Our facility will be closed on Tuesday, August 29th for a Strategic Planning Meeting for our board and staff.

As always, our grounds and trails featuring self-guided tours are free and 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.

Volunteers Needed for Pipers in the Prairie

Our major fundraising event of the year, Pipers in the Prairie is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th and we need your help!

This is a fun event and goes by quickly. Below are the positions for which we need volunteers. Please contact Kelley Van Egeren if we can count on you on Friday, October 4th, for event set up, and/or Saturday, October 5th, for the event. Please contact Kelley with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to hear from you soon!

Friday, October 4: Morning and/or Afternoon shifts of 2-4 hours for Pre-event Prep

Mulch trails, trim specific trails, sweep driveway, etc. (6+ volunteers needed)
Set up tables, move chairs, slice bread for crostini, etc. (6+ volunteers needed)

Saturday, October 5: DAY of EVENT

9:30 am – 11:30 am
Prep Catering Assistants: Cut up cheese, make crostini, fruit, veggies, heat water for chafing dishes, plated desserts, clean windows, pick up trash, place groundhog hole flags, wipe walls etc. (4-6 volunteers needed )

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Food Procurement: Pick up food from various restaurants; deliver to ALNC (6-8 volunteers needed)

2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (3 to 4 hour shifts, time is flexible)
Catering Assistants: Arrange food on tables, serve hors d’oeuvres/desserts, wash dishes as needed, assist with clean-up (8+ volunteers needed)

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Parking Assistants: Assist guests with parking (2 volunteers needed)

4:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Beverage Servers: Serve guests non-alcoholic and/or alcoholic beverages (4-6 volunteers needed)

8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Clean Up Crew: All volunteers who can stay to help break down tables/chairs, put away supplies, mop/vacuum floors, clean kitchens, pick-up trash, etc. (20+ dedicated staff and& volunteers needed until finished)


ALNC, as always, will provide:
· A fun and unique experience
· Complimentary refreshments — pizza, beverage and a sweet treat
· An opportunity to watch the Prairie Drama, Pipers in the Prairie procession and/or Festival Fire (as time allows)
· Opportunity to bid on silent auction items – normally reserved for guests (as time allows)
· Satisfaction knowing you are contributing to a worthy organization and an awesome event

Aldo Leopold Nature Center