bugs weekly sessions with your 2 through 4 year old! We will use our senses to explore the flora and fauna of the nature center, as well as to investigate seasonal changes in the weather and landscape. Sessions may include songs, stories, movement, games, crafts, and science experiments. A light snack will be provided during each class. Every week will be a unique adventure!
The Wonder Bugs program is designed for children ages 2, 3, and 4 and their parent or caregiver. An adult must accompany all children to the program. Weather permitting, Wonder Bugs is held mostly outdoors (with access to the indoor restrooms).
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“We had a wonderful experience with Wonder Bugs. Our daughter still sings the Wonder Bugs song all the time and asks us to join in. She also has taken more of an interest in the natural world, especially when she sees something we talked about directly in the program (spiders, butterflies, frogs, etc).” – Wonder Bugs Parent
For questions or to register by phone call (608) 221-0404 x 1
Wonder Bugs Objectives:
Provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with their child in a natural setting,
Foster a sense of wonder for the natural world,
Foster admiration and respect for the land.
Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spots available. If you have a question about bringing a sibling to the program, 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 email@example.com or to register by phone, call (608) 221-0404 x 1.
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. If ALNC cancels more than one class for any reason, you will be given the following options:
A FULL REFUND for canceled classes to the original payment method
A CREDIT for canceled classes to a loyalty account*, good for future programming at ALNC
A TRANSFER of the cost of canceled classes into a tax-deductible donation to ALNC
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 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.
Wonder Bugs On the Road
Supported by our Community Access Fund, we’ve expanded the Wonder Bugs Preschool Program by offering it – for free – at different Play & Learn sites throughout the Madison Metropolitan School District. Sign up through Play & Learn to participate in Wonder Bugs On the Road.
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”
– Rachel Carson
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Citizen science opportunities with our amphibious, green and brown friends!The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to participate in the annual Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey to help document frog and toad breeding calls throughout the state this spring and summer.The DNR is specifically looking for night-loving volunteers as most monitoring shifts have to be conducted in the dark. Volunteers can participate in three different projects: - The traditional ‘Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey,’ which requires volunteers to drive along a pre-set route for three nights.- The ‘Mink Frog Survey’ where volunteers listen in the Northwoods, once during the day and once at night, along routes targeting ideal mink frog breeding habitats.- The ‘Phenology Survey’ where volunteers choose one wetland to monitor for five minutes per night throughout the frog calling season to record data when frogs and toads first start calling each spring. Read more about these opportunities here: dnr.wisconsin.gov/newsroom/release/69041#CitizenScience #FrogAndToadSurvey #WIEnviroEd #NatureIsEverywhere #NatureIsForEveryone #EveryBodyOutside ...