ALNC’S FACILITY REMAINS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

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.

We have recently updated our mask policy to help keep our visitors, students, their families and our staff safe.

Please stay tuned for more information and do not hesitate to contact us with questions at alnc@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.

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

Wonder Bugs Program

KIDS POND DIPPING

WONDER BUGS UPDATE:

REGISTRATION FOR
WINTER IS NOW OPEN

Price: $12/class

Winter Wonder Bugs will be held Tuesday through Friday mornings and one Saturday a month in December, January, February and March. Weather permitting, Wonder Bugs will be held mostly outdoors (with access to the indoor restrooms). Pre-registration is encouraged, with online registration open until the day before each class. Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

Click here for Winter Wonder Bugs

Limited Space is still available in the fall program.

Click here for Fall classes

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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 alnc@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org)

Register online or contact our Early Childhood Program Coordinator at wonderbugs@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org or (608) 216-9383 with questions and for more information.

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. Please review our mask policy.
  • 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.

“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

 

Introduce your toddler or preschool-aged child to a wonderful natural world. This program is specifically designed for children ages 2-5. Each week, we’ll explore a different seasonal topic through hikes, outdoor exploration, music, puppetry, songs, stories and more. Each session will include a snack. An adult must accompany all children to the program.

“The Wonder Bugs program has been such a great way to get kids invested and excited about nature. Teacher Tara is incredible. She’s knowledgeable, creative and truly cares about each child’s experience. Great staff, great programs and events!”
-Joanna, Wonder Bug parent

Programs will be held regardless of the weather, as we are able to move activities indoors if needed. Each program includes an outdoor component– please bring appropriate gear! In the case of severe weather, outdoor activities will move indoors.

Programs are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the school year. And starting in March…watch for Wonder Bugs offered on the second Saturday of the month!
More details coming soon.

 
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 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 and advance payment is highly recommended as there is a limited number of spots available. Register for either Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Thursday AM or Friday AM. Classes run from 9:30-10:45am for morning sessions and 1:15-2:30pm for afternoon sessions. If you are registered and will not be attending, please call us to inform us of your child’s absence. For questions, please contact wonderbugs@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org. To register by phone, call (608) 221-0404 x 1.

Cancellation Policy
Please notify us of any cancellations at least 7 days prior to the session you are enrolled in (wonderbugs@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org). If you inform us at least one week before, we will issue you a voucher good towards another Wonder Bugs class or register you for an alternate session of Wonder Bugs. Cancellations for multiple sessions incur a 15% administrative fee. Any non-attendance or cancellations after this point (7 days) will result in the charge of the FULL class fee. ALNC does not give refunds for Wonder Bugs, only vouchers good for credit for future programming. If ALNC cancels a class for any reason, you will be given the option of attending a different session or a refund.

Sibling Policy
Wonder Bugs is an adult/child program for 2-5 year olds in fall and spring and 2-3 year olds in summer. If an older sibling is attending along with you that is old enough to participate, they should be registered as a participant. Younger siblings are welcome, but parents and caregivers must be prepared to remove a sibling from the program in order to preserve the parent-child experience for you and for others. If our instructors and other participants feel that younger children are affecting the quality of the program for others participating, you may be asked to leave.

Wonder Bugs On the Road
Supported by our Community Access Fund, we’ve expanded access to our Wonder Bugs Preschool Program by offering it – for free – at different Play and Learn sites throughout the Madison Metropolitan School District. Sign up through Play and Learn to participate in Wonder Bugs On the Road.

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