Nature Net Members


Aldo Leopold Foundation – Located at the historic Shack property in Baraboo, the Aldo Leopold Foundation strives to inspire an ethical, caring relationship between people and nature through the legacy of Aldo Leopold.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center – Located in Monona, ALNC’s mission is to engage and educate current and future generations, empowering them to protect, respect, and enjoy the natural world. With 20 acres of hiking trails through native Southern Wisconsin habitats, ALNC features wetland, woodland, and prairie ecosystems and connects two city conservation areas, creating 100 acres of natural area.

Bethel Horizons Nature Center – Bethel Horizons consists of 550 acres of diverse plant and animal communities with over 8 miles of hiking trail and several mountain biking trails ideally situated adjacent to Governor Dodge State Park.

Cave of the Mounds – Nicknamed the “jewel box of America’s major caves,” Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark offers cave tours, field trips & group programs, and above-ground activities—all year ‘round!

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.

Dane County Parks – The official website for the Dane County Parks Division. Dane County Parks offer you countywide locations for quick get-aways from urban settings and offer custom-built recreational facilities amid splendid natural beauty.

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 Center – MacKenzie has interpretive trails, a Wisconsin wildlife exhibit, museums, and educational programs available for school and youth groups, with a goal of teaching the public about the natural world. Read more in Nature Net’s Site Spotlight – MacKenzie Environmental Education Center

Madison Children’s Museum – Madison Children’s Museum connects children with their families, their communities, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play. Read more in Nature Net’s Site Spotlight – Madison Children’s Museum

Madison Parks – Nature is abound in Madison Parks! 279+ parks and more than 20 conservation parks are ready to explore in every season. Conservation parks are uniquely managed lands, restoring native plants and animal communities, while providing education. Explore on your own or join one of the guided outings, planned throughout the year.

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.

MMSD – Planetarium – The MMSD Planetarium provides immersive experiences from our home planet, or across the universe, bringing out-of-this-world concepts down to Earth.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens – A spectacular tropical conservatory, open for year-round enjoyment, 16 acres of outdoor specialty gardens, and a botanical center. Read more in Nature Net’s Site Spotlight – Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Pheasant Branch Conservancy – Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a regionally significant natural area located on the north side of Middleton. The restored wetlands, prairies and forests of PBC offer respite to the individual and educational opportunities for all ages.

Rooted 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.

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.

UW-Madison Arboretum – Explore opportunities for nature appreciation, environmental education, and ecological research at the Arboretum. Read more in Nature Net’s Site Spotlight – UW 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. Read more in Nature Net’s Site Spotlight – UW Geology Museum

Welty Environmental Center – Welty is a place to learn about sustainable use of our natural resources and enjoy hands-on encounters with nature.