Member Event – ALNC Fall Programs

A great list of opportunities coming from organizational member Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Programs available for families, educators, and all ages of children. 

Family Geocaching Adventure

Saturday, September 8

1 – 4 pm

AT Black Earth Campus

Join us for a modern day treasure hunt!  Geocaches are hidden containers that you track down using GPS units.  Learn how to use a GPS unit and spend the afternoon on a geocaching adventure at ALNC’s Black Earth Campus to find caches.  We’ll also have a crash course in map and compass orienteering, a good skill to have in case technology fails. GPS units will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have one.  Pre-registration required.

ALNC members: $6/person or $20/family; Non-members: $7/person or $25/family

 

World Of Water Wonder Weekend
Saturday, September 15, 11 am – 4 pm & Sunday, September 16, Noon – 4 pm

Celebrate the Year of Water in Monona with a special water-themed Wonder Weekend where you’ll enjoy guided exploration of interactive exhibits, fun family activities and pond walks, learn how watersheds are impacted by weather, climate, energy, and daily water-usage, and more! Plus, don’t miss out on special presentations from The Natural Step Monona. In addition to self-guided exhibit hours, new Wonder Weekends, offered the third weekend of every month, give visitors a more in-depth exploration of the exhibits and feature special speakers and new interactive presentations each month. Topics and themes change monthly, so come back often and bring your friends for a new experience each visit!

Admission: $5.50/person; members receive free admission for three people
Pipers in the Prairie & Festive Fire

Saturday, September 29, 4:30 – 8 pm

Don’t miss the 10th annual Pipers in the Prairie fundraiser at ALNC! This Celtic-themed seasonal celebration will captivate guests of all ages as they enjoy:

  • ·               The entrancing sounds of Pipers in the Prairie and Drummers on the Drumlin!
  • ·               Spectacular Celtic music by West Wind and a prairie performance by the Green Man!
  • ·               A hearty buffet of delicious hors d’oeurves and decadent desserts!
  • ·               A breathtaking Festival Fire by Prairie Restorationists!
  • ·               Tasting of unique highland libations (Irish Whiskey Margaritas)!
  • ·               An enticing onsite and online silent auction (select items will be available for bidding online atnaturenet.com/alnc beginning August 29)!
  • ·               Seasonally inspired crafts for the kids!
  • ·               Exciting Irish dance demonstration by Cashel Dennehy!

Tickets:

Adult (18+)                         $75         ($45 is tax-deductible)

Child (5-17)                              $25         ($15 is tax deductible)

Child (4 and under)         Free


This year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pipers in the Prairie, we are offering a one-time 10% off discount for ALNC Members! Not a member? Join today for just $50 to receive the 10% discount and great benefits all year long! Join online atnaturenet.com/alnc or call 608-221-0404.

All proceeds benefit children’s programming at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Pre-registration is recommended.  Register today!

 

LEOPOLD BENCH WORKSHOP

Saturday, October 6, 2012

8am-12pm

AT Black Earth Campus

To spy a Leopold bench in someone’s yard is to know something about the family who resides there.  If you’ve ever wanted to build a Leopold bench, this workshop is for you!  Join woodworker Gary Laib to learn about the history of Leopold bench design, receive plans and build a bench to bring home.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools; some tools will be available from Gary.  Participants can opt bring their own materials to construct their bench or purchase materials for an additional fee. Additionally, for participants traveling to the workshop that need overnight accommodations, lodging or tenting for Friday and Saturday night is available on site for $20/night. If you plan to camp or use the bunkhouse style lodging, please indicate this when you register. You may arrive at the site on Friday after 5 pm, but please, before 10 pm. Lodging is dorm style bunks/beds. There are indoor bathrooms and showers. If camping, you must bring your own tent and gear. Everyone staying overnight must provide their own sleeping bag or blankets, a pillow, and desired toiletries (bath towel, shampoo, etc). In the spirit of wilderness, our accommodations are fairly rustic! Pre-registration required.  ALNC members: $50/person; Non-members: $60/person.

 

Recreation Wonder Weekend
Saturday, October 20, 11 am – 4 pm & Sunday, October 21, Noon – 4 pm

Discover what a changing climate means for your favorite outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and skiing from recreation and climate experts, go on a geocaching or orienteering adventure with staff from REI-Madison, explore the latest recreational gear and more! In addition to self-guided exhibit hours, new Wonder Weekends, offered the third weekend of every month, give visitors a more in-depth exploration of the exhibits and feature special speakers and new interactive presentations each month. Topics and themes change monthly, so come back often and bring your friends for a new experience each visit!

Admission: $5.50/person; members receive free admission for three people


PROJECT LEARNING TREE: ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERIENCES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKSHOP

Thursday, October 25, 2012
10am-12pm

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.  PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood encourages children to explore, discover and communicate in expressive ways, and provides an introduction to environmental education at a key developmental period in children’s lives.

Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, this workshop and accompanying guide is designed for educators who work with children ages 3 to 6 and offers more than 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration.   Topics include exploring nature with five senses, identifying neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons.  Participants of this workshop will develop new skills, learn how to adapt activities to their classrooms, share expertise with other educators, and receive two activity guides plus a collection of educational resources from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. An accompanying CD features music from children’s musician Billy B. that encourages children to sing, dance, and move.

ALNC Members & Non-Members: $15/person

Fall Fest

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 5:30 – 8 PM

Celebrate the “creatures of the night” and join us for a special, members-only night full of “spooktacular” activities indoors and out for your whole family!

  • Explore hands-on, interactive exhibits including, the Science On a Sphere, weather and climate exhibits, the Madison Gas and Electric Renewable Energy Center, the Nina Leopold Bradley Family Phenology CenterKids’ Climate Cast brought to you by WKOW-TV 27 and more!
  • Participate in a Costume Parade for the kids!
  • Go trick or tracking!
  • See the Bone Yard!
  • Visit creepy critters in The Haunted Shack!
  • Search for nocturnal animals in the mysterious and A-MAZE-ing Basswood Tree!
  • Enjoy autumnal refreshments!

FREE ADMISSION FOR ALNC MEMBERS. $50/family for non-members – includes an annual family membership ($50 value). Pre-registration is preferred.

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