The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) is a private not-for-profit organization created in 1994 to promote environmental education in the region through the operation of a state-of-the-art nature center in Monona and the establishment of Nature Net, The Environmental Learning Network. A second facility, the Black Earth Campus was added in 2003. Our primary services are naturalist-led programs on the land and in the classroom, family programming, after-school programs, summer camps, seasonal family programs, scout and homeschool programs, special events and teacher training workshops. Service populations include more than 40,000 school children, families and teachers each year across the state of Wisconsin.
Recognizing the need to provide opportunities to connect children with nature throughout their youth, ALNC utilizes both facilities for its innovative and hands-on environmental education programming. The Monona Campus, with its gentle, glaciated patchwork of child-scaled oak savanna, wetlands, prairies and woodlands is the ideal setting for young children to explore the wonders of the natural world. Yet as these children grow they need the challenge and stimulation the rugged unglaciated terrain at the Black Earth Campus provides. From toddlers to teens, ALNC “...teaches the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands,” in the spirit of renowned ecologist Aldo Leopold.