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Directory of Centers - Southcentral

  • Aldo Leopold Foundation - Continues the work and teachings of Aldo Leopold.
  • Aldo Leopold Nature Center - ALNC's mission is to teach love, respect, and admiration for the land in the spirit of Wisconsin's premier conservationist, Aldo Leopold.
  • Bethel Horizons Nature Center - Bethel Horizons consists of 460 acres of diverse plant and animal communities ideally situated adjacent to Governor Dodge State Park.
  • Cherokee Marsh - Cherokee Marsh is the most diverse of all nature study areas with a mosaic of wetlands, southern Wisconsin woodlots, old fields, restored prairie and oak savanna, two glacial drumlins and the Yahara River.
  • Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens - Grow your own food in the organic community gardens provided, play and learn in the Kids' Garden or even explore the prairie in this 31-acre Community Garden.
  • Dane County Parks
  • Dane County Lussier Family Heritage Center - A Multi-use educational and interpretive facility providing opportunities for youth and adult learning, volunteerism, outdoor recreation, and special events.
  • Henry Vilas Zoo - Dane County's free zoo is nestled in the heart of madison and open year-round. Spend time with your family while exploring nature. Live animal presentations available year-round.
  • International Crane Foundation - The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the wetland and grasslands communities on which they depend.
  • MacKenzie Environmental Center - The center features an exhibit of live Wisconsin wildlife, self-guided hikes and trails, museums, a fire tower, a picnic area and much more.
  • Madison Children's Museum - Madison's only hands-on museum devoted to kids!
  • Madison City Conservation Parks - Links to park-related web pages.
  • MMSD - Jackson School Forest - The 287 acre Madison School Forest includes the Olson Oak Woods State Natural Area, a prime example of a Wisconsin southern dry forest with remnants of pre-settlement days.
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens A spectacular tropical conservatory is open for year-round enjoyment, 14 acres of outdoor specialty gardens, and a botanical center -- it's all here at the Gardens.
  • Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center - A 330-acre year-round retreat center, camp and environmental education center nestled between the sandstone formations and Wisconsin River of the upper Dells.
  • U.W. Arboretum - Explore the opportunities for nature appreciation, environmental education, and ecological research at this web site and at the Arboretum.
  • U.W. Geology Museum - The museum displays minerals, rocks, fossils, a 6-foot globe, and a walk-through model of a Wisconsin limestone cave.

The Environmental Learning Network chart is a comprehensive chart of all the resources listed above.

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