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Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Madison

#8 of 17 in Parks in Madison
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
It is one thing to lead, but another to nurture – and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center does both. Through its programs and approach to education, ALNC provides a safe and positive environment for children and their families to explore the natural world – together. Whether it be discovering how tadpoles grow into frogs; investigating the variety of grasses in a prairie, or quietly soaking up the beauty of a summer sunset, ALNC provides an opportunity for children to connect to the land – to discover their own answers to life’s big questions and to create the relationships that will serve them for the remainder of their lives. Experiences at ALNC teach children the subtle, yet profound, lessons learned through nature.

Our approach is grounded in Aldo Leopold’s philosophy: “...teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands.” Our work is experiential and hands-on -- teaching students to slow down, to rediscover their own senses, and to use those senses in uncovering the environment around them. We hope you will join us as we educate and engage current and future generations, empowering them to respect, protect, and enjoy the natural world. We want today’s children to become responsible stewards of the land and healthy, confident leaders in a sustainable future.
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  • Nice place with lots of nature on hand. Multiple rooms for learning opportunities. beautiful flowers.  more »
  • The Aldo Leopold Center is relaxing, enchanting, and inspiring. Although the main building was closed due to Covid the grounds are open and amazing. So many different ecosystems in a small area...  more »
  • I am a first grade teacher. Yesterday I took my students to Aldo Leopold Nature Center for the Pioneer Days program they offer. It was so wonderful!! They do such a fabulous job with the kids; the docents lead well and are so kind to the students! We had Miss Grace and Miss Katherine yesterday and they were phenomenal! The Pioneer Days program is full of hands-on activities. This was my fourth year taking a class and I have yet to be disappointed!
  • Beautiful place. I went there for my first time with my daughter to attend a birthday party. Anyone who has never visited must check it out.

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