What is Aldo Leopold Weekend?ALW logo

Aldo Leopold Weekend is a program model for bringing communities together around Aldo Leopold's idea of a land ethic, typically occurring during the officially- designated Leopold Weekend in Wisconsin (celebrated annually during the first weekend of March) and Leopold Week in Iowa (celebrated annually during the first full week of March).

What happens during Aldo Leopold Weekend? Showings of the Green Fire film. Readings from A Sand County Almanac. Leopold bench building workshops. Discussions and roundtables and hikes. In short, lots of great things! If you are interested in bringing people together to celebrate Leopold’s ideas and inspire a new commitment to his vision of a land ethic in your community, you may want to plan an event!

Aldo Leopold Weekend 2016 in Wisconsin: March 4-6
Aldo Leopold Week in Iowa 2016: March 6-12
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Other Leopold-themed events may take place throughout the year all across the country. Find an event near you!

Get involved today!

Aldo Leopold Weekend celebrations can be replicated in communities across the nation and the Aldo Leopold Foundation will be happy to provide you with information and support. To learn more about how you can be involved, read the online event planner guide and contact us to let us know about your event plans.

Leopold Weekend History

MillerOn March 4, 2000, the citizens of Lodi, WI congregated to read A Sand County Almanac aloud, cover to cover. The Friends of Scenic Lodi Valley (event organizers) dubbed the gathering “Lodi Reads Leopold.” Reading started at noon and ended at 10 that night. The session spanned two locations, involved 35 readers, and was so inspiring that they decided it should be an annual experience.

During the 4th annual Lodi Reads Leopold event, George Meyer, former Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a “celebrity reader,” wondered aloud why every community in the state wasn’t reading Leopold that weekend. State Legislator Mark Miller shouted from the audience, “I’ll introduce that legislation.” That spark caught on, burning bright with bi-partisan support to recognize Wisconsin’s most noted conservationist. One year later, in March of 2004, Governor James Doyle signed legislation designating the first weekend in March Aldo Leopold Weekend across Wisconsin.

Today, reading events have expanded across Wisconsin’s state boundaries, and blossomed to include activities that involve the whole community.

2016 Media Coverage

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Portage Daily Register (3/6/16): Conservationist surprised with lifetime achievement award

Door County Daily News (3/6/16): Crossroads at Big Creek is Celebrating Leopold Weekend

WPR Wisconsin Life (3/4/16): A Lifetime of Reading and Loving Aldo Leopold

WPR Morning Edition (3/4/16): A Look at Musicians Who Have Brought Aldo Leopold's Words to Life Through Song

Wisconsin State Journal (3/4/16): Madison Reads Leopold at UW Arboretum

Sun Prairie Star (3/1/16): Troop 333 marks Leopold's legacy on March 5

Green Bay Press Gazette (3/1/16): Crossroads: Reading marathon celebrates Aldo Leopold

Tallahassee Democrat (2/29/16): Refuge celebrates Aldo Leopold Week

Door County Pulse (2/26/16): Celebrate Aldo Leopold Weekend with Marathon Reading

LaCrosse Tribune (2/24/16): Event to celebrate Leopold