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Aldo Leopold Nature Center marks Earth Day

MONONA (WKOW) -- The grand opening weekend celebration continued Sunday for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona.

The $5 million addition has been two years in the making and those involved in the project say its impact on future generations will serve for years to come.

"He came up with a very simple idea and to me it has a powerful lesson," said Tia Nelson about her father, Gaylord Nelson's founding of Earth Day in 1970.

On this Earth Day, dozens gathered at the new center to celebrate what it offers the community.

"This center is focused squarely on the future, it embodies the ancient Native American concept of seven generations, that in everything that we do, every choice that we make, we must consider its impact not just on us, but on the next seven generations," said U.S. Congresswoman from Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin.

A number of new, innovative and interactive displays are devoted to teaching visitors about the environment and how we as humans may have an impact.

"The specific reason for this place remains the same, teaching children and their families to connect to the land and our earth," said Aldo Leopold's granddaughter Trish Stevenson.

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center will be open to the public every third weekend of the month starting May 19.

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