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Nature Centers and Outdoor Fun

Aldo Leopold Nature Center
, 300 Femrite Drive, Monona, (608) 221-0404. Celebrate nature by visiting the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Learn to observe and appreciate nature and enjoy some hands-on activities. Summer Nature Mini Camps are available at reasonable rates. Public tours available.

Beaver Springs Fishing Park, Wisconsin Dells. Everyone catches fish here! 7 spring fed ponds, public aquarium, touch & feel exhibits, educational exhibits. (608) 254-2775.

Devil's Lake State Park, S5975 Park Road, Baraboo. Enjoy beautiful scenery and plenty of recreational activities at Devil's Lake State Park. Hiking, rock climbing, biking, swimming, concession stands and more. Even young children can hike up the bluffs and enjoy the view. (608) 356-8301.

International Crane Foundation, Baraboo. Open daily May through October. Guided tours at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. (608) 356-9462.

MacKenzie Environmental Center, Poynette. Take a walk thru the woods and enjoy nature. See the wild animals including wolves, fox, coyote, big cats, badgers, deer & more. It's free! (608) 635-4498.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens & Tropical Conservatory, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison. Open daily year-round. Lots of special events and a great place to enjoy beautiful flowers. The Bolz Conservatory is a 50-foot glass pyramid filled with tropical palms, ferns and flowering plants. The kids even have fun! Outdoor gardens are open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Hours for the Bolz Conservatory are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. (608) 246-4718

UW Madison Arboretum. Pack a picnic lunch and go for a hike! Miles of hiking and biking trails through over 1,200 acres of restored prairies. Located near the Henry Vilas Zoo. (608) 263-7888.

York Farm Stables, Poynette. Ride alone or in a group. No reservations required. Open 9 am - 5 pm every day weather permitting. (608) 635-9916.

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