What is Aldo Leopold Weekend?
Aldo Leopold Weekend is a program model for bringing your community together around Aldo Leopold's idea of a land ethic. The name "Aldo Leopold Weekend" has its roots in Wisconsin, where annually the first full weekend of March has that official designation and Wisconsin communities across the state coordinate events that all happen at the same time. Leopold-themed events have spread far beyond the borders of Wisconsin since the event's inception in 2000, and are now celebrated across the nation in various ways and at various times throughout the year! What happens on 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 as part of your community, you may want to plan an event!
Aldo Leopold Weekend 2015 (in WI): March 6-8
Get involved today!
The Aldo Leopold Weekend celebration can be replicated in communities across the nation and the Aldo Leopold Foundation can 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 plans for a Leopold Weekend event.
Leopold Weekend History
On March 4, 2000, the citizens of Lodi 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, 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 throughout the Legislature 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.
Thank you to The Boldt Company for their ongoing support of Aldo Leopold Weekend events in Wisconsin and beyond!