The Leopold Education Project

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac. Learn more about the history and overall philosophy of LEP here. There are currently five different educator resources containing over 70 individual lessons available within the LEP curriculum. Get an overview of all of the LEP materials here.

The objectives of the Leopold Education Project (LEP) are:

• To create an ecologically literate citizenry
• To expand participant’s experience of “reading the landscape”
• To expand educators’ skills in teaching outdoor education
• To expose students to environmental literature and related activities
• To share Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, his legacy and his writings with educators and students
• To help people develop a personal land ethic

LEP is distributed by a volunteer nationwide network of State Coordinators, who organize workshops to train formal and non-formal educators to use the materials in teaching. LEP State Coordinators have access to discounted rates on the LEP materials, so workshops are an excellent (and economical) opportunity to add the land ethic to your teaching toolbox. Meet the LEP State Coordinators!

Find LEP Educator Workshops in our Calendar of Events!

You can also purchase LEP materials directly through the Aldo Leopold Foundation bookstore.

Aldo Leopold Foundation Outreach Education Coordinator Maria Kopecky is the primary point of contact for questions about LEP. You can reach her at 608-355-0279, ext. 38, or