Jan. 4: Internship Application Deadline

Mar. 15-17: Geography of Hope Conference Pt. Reyes, CA

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Green Fire 

Host a screening in your community.

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Purchase the Green Fire DVD in our Bookstore

Become a Land Ethic Leader

Feb 28-Mar 1:
Albuquerque, NM
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Aug 8-9, 2013:
Baraboo, WI
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Watch for more sessions to be announced!

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In Our Bookstore

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Visiting the Leopold Center

The Leopold Center's open hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm until April 15.

The Outlook e-Newsletter

December 2012

End the Year with a Gift!

Support our work in 2013 today and your gift will be doubled!

The Aldo Leopold Foundation has just celebrated 30 years of living the Land Ethic, and we've come a long way since 1982! Thank you for being a part of this exciting milestone! None of our accomplishments over the past 30 years would have been possible without you. We are very grateful for your friendship and partnership!

We need you and your continued support to help us take our first step toward another 30 years of extending and interpreting Leopold’s land ethic idea. With your help, our plans for 2013 include:

  • Advance our interpretive trail boardwalk from the Leopold Center to the Leopold Shack - the boardwalk will run from the center to the Shack through woods and wetlands with several interpretive stops along the way, highlighting various natural and historic features of the area.
  • Release Green Fire on national public television - this film, which inspires people to reflect on the deeper meaning of a land ethic in their own lives, will now be seen by millions more who may never have heard of Aldo Leopold.
  • Expand Land Ethic Leaders across the country - this in-depth two-day training program equips participants with tools and confidence to get people in their own communities talking about their relationships to the land in a deeper, more meaningful way.

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, lifelong friends Ruth Kohler and Susan Flader have once again 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. Double your gift today!

On behalf of the Aldo Leopold Foundation,

Buddy Huffaker

Buddy Huffaker, President and Executive Director

Leopold Foundation Takes on Education Program

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac. Originally created by Gary Laib, a high school science teacher, LEP uses Leopold's writings as a springboard for engaging students in natural science curriculum. Laib eventually partnered with the nonprofit conservation group Pheasants Forever to expand the reach of the curriculum. LEP became the environmental education arm of the organization, and, using their ties with chapter groups across the country, they organized a robust network of state coordinators and facilitators that could bring the curriculum to teachers nationwide. Over the last twenty years, more than 15,000 educators have attended a LEP workshop! More recently, the original curriculum was expanded to include new activities, incorporate new technologies such as GPS, and facilitate teaching in non-formal educational settings, like nature centers and zoos. As Pheasants Forever focuses its programming to be more closely aligned with its mission of habitat protection and creation, LEP will find a new home with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Beginning January 1, we are thrilled to welcome the more than twenty state coordinators and countless LEP educators into our fold and we look forward to this program's continued growth!

Jim Kurth, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, spoke at our 30th Anniversary Celebration last month. Earlier in the day he did an interview with Curt Meine. Join us in our celebration by listening to Jim discuss how he first learned about Leopold and became involved with the Foundation!

Join us in California!

The Aldo Leopold Foundation is partnering with Point Reyes Books to present the 2013 Geography of Hope Conference featuring Aldo Leopold and his ideas. "Igniting the Green Fire: Finding Hope in Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic," on March 15, 16, and 17, 2013, will be the first West Coast gathering of the world's foremost Aldo Leopold experts and the only opportunity to meet and hear from the creators and stars of Green Fire, the 2012 Emmy Award-winning film about Aldo Leopold's life and conservation legacy which will be screened at the conference. Speakers will include Aldo Leopold biographer Curt Meine; Aldo Leopold Foundation director Buddy Huffaker; former Natural Resources Conservation Service chief Paul Johnson; Center for Humans and Nature president Brooke Hecht; Quivira Coalition executive director Courtney White; Leopold scholars Susan Flader and J. Baird Callicott; geologist and author Lauret Savoy; U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon; poet Robert Hass; author Gary Nabhan and "Planet Walker" John Francis; and Center for Whole Communities founder Peter Forbes; and more. They'll examine Leopold's legacy as a foundation for hope and for future conservation ideas and action. Conference also offers a variety of field trips. Meals served during the weekend will feature food from Marin's farms and ranches.

New Leopold Outlook Just Printed

If you are a member of the Foundation, watch your mailbox this week for the latest issue of The Leopold Outlook! In this issue, we focus on education. "This issue of The Leopold Outlook is dedicated to education and the effort of listening to new and different voices as our mentors," writes Executive Director Buddy Huffaker in his introductory letter. " Those of us in conservation leadership roles often talk about the need to 'diversify' the movement. And yet, it is hard to know how to begin--partly because we ourselves are not diverse. Given the changing demographics of the world today, if we want people to care about the land, then we need educators, formal and nonformal, that represent every face and place. For those of us who are already called to a land ethic, it can be hard to remember and appreciate how many hurdles society has placed in front of those who have not been exposed to nature or had a chance to hold a frog in their hand."

Curt Meine, Rick Knight, Gary Paul Nabhan and Stan Temple collaborated on one of the articles in this issue, sharing their experiences of using Leopold in teaching. In each of their classes (at University of Wisconsin, Colorado State University, and University of Arizona), they taught about Leopold's land ethic to their students, asking at the end of the semester how the idea applies today. Their article compiles the responses and offers an inspiring look at the future through the eyes of young leaders. Become a member today and we'll mail you the whole issue!

Land Ethic Leaders in New Mexico!

We still have a few spots left for our Land Ethic Leaders workshop in New Mexico. If you're in the Southwest, here's your chance to catch this program closeby--or if you're not, Albuquerque is lovely in February, use this as an excuse for a vacation! Aldo Leopold began his professional career in the Southwest. Join us as we revisit his old stomping grounds and examine what his idea of a land ethic means for communities today. The Aldo Leopold Foundation is partnering with the McCune Foundation to bring Land Ethic Leaders to the Southwest. This session will focus on sustainability and environmental issues with local conservation partners in the Southwest region. The two-day workshop will bring together participants from a range of backgrounds and disciplines to build new relationships and uncover common values that will form the basis for future actions.  During the workshop you’ll be recharged and revitalized by one another, and after it you’ll go back to your work with new tools, ideas, and relationships to move forward.

Friday, Feb. 28-Saturday, Mar.1
Registration for this workshop is $200.00 which covers registration, meals, and program materials. Participants must cover their own travel and lodging.
Workshop site: The Bachechi Environmental Education Building, 9521 Rio Grande Boulevard, NW Albuquerque, NM. A limited number of scholarships for students are available.

Register today!

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.

Welcome, Jeny!

We are happy to welcome Jeny Lai as a part-time intern with our education staff and the land stewardship crew through June. Jeny is excited to support the Leopold Foundation in conjunction with working on a farm and conservation plan for a nearby property where she currently resides. Jeny hails from St. Paul, Minnesota. She received a degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering from Purdue University in 2010, and has just completed a year with AmeriCorps working as an engineering technician at the Mason Conservation District in western Washington State. Her professional interests include water resource management, hydrology, and advancing sustainable agricultural practices to provide for the needs of local communities.

Come Work for Us!

The Aldo Leopold Foundation is now accepting applications for two land stewardship internships. This nine-month internship provides hands-on experience and practical on the ground management coupled with the Leopold land ethic philosophy. This experience is designed to train interns using the Aldo Leopold Foundation property, which serves as an outdoor classroom, to become proficient in land management tasks and develop awareness to make informed management decisions. Stewardship interns will be expected to be actively involved in all aspects of management.

Learn more about the internship
on our website or email Alanna Koshollek for more details. Or just download the 2013 Internship Announcement and application materials. Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 4. We'd love to have you on our team!