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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus

330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
(608) 221-0404

The Monona Campus, with its gentle, glaciated patchwork of oak savanna, wetlands, prairies and woodlands provides a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life that surrounds it. Here, visitors are invited to explore local flora and fauna on the trails and see how their observations connect to global phenomena through interactive exhibits.

April 2014

Natural Painting – PM Session

April 16, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8

Learn how to paint an outdoor landscape, try painting without a brush and even work together to paint a mural! Bring your creativity and nature will provide the rest.

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Wetland Wake-Up

April 17, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10 – $55

Become a wetland ecologist for the day! We’ll visit the pond and marsh to listen closely for croaks, chirps, trills, and whistles of frogs and toads to learn how to identify them. We’ll also bird watch with binoculars and try to find some spring migrants, peek in the pond to see what creatures have emerged, and explore all areas wet and muddy in this “ribbiting” investigation!

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Birdbath Award – AM Session

April 17, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8

Have you ever had a bird nest in a tree in your backyard or under your deck? We will learn all about birds and how to protect them and other animals as we earn the Birdbath Award.

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Birdbath Award – PM Session

April 17, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8

Have you ever had a bird nest in a tree in your backyard or under your deck? We will learn all about birds and how to protect them and other animals as we earn the Birdbath Award.

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Eco Play Day

April 18, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10 – $55

Aldo Leopold was well known for his “land ethic,” and teaching about the importance of caring for the outdoors. We will learn how we can help nature and then, the rest of the day will be spent enjoying time in nature! We will play games using natural materials and enjoy spending time outside on a spring day.

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Earth to Egg (Tuesday)

April 22, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Earth Day is the perfect time to celebrate eggs, inside and out. We’ll also explore some animals that hatch from eggs. Games, crafts and songs will make it an egg-cellent day!

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Earth Day Celebration!

April 22, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Earth Day was a day started by Wisconsin native, Gaylord Nelson, with the goal of taking care of our Earth through eco-friendly activities. Join us as we discover some of the green features of the building while working on outdoor restoration projects in the spirit of Earth Day.

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Earth to Egg (Wednesday)

April 23, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Earth Day is the perfect time to celebrate eggs, inside and out. We’ll also explore some animals that hatch from eggs. Games, crafts and songs will make it an egg-cellent day!

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Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop

April 27, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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CANCELED!  Sunday, April 27, 2014 10am-4pm In this workshop, participants will create a sample piece to play with texture and color, then create a one of a kind work of art, perfect for cool nights in the spring or cold winter days.  Nuno felting is a technique that bonds loose fiber, in this case Merino wool, into a lightweight, flowing felt fabric.  This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate wet felters. Ages 16+ please; ages 14-15 welcome with adult.…

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Sensational Senses (Tuesday)

April 29, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Come explore the natural world using all of your senses! When all is said, seen, heard, smelled, tasted and done you will be wanting more and more and more.

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Phenology through Photography Part II

April 29, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Things sure have changed since the middle of winter time! We will record phenological observations and then use cameras and other technology to track and compare these observations with others, even those taken by the Leopold family at the shack!

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Sensational Senses (Wednesday)

April 30, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Come explore the natural world using all of your senses! When all is said, seen, heard, smelled, tasted and done you will be wanting more and more and more.

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May 2014

Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop

May 4, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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10am-4pm In this workshop, participants will create a sample piece to play with texture and color, then create a one of a kind work of art, perfect for cool nights in the spring or cold winter days.  Nuno felting is a technique that bonds loose fiber, in this case Merino wool, into a lightweight, flowing felt fabric.  This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate wet felters. Ages 16+ please; ages 14-15 welcome with adult. Please Bring the following supplies:…

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Shake a Leg! (Tuesday)

May 6, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Move and dance like baby animals and their mamas. Live guest appearances are sure to fluff you up with knowledge!

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Woodland Park Discovery Day

May 6, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Across from the Nature Center driveway is the City of Monona’s Woodland Park. We’ll explore this wonderful, wooded area for newly emerging spring wildflowers and mushrooms!

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Shake a Leg! (Wednesday)

May 7, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Move and dance like baby animals and their mamas. Live guest appearances are sure to fluff you up with knowledge!

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How Gull-ible Are You? (Tuesday)

May 13, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

You can “sea” these birds just about anywhere. But don’t let the commonness of these birds keep you at home, though. Soar this way and discover new gull-icious facts today!

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Communities

May 13, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Aldo Leopold wrote: “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” During this program, we define, compare and contrast different types of communities and explore the different natural communities found at the Nature Center.

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How Gull-ible Are You? (Wednesday)

May 14, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

You can “sea” these birds just about anywhere. But don’t let the commonness of these birds keep you at home, though. Soar this way and discover new gull-icious facts today!

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Raptor Rapture (Tuesday)

May 20, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Humans aren't the only animals at the top of the food chain. Come discover the exciting world of raptors! Sharp talons and curved beaks so many more features of which we shall speak.

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Wetland Romp

May 20, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Wetlands provide a unique home to specialized plants and animals, and help people too. Put on your muckin’ shoes to explore the mysterious inhabitants of wetlands!

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THE PASSENGER PIGEON’S EXTINCTION: LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

May 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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THE PASSENGER PIGEON'S EXTINCTION: LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE (Public Lecture) Stanley A. Temple A free public lecture (6-7:00pm), followed by a guided tour of the nature center and exhibits (7-8:00pm) In 1914 the last surviving Passenger Pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo, ending a calamitous half-century in which the pigeon declined from billions to one and then to none as a result of uncontrolled market hunting and the resulting disruption of nesting colonies. The loss of…

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Raptor Rapture (Wednesday)

May 21, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Humans aren't the only animals at the top of the food chain. Come discover the exciting world of raptors! Sharp talons and curved beaks so many more features of which we shall speak.

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Mussel Mania (Tuesday)

May 27, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Are you strong enough “two” tackle this topic? You won’t find pearls in these bivalves, but you will go home with some pearls of wisdom. Join us for a cracking good time!

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Nature Journaling

May 27, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Now is a great time to reflect on all of the activities we did during the winter and spring! You will get to make your very own nature journal to take home with you and record in throughout the summer time.

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Mussel Mania (Wednesday)

May 28, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Are you strong enough “two” tackle this topic? You won’t find pearls in these bivalves, but you will go home with some pearls of wisdom. Join us for a cracking good time!

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June 2014

June Bugs (Tuesday)

June 3, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

June is here and summer is near! Get ready to cheer and jitter as we learn all about the June bug and its grub.

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June Bugs (Wednesday)

June 4, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

June is here and summer is near! Get ready to cheer and jitter as we learn all about the June bug and its grub.

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Fishing Family Fun

June 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$7 – $29

Fishing was one of the activities most enjoyed by Aldo Leopold as a youngster; join us to learn why in this introduction to angling! You’ll see examples of different types of rods and reels, practice casting, learn how to tie basic fishing knots, and catch worms to use as bait as you fish in our pond!

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Leopold Education Project

June 17, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$20

Join us in learning how to use Leopold’s writings as a springboard for engaging students in science, literature, math and social studies. A recently developed collection of activities entitled, Exploring the Outdoors with Aldo Leopold, encourages flexibility, and creativity, using the lessons in a variety of subject matters. The hands-on critical thinking activities teach students about nature and conservation while striving to instill what Leopold called “ the land ethic”, an appreciation of and respect for the land and how it should be used.

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July 2014

Puzzling Pond Critters

July 12, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$7 – $29

Join us to spend your morning at the pond! Our naturalists will show you how to use nets to catch and identify the critters that live, breathe, and eat underwater.

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ALNC Open House

July 13, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Free

Explore ALNC at our Open House with FREE admission to our interactive indoor exhibits and nature nooks, FREE family activities, FREE nature walks, door prizes, refreshments, and more!

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Public Lecture: Climate Change, Rainfall and Wisconsin Communities

July 24, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Free

Photo by Madeline Gotkowitz, WICCI Are you interested in the impacts of climate change and how it will affect present communities and future generations in Wisconsin? Join the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a free public lecture by David S. Liebl, Statewide Outreach Specialist for UW-Extension and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI). Throughout the state, communities need to plan for heavier rains and flooding, as well as drought and an increased demand for safe drinking water. During…

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August 2014

Geology Rocks!

August 2, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey Calling all rock hounds! This August, learn about geology in our exhibits all month long! Examine rocks, minerals, fossils, and all the other awesome geological features of our planet. Explore maps, identify minerals, and study fossils at hands-on exploration stations. Learn about the movements of Earth’s crust, view real-time earthquakes across the globe, and much more with stunning Science on a Sphere animations and visuals. Step into the shoes of a geologist, study stratigraphy,…

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Geology Rocks!

August 3, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey Calling all rock hounds! This August, learn about geology in our exhibits all month long! Examine rocks, minerals, fossils, and all the other awesome geological features of our planet. Explore maps, identify minerals, and study fossils at hands-on exploration stations. Learn about the m

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Project Learning Tree: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

August 7, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$30

Exploring nature is a complete sensory experience, and early encounters with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of children's imaginations and their senses of wonder and curiosity—important motivators for lifelong learning. Participants of this workshop will develop new skills, learn how to adapt activities to their classrooms, share expertise with other educators, and receive a collection of educational resources from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Geology Rocks!

August 9, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey Calling all rock hounds! This August, learn about geology in our exhibits all month long! Examine rocks, minerals, fossils, and all the other awesome geological features of our planet. Explore maps, identify minerals, and study fossils at hands-on exploration stations. Learn about the movements of Earth’s crust, view real-time earthquakes across the globe, and much more with stunning Science on a Sphere animations and visuals. Step into the shoes of a geologist, study stratigraphy,…

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Geology Rocks!

August 10, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey Calling all rock hounds! This August, learn about geology in our exhibits all month long! Examine rocks, minerals, fossils, and all the other awesome geological features of our planet. Explore maps, identify minerals, and study fossils at hands-on exploration stations. Learn about the movements of Earth’s crust, view real-time earthquakes across the globe, and much more with stunning Science on a Sphere animations and visuals. Step into the shoes of a geologist, study stratigraphy,…

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Yoga For Good – Evening Yoga Class at ALNC

August 13, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Every Wednesday from August 13 to October 1
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8 – $75

Join us for an 8-week gentle yoga class at the beautiful Aldo Leopold Nature Center!

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Yoga For Good – Evening Yoga Class at ALNC

August 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8 – $75

Join us for an 8-week gentle yoga class at the beautiful Aldo Leopold Nature Center!

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Yoga For Good – Evening Yoga Class at ALNC

August 27, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8 – $75

Join us for an 8-week gentle yoga class at the beautiful Aldo Leopold Nature Center!

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September 2014

September — Blue Marble: Earth From Space

September 6, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Apollo 17's 'Blue Marble' (Wikimedia) Planet Earth is home to countless ecosystems, overwhelming numbers of species, and billions of people. It’s easy to think about the seemingly endless resources and diversity that covers our globe. But taking a step back and viewing things from another perspective, we are reminded that our fragile planet is alone in the vast darkness of Outer Space – it’s all we have, and we’re all in this together! Looking at Earth from Space is a…

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September — Blue Marble: Earth from Space

September 7, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Apollo 17's Blue Marble (Wikimedia) Planet Earth is home to countless ecosystems, overwhelming numbers of species, and billions of people. It’s easy to think about the seemingly endless resources and diversity that covers our globe. But taking a step back and viewing things from another perspective, we are reminded that our fragile planet is alone in the vast darkness of Outer Space – it’s all we have, and we’re all in this together! Looking at Earth from Space is a…

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Fall 2014 Wonder Bugs Package (T)

September 9, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10 – $96

Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Save with our Fall Package! Join us this fall to explore a different seasonal topic each week through hikes, outdoor exploration, music, puppetry, songs, stories and more. This package includes all of the Tuesday sessions September 9th through November 25th.

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Stop, Drop & Roll (T)

September 9, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 7, 2014
No, there isn't a fire. But try to catch a roly-poly bug and watch what happens. Turn over logs, hunt in the woods, and roll around in fun-filled songs and crafts!

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Fall 2014 Home School Package

September 9, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10 – $135

Registration Deadline: September 5, 2014
Save with our fall Package and let us help add an environmental education component to your home school curriculum! This package includes all 15 sessions from September 9th through December 16th.

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Fall 2014 Wonder Bugs Package (W)

September 10, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10 – $96

Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Save with our Fall Package! Join us this fall to explore a different seasonal topic each week through hikes, outdoor exploration, music, puppetry, songs, stories and more. This package includes all of the Wednesday sessions September 10th through November 26th.

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Stop, Drop & Roll (W)

September 10, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 7, 2014
No, there isn't a fire. But try to catch a roly-poly bug and watch what happens. Turn over logs, hunt in the woods, and roll around in fun-filled songs and crafts!

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Yoga For Good – Evening Yoga Class at ALNC

September 10, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8 – $75

Join us for an 8-week gentle yoga class at the beautiful Aldo Leopold Nature Center!

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New Energy Economy: Barriers, Challenges, and Opportunities

September 11, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Join us the evening of Thursday, September 11, for the next in our series of public lectures on climate, energy, and sustainability! New Energy Economy:  Barriers, Challenges, and Opportunities by Gary Radloff, Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis, Wisconsin Energy Institute Source: wikipedia.org Energy needs and solutions are changing around the world, in the U.S., and in Wisconsin. How fast and how dynamic the energy transition will occur remains unclear due to policy and economics. This presentation will look at significant…

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Fall 2014 Wonder Bugs Package (F)

September 12, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10 – $86

Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Save with our Fall Package! Join us this fall to explore a different seasonal topic each week through hikes, outdoor exploration, music, puppetry, songs, stories and more. This package includes all of the Friday sessions September 12th through November 21st (No class Friday, November 28th).

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Stop, Drop & Roll (F)

September 12, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 7, 2014
No, there isn't a fire. But try to catch a roly-poly bug and watch what happens. Turn over logs, hunt in the woods, and roll around in fun-filled songs and crafts!

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Bank On It (T)

September 16, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Bubbles of fun are gurgling your way today. Ride the wave of games and activities as we explore the marsh and pond. Water your way to new learning growth today!

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Prairie BINGO

September 16, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 12, 2014
Go on a Nature Quest Scavenger Hunt to find objects and signs of animals in the prairie! We’ll play “Camouflage” in the tall grass and use matching cards to find the specialized plants that make up the prairie. If your team is the first to discover all clues you win Prairie BINGO!

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Bank On It (W)

September 17, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Bubbles of fun are gurgling your way today. Ride the wave of games and activities as we explore the marsh and pond. Water your way to new learning growth today!

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Yoga For Good – Evening Yoga Class at ALNC

September 17, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8 – $75

Join us for an 8-week gentle yoga class at the beautiful Aldo Leopold Nature Center!

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Bank On It (F)

September 19, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Bubbles of fun are gurgling your way today. Ride the wave of games and activities as we explore the marsh and pond. Water your way to new learning growth today!

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Goosy Goosy Gander (T)

September 23, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Whither do you wander? Are you flying south for the winter or braving the cold? Only our eyes will behold! Come fly in the wonders of geese; we guarantee the fun shall never cease.

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Rocks & Minerals

September 23, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 19, 2014
Ever wonder where minerals come from or how rocks are made? We will observe, discover and learn about the 3 types of rocks and how they each are formed.

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Goosy Goosy Gander (W)

September 24, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Whither do you wander? Are you flying south for the winter or braving the cold? Only our eyes will behold! Come fly in the wonders of geese; we guarantee the fun shall never cease.

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Yoga For Good – Evening Yoga Class at ALNC

September 24, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8 – $75

Join us for an 8-week gentle yoga class at the beautiful Aldo Leopold Nature Center!

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Goosy Goosy Gander (F)

September 26, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Whither do you wander? Are you flying south for the winter or braving the cold? Only our eyes will behold! Come fly in the wonders of geese; we guarantee the fun shall never cease.

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Trees Please! (T)

September 30, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Today, we will reach for new heights. Come get up close and personal with trees. Stories and games will branch out your knowledge, and at the end of the day you’ll be asking for more!

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Ants and Insect Life

September 30, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014
Work in teams to make an insect “nest” and create scent trails to food and other survival needs! We’ll also communicate like bees (through “dance”) and catch insects on land and in the water to study.

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October 2014

Trees Please! (W)

October 1, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Today, we will reach for new heights. Come get up close and personal with trees. Stories and games will branch out your knowledge, and at the end of the day you’ll be asking for more!

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Yoga For Good – Evening Yoga Class at ALNC

October 1, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8 – $75

Join us for an 8-week gentle yoga class at the beautiful Aldo Leopold Nature Center!

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Trees Please! (F)

October 3, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Today, we will reach for new heights. Come get up close and personal with trees. Stories and games will branch out your knowledge, and at the end of the day you’ll be asking for more!

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October — Wild About Weather

October 4, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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A tornado touching down near Anadarko, Oklahoma (Wikimedia) From storms to sunshine, heat waves to natural disasters, weather rules our world. Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts from the UW Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, use tools to take your own weather measurements, learn the science behind the cycles, give an on-camera weather forecast, and immerse…

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October — Wild About Weather

October 5, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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From storms to sunshine, heat waves to natural disasters, weather rules our world. Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts from the UW Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, use tools to take your own weather measurements, learn the science behind the cycles, give an on-camera weather forecast, and immerse yourself in our Storms360 Theater. Weather you like it or…

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Tails At Night (T)

October 7, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Opossum tails aren't tall but they sure are good for hanging. Learn all about this shy night-loving animal and have fun hanging around.

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Leaf Factories

October 7, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 3, 2014
Take a tour inside of one of nature’s amazing machines – leaves! We’ll learn all about chlorophyll and how photosynthesis works. We’ll then hike to see what colors are appearing on our trees and learn why they change color and fall off in autumn.

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Tails At Night (W)

October 8, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Opossum tails aren't tall but they sure are good for hanging. Learn all about this shy night-loving animal and have fun hanging around.

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Tails At Night (F)

October 10, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Opossum tails aren't tall but they sure are good for hanging. Learn all about this shy night-loving animal and have fun hanging around.

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Geocaching: Session 1 (Junior Girl Scouts)

October 11, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8

Dive into the world of technology as we learn what a GPS unit is and how to use it, and then we will go outside and find geocaches hidden around the nature center.

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A Lens on the Natural World

October 11, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10 – $140

Aldo Leopold Nature Center is delighted to partner with photographer Lisa Frank for this 4-day workshop! Each day the class will begin with time spent outdoors at the ALNC and Edna Taylor Conservation Park. Participants will be given projects that will help develop and strengthen their awareness of a reciprocal relationship with nature, their observational skills, their sensory perception and their artistic spirit.

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Geocaching: Session 2 (Junior Girl Scouts)

October 11, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8

Dive into the world of technology as we learn what a GPS unit is and how to use it, and then we will go outside and find geocaches hidden around the nature center.

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October — Wild About Weather

October 12, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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A tornado touching down near Anadarko, Oklahoma (Wikimedia) From storms to sunshine, heat waves to natural disasters, weather rules our world. Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts from the UW Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, use tools to take your own weather measurements, learn the science behind the cycles, give an on-camera weather forecast, and immerse…

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What Goes Up… (T)

October 14, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

…Must come down. There is much to see up in the forest canopy. Explore this hands-down truly exciting forest habitat. We’ll play games and explore down below until the fun comes up! You won’t want to leaf it for later.

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Crazy about Climate!

October 14, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 10, 2014
We will learn all about Wisconsin’s past, present and future climate. Learn the difference between weather and climate, record current weather data, and learn how we can help be a part of the solution.

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What Goes Up… (W)

October 15, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

…Must come down. There is much to see up in the forest canopy. Explore this hands-down truly exciting forest habitat. We’ll play games and explore down below until the fun comes up! You won’t want to leaf it for later.

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What Goes Up… (F)

October 17, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

…Must come down. There is much to see up in the forest canopy. Explore this hands-down truly exciting forest habitat. We’ll play games and explore down below until the fun comes up! You won’t want to leaf it for later.

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October — Wild About Weather

October 18, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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A tornado touching down near Anadarko, Oklahoma (Wikimedia) From storms to sunshine, heat waves to natural disasters, weather rules our world. Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts from the UW Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, use tools to take your own weather measurements, learn the science behind the cycles, give an on-camera weather forecast, and immerse…

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Leaf Man (T)

October 21, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Leaves and art, oh my! What shapes will we see as the leaves blow by? Mix and match, sort and glue, we love fall—how about you?

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Apple Science

October 21, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014
Come join us for a smorgasbord of science featuring a favorite fall fruit. We’ll dissect an apple, discover how flowers turn to fruit, make apple art and learn about physics and reactions with apple eruptions!

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Leaf Man (W)

October 22, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Leaves and art, oh my! What shapes will we see as the leaves blow by? Mix and match, sort and glue, we love fall—how about you?

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The Six-Degree World and What We Can Do

October 23, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Join us on the evening of Thursday, October 23, as we welcome repeat guest lecturer, Dr. Richard Steeves, Radiation Oncologist at UW Health and Professor Emeritus in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Human Oncology. Dr. Steeves will be discussing the writings of British author and activist Mark Lynas and incorporating his own views on conventional vs. unconventional energy sources and the impacts of nuclear energy on individuals, society, and the planet. This program is part of…

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Leaf Man (F)

October 24, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

Leaves and art, oh my! What shapes will we see as the leaves blow by? Mix and match, sort and glue, we love fall—how about you?

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October — Wild About Weather

October 25, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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A tornado touching down near Anadarko, Oklahoma (Wikimedia) From storms to sunshine, heat waves to natural disasters, weather rules our world. Throughout October, we’ll be wild about weather with ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Hear from meteorology experts from the UW Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, use tools to take your own weather measurements, learn the science behind the cycles, give an on-camera weather forecast, and immerse…

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FIRST® LEGO® League Project Presentation

October 25, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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Wisconsin FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) teams will be sharing their research completed for the 2014 WORLD CLASS℠ Challenge. This challenge asks teams of kids ages 9-14 to come up with innovative ways to improve learning for the future. Public admissions visitors can stop by on Saturday, October 25, between 10:30am-12:30pm, to see these projects, ask questions, and get a glimpse of how these teams plan to change the way we learn. This event is hosted by BadgerBOTS Robotics, an educational…

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Moon Over My Corn (T)

October 28, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

The moon at night is big and bright. Deep in the heart of nature! At harvest time it likes to shine. Deep in the heart of nature! Get ready to reap the fun and gather the facts about this delicious time of year!

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Bats: Bug Busters!

October 28, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014
“Bats eat bugs, they don’t eat people!” Learn the David Stokes song and multiple fun facts about bats. We’ll play a game on bat echolocation, learn how mother bats find their young in hibernacula, and one participant will “become” a bat complete with bat adaptations.

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Moon Over My Corn (W)

October 29, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

The moon at night is big and bright. Deep in the heart of nature! At harvest time it likes to shine. Deep in the heart of nature! Get ready to reap the fun and gather the facts about this delicious time of year!

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Yoga For Good – Evening Yoga Class at ALNC

October 29, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Every Wednesday from October 29 through December 17
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8 – $75

Join us for an 8-week gentle yoga class at the beautiful Aldo Leopold Nature Center!

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Apple Science

October 30, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10 – $50

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 27, 2014
Apples today keep the no-school blues away! Come join us for a smorgasbord of science featuring a favorite fall fruit. We’ll learn how to use a cider press, explore different types of apples, bake an apple snack, dissect an apple, make apple art and learn about physics and reactions with apple eruptions!

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Golden Honey Bee: Session 1 (Daisy Girl Scouts)

October 30, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8

Earn your Golden Honey Bee award as we plant a seed in your Daisy Flower Garden at ALNC! We’ll learn all about bees and do a “pollination dance”, visit with some ladybugs and other insect allies, and learn all about plants and how they grow up.

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Golden Honey Bee: Session 2 (Daisy Girl Scouts)

October 30, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8

Earn your Golden Honey Bee award as we plant a seed in your Daisy Flower Garden at ALNC! We’ll learn all about bees and do a “pollination dance”, visit with some ladybugs and other insect allies, and learn all about plants and how they grow up.

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Deer John (W)

October 31, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

You are in luck! Deer do not write goodbye letters for the winter. They bed down here and leap over there. Today the songs, games, and fun a-bound!

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Phenology Through Photography

October 31, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$10 – $50

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Phenology is the study of changes over time and is happening all around us! We will learn about phenology and the connection Aldo Leopold had with recording observations over time. Then, we will use technology to record observations and compare them to others taken before.

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Moon Over My Corn (F)

October 31, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$9 – $10

The moon at night is big and bright. Deep in the heart of nature! At harvest time it likes to shine. Deep in the heart of nature! Get ready to reap the fun and gather the facts about this delicious time of year!

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Wonders of Water: Session 1 (Brownie Girl Scouts)

October 31, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus, 330 Femrite Drive
Monona, 53716 United States
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$8

Learn to LOVE, SHARE, and SAVE water during this fun-filled program! We’ll help you earn your LOVE water journey award as we learn all about the water cycle and the importance of wetlands to water quality as we search for critters in the pond.

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