Our facility will be closed Wednesday through Friday, June 7th, 8th, and 9th,  
for staff training and professional development.

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.

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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Public Lecture: Migrations of Cranes – A Talk by George Archibald

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center and the Madison Science Museum are pleased to bring you a free public lecture by George Archibald, Co-founder & Senior Conservationist at the International Crane Foundation and visionary leader in international conservation efforts for four decades. When people commit to saving cranes, we join together to take action based on our shared values […]

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Bicycling for the Earth and Your Health

Celebrate Monona’s Year of the Bike and Green Living month at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center with the next in our public lecture series on nature, climate, energy, and sustainability! Join special guest Maggie Grabow (PhD, MPH) from the University of Wisconsin’s Global Health Institute to learn about the environmental and human health benefits of bicycling.   There are […]

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Public Lecture – No Going Back: Ethics and Institutions for the Anthropocene

Join the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a free public lecture by Paul Robbins, Professor and Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, in which he explores the ethics and institutions of our current planetary era. The world has entered a new condition, which many call the “Anthropocene,” a period of transformed Earth […]

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