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.

Wonder Bugs Program

Join us for our fall 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).

Tuition assistance and payment plans are available. Contact to inquire about availability.


WINTER WONDER BUGS: Registration opens at NOON on December 1st

What’s NEW?
  • Wonder Bugs registration will be by the season! Sign up for a block of programs throughout winter. Registering for individual dates is no longer available.
  • Wonder Bugs is offered six times a week! This once-a-week program is offered Tuesday through Friday (9:30 to 10:45 am), Tuesday and Thursday (11:15 to 12:30 pm), and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.

Winter Wonder Bugs Pricing ($15/class)
  • Weekday Classes (Monday-Thursday): $150 for 10 weeks
  • Friday Classes: $135 for 9 weeks (No WBs on 2/24)
  • Saturday Classes: $75 for 5 weeks (1st & 3rd Saturdays)


Contact our Early Childhood Program Coordinator at or (608) 216-9383 with any questions.

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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

4yo with caterpillar rsWonder Bugs Objectives:

  1. Provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with their child in a natural setting,
  2. Foster a sense of wonder for the natural world,
  3. Foster admiration and respect for the land.


Registration Policy

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 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.

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

Aldo Leopold Nature Center