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Nature Net is a not-for-profit environmental learning network comprised of sixteen area nature centers, museums, gardens, and parks offering experiential, place-based environmental education to the schoolchildren, teachers, and families of South Central Wisconsin. Nature Net was founded in 1995 by the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in an effort to increase access to free and low-cost environmental education resources and to promote collaboration and educational excellence in nature education throughout the region and beyond.

Who We Are

We are not-for-profit centers, offering experiential, place-based environmental education to the schoolchildren, teachers, and families of Southern Wisconsin.

What We Do

Nature Net is a service, providing free and low-cost environmental education programming to teachers, parents, and schoolchildren interested in environmental education in South-Central Wisconsin. From Nature Passport family scavenger hunts, to Nature Express field trip bus funding, Nature Net seeks to increase everyone’s awareness of the wonderful natural resources in our own backyard!

The History of Nature Net

Nature Net was founded in 1995 by the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in an effort to promote collaboration and educational excellence in nature education throughout South Central Wisconsin. Identifying nature field trip programs within a 45-minute bus ride from the metropolitan center, Nature Net began with a consortium of 16 member sites, ranging from private non-profit centers to governmental agency sites. Its success in South Central Wisconsin has spawned similar efforts around the state and country.

Since its inception, Nature Net has focused on making area resources available and attractive to local schools and families. Its programs are designed to make nature education innovative, relevant, affordable, and fun!

Entirely supported by grants and contributions, Nature Net has been considered a model for regional collaboration and has been featured by the US Department of Education as a premiere example of community partnerships in education. We thank our generous funders for their ongoing support of South Central Wisconsin nature education!

“At a time when children are spending on average only 1% of their day outdoors, opportunities to connect families with nature are more important than ever before. For 20 years, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center has led the collaboration of Nature Net: The Environmental Learning Network, providing a crucial resource for tens of thousands of children and their families and teachers in South Central Wisconsin to engage with nature in their local communities and beyond.” – Renee Anderson, Fund for Children Board Chair