Education & Outreach Programs

“We can be ethical only in relation to something we can see, feel, understand, love or otherwise have faith in.”

The Aldo Leopold Foundation offers educational and outreach programs to increase the ecological literacy of our citizens. Many of these opportunities are hosted at the new Leopold Center and at the original Leopold Shack, where forests, wetlands and prairies serve as an outdoor classroom for exploring ecological relationships.

In addition to these programs, the Foundation also does active outreach education through our new Green Fire documentary film, a bi-annual full color magazine for our members, and a variety of special conferences and events that take place across the country and the world. Following is a summary of educational programs offered at the site in Baraboo. Click here for more information on outreach education.

On-site programs

Public and Group Tours

Visitors to the Baraboo area are welcome to come and visit us at our headquarters and take part in a guided or self-guided tour of both the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm, and the Leopold Center green building. Tours are offered on a regular basis between Memorial Day and the end of October each year. Click here to learn more.

The Land Ethic Leaders Program

This in-depth two day program equips participants with tools to get people in their communities talking about their relationships to the land in a deeper, more meaningful way. Land Ethic Leaders come out of our program with a new sense of commitment, clarity, and a sense of community in our shared service to the environment. Read more here.

The Woodland School

Since 1998, the Woodland School has been assisting people responsible for managing both public and private land in creating and realizing their own conservation vision. Learn more about the Woodland School by clicking here.

Special Events at the Leopold Center

Leopold Center Family Day
This free, family-friendly event is held annually at the Leopold Center every spring. The event features hands-on activities for kids and families, including games, writing activities, nature crafts, exhibits and displays on ways to live lightly on the land, Shack tours just for kids, and more! Bring the whole family for a great day of fun.

Art Discovery Day

Every fall, the Aldo Leopold Foundation hosts Art Discovery Day at the Leopold Center. Each year we invite a crop of new local and regional artists to participate in the annual art day event. The day features presentations, demonstrations, and time for individual interaction with each artist. We hope their work will inspire people to think more critically about their connection to the natural world. Free and open to the public.

Brown Bag Seminars
We’re keenly aware that nothing can replace the opportunity to hear writers, scholars and scientists in an intimate setting. While the Shack Seminar Series of past years no longer continues in the format long-time supporters may remember, we’re continuing to present cutting-edge ecological research and new interpretations of Aldo Leopold’s writing and philosophy through our Brown Bag Seminars. We’re lining up these weekday, lunch-time seminars as opportunities permit. Announcements are made on our e-newsletter, and in the events calendar in our local newspapers. Sign up for our e-newsletter to be sure you don't miss an opportunity to hear a speaker!

Outreach Programs

Teaching Tools

With the help of several partner organizations and enthusiastic teachers, we've compiled a list of resources that help educators use Leopold in the classroom in myriad ways. The list includes a wide variety of publications and web-based resources that we hope you'll find useful. Are you using Leopold in teaching? We would love your feedback. Learn more here.

Speaking Engagements

The Aldo Leopold Foundation staff, board, and volunteers offer lectures on a wide variety of topics related to Aldo Leopold and his ideas on our relationship with the natural world, including:

    • The life and legacy of Aldo Leopold
    • Leopold's Land Ethic
    • Land health
    • Private land conservation
    • Natural resource conservation
    • Phenology and climate change
    • Biodiversity
    • Conservation leadership
    • The design and construction of the Leopold Center
    • The work of the Aldo Leopold Foundation
    • Plus, talks custom tailored to your group’s interests

    For presentations that take place out of the Baraboo area, we do ask for funds to cover our mileage and travel expenses. Depending on the speaker requested and the context of your gathering, we may ask for a speaker honorarium to support the work of the Aldo Leopold Foundation as well. For general presentations on the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold, you may want to consider purchasing a screening license for our new documentary film, Green Fire. This 70 minute high definition documentary does an excellent job exploring Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today. Find a speaker.