For 16 years, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, a Fine Point client, has offered schoolchildren the opportunity to learn about their natural environment free of distraction. I went there as as a young student, as have many young adults who grew up in southern Wisconsin—for good reason, too. As Jerry Davis writes in a recent piece for the Wisconsin State Journal and madison.com, “the settings allow anyone visiting the facilities to get an inside introduction and then simply step out the back door, so to speak, into a wetland, savanna, prairie, island, woodlot, or near a pond.”
Both the original center located in Monona and the newly opened second location in Black Earth are complete with state-of-the-art indoor exhibits and a sprawling outdoor campus complete with each a the aforementioned natural habitats. Children (or adults!) on field trips, birthday parties or after-school programs can learn about the ecological world at the Aldo Leopold Center.
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Eight full-time staff, many naturalists, and too many volunteers to count help preschoolers as well as those over age 70 learn in the spirit of famed ecologist Aldo Leopold.
Leopold described fostering admiration and respect for nature, encouraging stewardship of the land and providing ways and ideas to address real problems, such as climate change and making sure there is a sustainable future.
“Our direction is education. We started out focusing on students through grade eight and then through grade 12, and part of the reason for our expansion was to work with adults, too. That’s one reason we opened the Black Earth campus,” [center spokesperson Alanna] Medearis said. “I like to think of this place as an urban oasis.
Students, and others, come from all over the state and the ALNC welcomes anyone to visit, some groups from as far away as Chicago or Milwaukee.
“A class might make an entire day of their visit, spending half the day here and half at the Capitol, or the entire day here,” she said.