Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Monona, WI
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center features oak savanna, wetland, prairie, and woodland ecosystems nestled in the heart of beautiful Monona, WI. Its a great location that is set between Woodland Park and Edna Taylor Conservancy. It has connecting trails on the Edna Taylor Conservancy marked by trail signs.

The grounds feature approximately 1.5 miles of interconnecting trails. Its a really great place to bring little and big kids alike. There is the nature center that features indoor nature play nooks, restrooms, water fountains and more. You can even check out trailside exploring backpack before heading out to hike (this has a rental fee for non-nature center members).

There are several access points behind the building to get on to the trail system. We often like to head out by the woods to the left of the building. There are several old branches and large sticks that are often used to build forts and huts around the wooded area. This is a great space to let kids play! Heading along to the back of the property along the tree/scrub line, you can access the Edna Taylor trails if you’d like, these are marked. We head over towards the “island” marked by taller trees in the wetlands. There is metal boardwalk to access the island, but note that there is often mud/water/ice just before you step on to the boardwalks depending on the season. There is a bench on the island if you’d like to nurse or take a rest. heading off the island you can take a number of trails across the wetland/prairie sections back to the nature center or around the grounds. There is a dock along the pond that is also a good spot to check out. The ground also feature a section of maple trees with picnic benches, and a replica of Aldo Leopold’s shack.

This is a great area to explore and spend time hiking the grounds and then heading in before heading out to check out the play areas inside, or warm up on a winter day.

You can find more information about the nature center here:

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Boardwalk, Lake, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Ranger Led Hikes, Shaded Hike, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Offers easy terrain that’s great for little walkers. Ground have lots of opportunity for nature play and exploration.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There are two parking lots, a smaller one right in front of the nature center, and a larger one to the right before you reach the nature center.

Trail Contributor

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Hello, I’m Abby, one of the Branch Ambassadors for the Madison, WI Hike it Baby branch. I’m a mom to 3 kiddos ranging from baby to school aged. I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio and have lived in several states over the past few years including Indiana, Ohio, Florida and now Wisconsin! We’ve lived here since May 2017 and have absolutely fallen in love with the area and LOVE to explore all the outdoor areas around us. Hike it Baby quickly became part of our lives and has built an amazing community for our family. Looking forward to continue helping families explore and love the outdoors one hike at a time! Can’t wait to see you out on a hike!


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Getting There

The nature center is located at 330 Femrite Drive, Monona WI 53716