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The Outlook e-Newsletter
The year-end challenge grant is gaining momentum...
In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, lifelong friends Ruth Kohler and Susan Flader have teamed up to advance the foundation's mission by offering a challenge grant. If we can raise $60,000 from November through January in operational support they will match this amount by each making a $30,000 gift to ALF's endowment fund. Their goal is to use their challenge to encourage vital support of our current operations and programs while simultaneously investing in the foundation's long-term financial stability.
With your help, our plans for 2013 include:
Advancing our interpretive trail boardwalk from the Leopold Center to the Leopold Shack
Release Green Fire on national public television
Expand Land Ethic Leaders across the country
Time is running out! Please donate today to help us take full advantage of this opportunity and further advance the Land Ethic.
Early-Bird Deadline for Point Reyes Conference Appproaching
The coastal village of Point Reyes Station, California, is home to Point Reyes Books which annually sponsors The Geography of Hope Conference. The conference takes its name from Wallace Stegner’s description of wild landscapes as part of our “geography of hope,” and is one of the West’s most exceptional literary festivals. This year the theme is "Igniting the Green Fire: Finding Hope in Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic." Leopold’s philosophies inform and inspire this area of western Marin County where the land ethic and community-based conservation are manifest in thousands of acres of preserved parklands, protected farmland, and working landscapes.
Aldo Leopold Foundation senior fellow Curt Meine says that if you are interested in the future of a land ethic and conservation in this country, this is the not-to-be-missed event of the year! The Foundation is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the conference. We hope you can join us! Learn more about the conference and register today.
Hurry! The early-bird registration deadline is January 15! Register now!
In anticipation of the release of our Collector's Edition of Green Fire around Earth Day this year, we're going to be sharing some of the bonus features that will be included in the two-disc set via our YouTube channel in the coming months. Here is the first one, "Voices of Green Fire: The Land Ethic Across Cultures." Check it out!
New Educational Materials Available
As part of our acquisition of the Leopold Education Project (LEP), we have a number of new education materials for teachers and nonformal educators who are interested in using Leopold and A Sand County Almanac in their educational programs. These resources and others are now available in our bookstore:
Lessons in a Land Ethic
This Leopold Education Project curriculum guide consists of 21 lesson plans designed to align with the essays found in Aldo Leopold’s conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac. Each lesson includes learning objectives, vocabulary, material lists, procedures, additional extensions and student worksheets that have both indoor and outdoor activity options. Order in our bookstore.
Lessons in GPS Technology
Get your students studying nature using modern technology! The 11 lessons in this new guide will help you teach your students to use GPS receivers and put those skills to use to navigate, track, follow an animal’s path, learn about wildlife, explore an area and construct a map and evaluate different ecological communities.Have fun exploring and learning outdoors! Order in our bookstore.
Exploring the Outdoors with Aldo Leopold CD These hands-on activities are designed to teach observation skills, plant and animal identification, natural history, land stewardship, and outdoors skills. Each one is based on an essay from Aldo Leopold’s classic book, A Sand County Almanac. The 16 activities come on a CD and include background information, a list of supplies, procedure cards, and handouts. Order in our bookstore.
Announcing Brand New Woodland School Classes!
The Woodland School is excited to announce its spring classes! Connecting people to land in new ways, the Woodland School will be introducing new workshops from gardening and composting, identifying and preparing edible plants, and native landscaping. Our popular chainsaw safety courses and introduction to prescribed fire will also be held this spring and are guaranteed to fill up, so register now! Whether you live in town or out in the country, the Woodland School has a class for you. Learn from our expert instructors how you can weave Leopold's land ethic in your everyday life while also becoming a member of a community of experienced land stewards. For more information on upcoming classes or to register, please visit our website. Hurry! Classes are filling up!
Don't forget to get your 2013 Phenology Calendar!
If you have not yet ordered your 2013 Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar, it's not too late! Make tracking the natural events of the season your New Year's resolution! The calendar incorporates Aldo Leopold and Nina Leopold Bradley's average dates for phenological events in Wisconsin, paired with stunning images from some of Wisconsin's finest wildlife photographers. This year, the calendar theme is nocturnal animals. Each month, learn about the bats, birds, frogs, insects, and more that surround us at night. You can buy one in our online bookstore.
We are delighted to introduce you to another new addition to our staff, Emily Verdegan. Emily is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is originally from Custer, Wisconsin. She currently resides in Wisconsin Dells with her husband, son and two dogs. Emily is an avid runner and in her spare time she enjoys a wide variety of activities ranging from bow hunting to yoga. Emily will be providing clerical support to membership/development area. She is exited to be a part of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
New Book on Bioethics from Leopold Visiting Scholar
Last summer, the Aldo Leopold Foundation hosted a Visiting Scholar, Jonathan Beever, to pursue work in environmental ethics. Jonathan has just received his doctorate from Purdue University and is co-editor of a forthcoming book that explores the nascent field of "bioethics," ethics that extend well beyond human well-being to wider relations between humans, nonhuman animals, the environment, and biotechnologies. In this book, nine thought-leaders engage with some of the hottest moral issues in science and ethics. The individual chapters explore interconnections between ethics, policy, and science in an engaging and accessible way. Addressing a mixed public audience, the authors go beyond dry theory to explore some of the difficult moral questions that face scientists and policy-makers every day. Learn more about the volume and pre-order your copy from Purdue University Press.
You can also watch a talk that Jonathan gave to the Leopold Center on YouTube.