Aldo Leopold Nature Center: Dedicates environmental education expansion project

Contact: Kelley Van Egeren

(608) 216-9373

[email protected]

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) has been the premiere site for innovative, hands-on environmental education in Southern Wisconsin for more than 15 years and has served more than 250,000 children, families and teachers. Due to increased demand for high quality programming and recognizing the need to educate our children about the science of climate change, ALNC broke ground for a new 11,000 square foot addition to their facility in June of 2011.

A private dedication of the addition, scheduled for Thursday, June 2 from 5-7 pm will be a celebration of the buildings completion and a sneak peak at the programming being developed for the facility. It will focus on:

* Teaching children and their families and teachers about the impact of climate change on the Wisconsin community and the environment

* fostering scientific understanding of the need for environmental sustainability

* sharing information and tools on conservation and renewable energy options

WHAT: Dedication of the Environmental Education Expansion project

WHEN: Thursday, June 2 5-7 pm

WHERE: The Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 300 Femrite Drive, Monona, Wisconsin

WHY: To provide the media with an update on the completion of the construction phase and plans for educational programming, as well as acknowledge major campaign donors and launch the public phase of the fundraising campaign. There will be opportunities to secure interviews with members of the Board of Directors, city officials, major donors and/or family/children participants.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Excellent photo op. Attendants will assist with parking

Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) is a private, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the conservation ethic of Aldo Leopold through environmental education and awareness. Founded in 1994, with sites in Monona and Black Earth, ALNC provides hands-on environmental programming for school children and their families, reaching more than 40,000 people annually. In addition, ALNC sponsors Nature Net: the Environmental Learning Network, which promotes environmental education for children by organizing collaborative networks of nature centers throughout Wisconsin (http://www.naturenet.com).