The Leopold Education Project

The goal of the Leopold Education Project (LEP) is to create an ecologically literate citizenry by heightening student awareness of the natural world, fine-tuning the skills necessary to read the landscape, and instilling a love, admiration, and respect for the land so that each individual might develop a personal land ethic. The LEP materials are targeted mainly toward middle school and high school age students, but the lessons may also easily be adapted for use with families, adults, and elementary age children.
Learn more about the history and overall philosophy of LEP here.
Get an overview of the LEP materials here

The objectives of the Leopold Education Project are:

  • To share Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, his legacy and his writings with educators, students, and families.
  • To instill in learners, through direct experience, an appreciation and respect of the natural world so they may develop a positive relationship with the land.
  • To advance learners’ scientific understanding of the land community’s natural processes so that they may make informed decisions about conservation/land use issues.
  • To advance learners’ critical thinking skills through hands-on/minds-on activities.

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

Meet the LEP State Coordinators!

Find LEP Educator Workshops taking place across country in our Calendar of Events, or join us for a special LEP Educator Workshop at the Leopold Center on August 4, 2016.

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