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Earth Week

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The birds are finally happily chirping away, as each day that passes is getting warmer and brighter! The bike paths and lake docks are starting to swarm with all the people excited that spring is finally here. What a perfect time of the year to get outside and celebrate Earth Week 2015! Engage in an intellectual discussion on hard-hitting environmental topics or take the whole family to the zoo for some outdoor enjoyment. Check out this list at some of the most exciting happenings for Earth Week activities near you!

Monday, April 20th:

Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference Celebrate Earth Week with the 9th annual Earth Day Conference held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Pre-registration was required and the program begins at 9am.

Tuesday, April 21st:

Sustainability Business Panel Enjoy speakers from local businesses such as Sustain Dane and Capital brewery to engage in conversation about the importance of sustainability in businesses. Hosted in Grainger Hall, Room 1266 form 6-7pm.

Aldo Leopold Wonder Bugs – Bring the whole family to learn about the wonder of the environment at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center from 9:30-10:45am.

Reflections of an Environmental Advocate Come here Brock Evans speak about his experiences as an advocate for the environment at the Fluno Center from 6-8pm.

Wednesday, April 23rd:

Pictures at Senator Gaylord Nelson’s Desk Get your picture taken at the desk of Senator Nelson to remember this special day! Pictures from 11am-1pm at the Nelson Institute Director’s Office.

Willow Creek CleanUp Join the Lakeshore Nature Preserve crew for an afternoon helping to clean up Willow Creek. Meet on the Willow Creek Bridge at 5pm.

Panel on the Future Conservation Science in Wisconsin Join the discussion on environmental legislation at Tripp Commons in Memorial Union from 7-9pm.

Earth Day Trivia Come for a fun night of trivia at The Sett in Union South from 7-9pm. Hosted by the Nelson Institute Ambassadors.

Arboretum Garden Tour Go on a native plant garden tour of the UW Arboretum to see all the beauty of early spring! Tours are from 7-8:30pm.

Madison Children’s Museum Bring your nature-minded kids for an afternoon of fun and educational environmental programs. Programs and classes from 1-:30am-3:30pm.

Thursday, April 24th:

Film Screening – Sierra Student Coalition of UW Madison is hosting a screening of the film “Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization” in the Education Building, Room L196 from 6-7:30pm.

Friday, April 25th:

Seminar – Come learn about the characterization of variations in Wisconsin’s extreme weather from Steve Vavrus. The seminar will be held in Room 811 of the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences building from 1:30-2:30pm.

Toddler Story & Stroll – Bring your kids to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens to spend a nature-focused experience from 10-11am.

Saturday, April 26th:

Ecological Restoration – Volunteer to help learn about and restore the Curtis Prairie at the UW Arboretum. Meet at the Visitor Center; volunteering runs between 9am-12pm.

Henry Vilas Zoo – Have an afternoon of environmental education with visits from the MG&E solar energy trailer, the Dane County Arborists, and the Wisconsin DNR from 10am-2pm.

April 22, 2015 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

Summer Adventures

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Since its creation in 1994, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) has helped connect many people, young and old, to nature in south-central Wisconsin.  The center continues to successfully foster the development of a deeper understanding of the land for citizens of Madison and the surrounding areas in the way that naturalist, Aldo Leopold, did decades ago.  Through programming including pre-school, summer camps, after school programs, public programs, special events, and more, ALNC has also fostered “admiration and respect for nature, and encourages sustainability and stewardship of the land”.

The ALNC has two facilities that they maintain year-round for environmental education opportunities.  According to the ALNC website the Monona Campus provides interpretive trails spanning 94 acres that lead visitors through a wide variety of ecosystems and habitats.  The Black Earth Campus provides 38 acres of “rugged, unglaciated terrain” for hiking.  Additionally, on both of these campuses, there are many buildings for programming and special events that visitors can take full advantage of.

So this summer when you or your family is looking for an outdoor adventure to be able to enjoy Wisconsin’s environment sun up to sun down, look no further than the Aldo Leopold Nature Center.  With your participation and with so much to offer on both campuses, ALNC is clearly leading the way to engage, educate and empower the next generation of stewards of the land for a healthy, happy and sustainable future.

Image: http://aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org/

June 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment


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