Saturday, April 21, 2012    11 am -3 pm

Monona Campus


Free! No pre-registration required. Walk-ins welcome!

Celebrate with us at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s free Grand Opening Celebration unveiling new interactive exhibits and innovative programs on Saturday, April 21 from 11 am – 3 pm!

  Scheduled Activities:
  AM 11:00 Welcome & Ribbon-Cutting!
11:30 Join Science On a Sphere specialist Patrick Rowley for a
special Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events presentation!
  PM Noon Enjoy a live performance of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax!
12:30 See real-life scientists Galen McKinley & Juan Botella's Climate Change in Antarctic Waters: Live Demo!
1:00 Sing along with children's performer Stuart Stotts!
1:30 Hear author Nancy Nye Hunt read from her children's book
Aldo Leopold's Shack Nina's Story!
1:30 Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the green building features incorporated into the new expansion with Brad Crowley, Vice President and Partner with Design Structures!
2:00 See meteorologist Mike Nelson perform his Tornado Dance!
2:30 Enjoy an interactive weather and climate presentation by The Weather Guys, Jon Martin, Professor in the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences & Steve Ackerman, Director of the Center for Meteorological Satellite Studies and Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
   Ongoing Activities:
   Give a weather forecast with WKOW's meterologist Bob Lindmeier in the Kids' Climate Cast brought to you by WKOW TV-27!

Meet and have your photo taken with Curious George!

See the earth from space in the Science On a Sphere, a high-definition projection system onto a six-foot diameter sphere!
See what it is like to be inside a storm in the Storms 360 Immersion Theater!
See the latest in green energy technology with Madison Gas and Electric's Renewable Energy Center and ALNC's electric car-charging station!
Get up close to nature in the Nina Leopold Bradley Family Phenology Center!
Make a cool solar color-changing bracelet!
    Investigate scientific data with the interactive exhibit, Global Warming: Facts & Our Future!*
Hike with ALNC naturalists and more!
    All times are subject to change. Please check this page for updates.

Building a Greener Future Together!
The construction of the expanded facilities and new interactive exhibits and programs was made possible by generous monetary and in-kind donations of services and products from individuals, foundations and businesses. For a complete list of Campaign Partners, click here.

So Close - Help Us Reach Our Campaign Goal!
While we have had excellent community support for our expansion project, we still need to raise $400,000 to meet our $5M Campaign goal. We are so close, but need your help to take us to the top! Please consider a gift to help us reach the thousands of children who will learn to live more sustainable lives through participating in our interactive programs. Click here make a difference by contributing to the ALNC Campaign.

*GLOBAL WARMING:FACTS AND OUR FUTURE was developed by the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.

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