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.

Public Lecture: Live from Antarctica! / En Vivo Desde Antártida!

Juan Botella, PolarTREC teacher researcher and science teacher at Monona Grove High School, followed his dream of becoming an oceanographer when he went to Antarctica in 2011 to study the changes in seawater properties due to climate change. He assisted with studies aboard the research icebreaker Nathanial B. Palmer, from the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, through the Southern Ocean and […]

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January 2016 – Polar Express

Take a trip to the poles with the Aldo Leopold Nature Center this month! Interesting, stark, and beautiful, our globe’s polar ice caps function as the planet’s air conditioners and play a critical role in climate change research and life on our Earth. Check out our hands-on exhibits, watch stunning ice sheet imagery, learn about […]

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Aldo Leopold Nature Center