Saturday Exhibit Hours
to an eco-adventure at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center's new
Saturday Exhibit Hours where you can explore the earth from space,
immerse yourself inside the eye of a storm, give an on-camera
weather forecast and much more!
new interactive exhibits are open
Monday-Friday, from 10 am - 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am -
2 pm. In addition, one Saturday each month we offer special
themed programs and activities.
Topics and themes change monthly, so come back often and bring
your friends for a new experience each visit!
$5.50/person; members receive free admission for four people (click
here for membership information)
Upcoming Special Programs
UNDER THE ICE
Sat. February 9th 10 am-2 pm
What's going on under the
ice? Why don't pond critters turn into fishcicles, and how do
aquatic plants and animals get through the winter? How do
Wisconsin's freezing lakes fit into our lives, and what changes
are in store? Fish for fun facts, learn about lakes and seas,
explore our pond, and find out what’s up under there!
Lobby and Outdoors: Under the Pond Ice*
you ever wondered what it takes to keep an ice fisherman (or
woman) warm and dry out on the frigid frozen lakes? Check out
some real ice fishing gear! Then, hike down to our pond to try
your hand at ice fishing, and use aqua-view tubes to discover
what life lies beneath (*dependent on weather and conditions).
Science on a Sphere: Real-Time Snow and Ice Cover
The cryosphere (areas covered by ice, snow, glaciers, or
permafrost) is an extremely dynamic part of the global system,
and variations in the seasons and climate bring great changes.
This real-time dataset shows how Earth's cryosphere changes with
the seasons, and allows scientists to keep a continual eye on
Immersion Theater: Under the
Antarctic Ice Sheet
This incredible excerpt from
BBC's Frozen Planet shows time-lapse imagery from beneath the
Antarctic Ice Sheet, including the formation of a deadly
"brinicle" ice finger, to show what happens to the freezing seas
and the life below.
Orientation Theater: Ice
Throughout Wisconsin during the cold winter
months, frozen lakes are dotted with fishermen and ice houses.
Ice fishing has been a part of Wisconsin history since American
Indians chopped holes to spear fish to supplement their winter
diets. In this Climate Wisconsin video, you will spend a few
minutes with some local ice fishers, learning how they enjoy
Wisconsin's ice season, and how it can end suddenly and
unpredictably with the onset of warm weather.
Exhibit Touchscreens: Madison Ice Cover Data
know that one of the longest-running records of ice cover data
in the world is from right here in Madison? Learn what the
ice-cover seasons have been each year since 1855, and view how
they have changed over time. Can you guess how many fewer
average days of ice we get each year?
Leopold Bradley Phenology Center: Critter Fishing
Practice "hooking" some pond life and learn about what kinds of
fish, animals, and insects can be found in our local waters.