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Aldo Leopold Nature Center grand opening

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MONONA (WKOW)-- The brand new Aldo Leopold Nature Center is now open to the public. The center unveiled it's $5 million upgrade Saturday, full of new technologies to teach the community about the environment.

"We're pleased that we're able to become a place where people can come learn more about Aldo Leopold, the land ethic and just learn more about their own communities," says president and executive director of the center, Kathe Crowley Conn.

Those attending the Grand Opening Celebration say the center's remodel is a great investment for the community.

"This teaches people how to take care of the land that sustains us with food, with fuel and a better future," says Rep. Brett Hulsey, (D) Madison.

But it teaches in a unique way-- the new space uses technology to teach about the environment. With the addition of all kinds of hands on science displays, the center now has an indoor connection to the outdoors.

Visitors say the interactivity encourages kids to learn about science, and things like our weather and climate.

"Besides the touch screens they have all these and rocks and things like that they're allowed to touch which in the museum they're not allowed to do that," says Sarah Emond, from Madison.

If you missed this chance to check out the center, the public can visit on Saturdays and Sundays during the third weekend of every month.

Visit the Aldo Leopold Nature Center website for more information about what the center has to offer.

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MONONA (WKOW) -- This Earth Day weekend, The Aldo Leopold Nature Center will unveil its new interactive exhibits at a grand opening celebration on Saturday afternoon.

Visitors will get a behind the scenes tour of the new expansion, guided nature hikes, and see special science presentations.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center on Femrite Drive in Monona.

Click here for a list of scheduled activities.

Tonight on 27 News at 6 and 10, Jennifer Kliese will take us through the new facility.

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