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.

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.

Trailside Backpack – Scouts

Enhance your scouts’ exploration of nature with our Trailside Backpack Program! ALNC offers four seasonally themed backpacks containing easy-to-understand Exploration Guides and a host of tools to help your troop investigate and discover. Backpack activities may be used with scouts of all ages. Our seasonal themes are Spring is in the Air (spring), Crawling Critters (summer), Amazing Adaptations (fall), and Snug in the Snow (winter).

Cost: $3 per backpack (multiple backpacks available for larger groups)

Drop-in hours are year-round Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm and Weekends
10am-2pm.  Backpacks are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reservations are recommended.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center