Insects, Pollinators and Other Small Critter Get a New Home at Aldo Leopold Nature Center

June 12, 2017
Contact: Cara Erickson
Phone: (608) 216-9374


Madison, WI.  An Insect Motel finds its home at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center! The product of a collaboration between University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee art students and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Insect Motel will provide valuable habitat for insects, pollinators and other small critters whose numbers have been decreasing – in some instances by close to half – in the last 30 years. The venture began when UWM Lecturer Kathryn Martin-Meurer learned of the problem and partnered with the Department of Natural Resources for an art project. Now, the students’ Insect Motels are being installed in nature centers and parks around the state.

Thanks to our partnership with the Natural Resources Foundation, we were gifted one of the fabulous hand-crafted Insect Motels; and with its sunburst, honeycomb design, it is a perfect addition to the nature center’s grounds. Covered with a wire mesh so visitors can view the insects living inside, different habitats for different species are created by varying the materials in the different compartments or ‘rooms’ in the ‘motel’. For example, our Insect Motel uses dead wood, straw and pine cones – the dead wood and straw are useful shelter for many different types of insect, while ladybugs love finding shelter in pine cones.

With an eye on environmental education, we are looking forward to incorporating our new Insect Motel into our programming, teaching children the importance of insects to our ecosystem and creating habitats in which they will thrive for years to come.

What: Insect Motel Finds Home at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center!
Where: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Drive, Monona, WI 53716
When: Daily from dawn until dusk – find the Insect Motel along the Basswoods trails. Free and easy – there’s never a fee to hike the trails.
Information: or call (608) 221-0404

To view an article on the project at UW-Milwaukee, please click here.

 About Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) is a private, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the conservation land ethic of Aldo Leopold. The Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s mission is to engage and educate current and future generations, empowering them to respect, protect and enjoy the natural world. ALNC provides hands-on environmental programming for school children and their families, reaching tens of thousands of 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.