A wonderful way to introduce students to Leopold's ideas and significance, Green Fire—Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time is the first ever full-length, high definition film about Leopold. The movie explores Aldo Leopold's life in the context of American conservation and environmental history, while also illustrating how Leopold's legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world. The Public Screening License edition is designed specifically for classroom use.
Exploring the Outdoors with Aldo Leopold is a CD packed with fun activities designed to help get youth and their families outdoors learning about nature, using Leopold’s ideas as a starting place. Each activity is based on an essay from Aldo Leopold’s classic book, A Sand County Almanac, and is designed to be easy to use in an outdoor education setting. Available in our bookstore.
This list of Aldo Leopold Foundation-developed resources is really just a starting place for learning more about Leopold. There is a plethora of additional material to explore! Scroll down the page or click on the categories below to explore our comprehensive listing of additional educational resources for various age levels.
Land Ethic Leader Program Overview (1:30)
Education staff at the Aldo Leopold Foundation share an overview of their popular Land Ethic Leader program, with an introduction to the Aldo Leopold Foundation, a discussion of Leopold's land ethic idea, and highlights of how graduates of the program are putting our program tools to work with audiences of all ages. Recorded in October 2013. Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center for hosting and providing access to this webinar! Click here to view this webinar.
Teaching Land Ethics: Aldo Leopold and Native American Perspectives (1:00)
Fawn YoungBear-Tibbetts of the UW Arboretum Earth Partnership Indigenous Arts and Sciences program and Aldo Leopold Foundation Senior Fellow Curt Meine present this webinar. Aldo Leopold once wrote, "There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other and the relation of people to land." Such an understanding of interwoven human and natural relationships is embedded within diverse Native American traditions, and has long been part of the conservation movement as well. Students are challenged to understand such connections and relationships as we face an increasingly uncertain future. Fawn and Curt will provide a framework for discussing land ethics from scientific and indigenous perspectives, exploring points of contrast and convergence. We will also consider how a land ethic can be fostered tangibly in schools by expanding the learning environment to include the school grounds themselves. Recorded in March 2014. Thanks to the Earth Partnership for Schools program for hosting and providing access to this webinar! Click here to view this webinar.
Leopold, Leadership, and You (1:30)
You know Aldo Leopold was a great writer and ground-breaking conservationist, but did you know he possessed superb leadership skills? On April 8th 2014 in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Management Assistance Team sponsored a webinar featuring a conversation between Leopold scholars, Drs. Curt Meine and Julianne Warren and one of the Team's leadership instructors, Jimmy Fox. The recorded 90-minute dialogue covers how Leopold practiced the principles of adaptive leadership and concludes with questions from participants. Enjoy this fresh, unique exploration of Aldo Leopold tackling tough conservation issues - diagnosing the social system, mobilizing others in that system, viewing himself as a part of that system, and surviving and thriving through it all. Thanks to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Management Assistance Team for hosting and providing access to this webinar! Click here to view this webinar.
Predators, Prey, Plants and People (0:28)
Ever since Aldo Leopold and his contemporaries founded The Wildlife Society in 1937, wildlife management professionals have grappled with the intermingled scientific, technical, social, economic, political, and ethical challenges inherent to the conservation of land and wildlife. Wolves have always served as a particularly hot flashpoint in our complex and dynamic conservation landscape. In this webinar, Aldo Leopold Senior Fellow Curt Meine discusses these issues. Recorded in October 2013. Thanks to the Wildlife Society for hosting and providing access to this webinar! Click here to view this webinar.
Bioethics and Environmental Value- How We Reason About Things that Morally Matter (1:05)
An Aldo Leopold Foundation Brown Bag Seminar with Jonathan Beever, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental ethics at Purdue University, recorded June 22, 2012. Jonathan shares his research which attempts to work out a novel theory of environmental value that justifies an ecological ethic through a scientifically responsible framework. Click here to view this webinar.
Audio Documentary: Aldo Leopold and the Emerging Land Ethic. A one-hour radio program produced by aural historian Jack Loeffler for New Mexico Public Radio. The program includes the voices Leopold’s daughters Nina Leopold Bradley and Estella Leopold, as well as scholars, environmental activists and writers who have been greatly influenced by the man regarded by many as the greatest conservationist of the 20th century. Also heard are environmental historian Susan Flader, activist Dave Foreman, author and environmentalist William deBuys, former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, and many others whose thinking and practices have been deeply influenced by the genius of Aldo Leopold.
Buddy Huffaker talks about the energy efficient Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo. The Center is both a headquarters for the Aldo Leopold Foundation and a visitor center for the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm. Huffaker, the Executive Director of the Foundation, is interviewed here by Norman Gilliland for Wisconsin Public Television. Available through Portal Wisconsin.
We invite educators at all levels to share their ideas about using Leopold in teaching here for others. Do you have tools you’d be willing to share here with other educators to make it easier for them to use Leopold in the classroom? Tell us! We’ll share it alongside the other resources you see on this page.
College-level lectures matching chapters from A Sand County Almanac with topics in environmental issues, shared by Dr. Frank Gallagher in the
Urban and Community Forestry Program at
Rutgers State University. (Click on "coursework" and scroll halfway down the page for the Leopold lecture links)
Aldo Leopold and his intellectual legacy are the topic of one of the inaugural articles in the Encyclopedia of Earth. The Encyclopedia is the largest reliable information resource on the environment in history. It is the first web-based information resource that combines the trustworthiness and authority of scientific review with the power of web-based collaboration, all enabled by a state-of-the-art technology platform. The Encyclopedia is free to the public, has no advertising, and is governed by scientists, educators, and professionals. The Aldo Leopold Collection was co-authored by Aldo Leopold Foundation staff, and is a great resource for online research on Leopold.
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is the primary
steward of Leopold’s
writings, unpublished manuscripts, journals, correspondence, sketches, photographs,
and implements he used on the land. The collection is housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives. The Aldo Leopold Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives received a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to begin digitizing the entire collection in 2007. The Leopold Digital Archives are now publicly available free of charge for viewing. Click here for more information on the project.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Operating two Wisconsin-based educational centers in Monona and Black Earth, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center is an independent not-for-profit charitable organization providing year-round programming which “teaches the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands” in the spirit of Aldo Leopold. ALNC offers field trips, seasonal family programs, special events, summer camps, teacher training workshops and interactive exhibits. Although a separate organization, ALNC is a partner of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. The Leopold family and Nina Leopold Bradley were instrumental in the founding of both organizations. Under their guidance, ALNC offers a number of initiatives to lead visitors to a deeper understanding of Leopold's land ethic, including: the Leopold Family Interpretive Trail: taking visitors through 21 acres of restored native habitat with questions Aldo Leopold might have asked you; the Children's Shack: child-scaled replica of the actual Aldo Leopold Shack designed to teach children about Aldo Leopold and how to live lightly on the land; and the Climate Education Center: a new wing at their Monona campus designed to teach about climate science, renewable energy and sustainability through interactive exhibits and a hands-on laboratory (named in honor of Nina) that helps children document their phenological observations.
Aldo Leopold Foundation
Confused? Thought we were the same as the organizations listed above? Here's a quick summary of what we do:
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, donor-supported organization based at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The foundation’s mission is to inspire an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Leopold regarded a land ethic as a product of social evolution. “Nothing so important as an ethic is ever ‘written,’” he explained. “It evolves ‘in the minds of a thinking community.’” The foundation's membership forms a modern day "thinking community," and the foundation's programs create opportunities for rich, diverse, and productive dialogue with members and others about humanity’s relationships to land, allowing the idea of a land ethic to unfold in myriad ways. The Aldo Leopold Foundation owns and manages the original Aldo Leopold Shack and 300 surrounding acres, in addition to several other parcels, and we also manage much of the remainder of the 1,800-acre Leopold Memorial Reserve. We act as the executor of Leopold's literary estate, encourage scholarship on Leopold, and serve as a clearinghouse for information regarding Leopold, his work, and his ideas. The foundation's land stewardship initiatives work with neighbors and others to foster an understanding of the total land community, and our education programs serve nearly 10,000 visitors on-site each year, in addition to many thousands more served through this website, our Green Fire film, and other outreach programming. We also invite our audiences to connect with us via their social networks on Facebook and Twitter.