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The Aldo Leopold Foundation has speakers available for the following topics:

    • 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

    Your group can book a lecture to coincide with a visit to the Leopold Center, or you can arrange for a speaker to come to your group’s meeting place. In addition to travel expenses, we charge a negotiable honorarium to support the work of our organization. To inquire about booking a speaker, please send us a message with details on your gathering, including the date, the expected attendance, information about the audience, and requested topic/focus.

Keynote level speakers

StanProfessor Stanley Temple is recently retired from the academic position at the University of Wisconsin once held by Aldo Leopold. He is now a Professor Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Professor Temple is a noted authority on conservation issues and Aldo Leopold’s contributions to the field. He is a popular public speaker, and while at the University of Wisconsin he won every teaching award for which he was eligible. He has done conservation work in 21 countries. He has received national and international recognition for his diverse contributions to the field of conservation. Among his accomplishments, he is a past President of the Society for Conservation Biology and past Chairman of the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He has authored over 330 publications on conservation and ecology.

FladerDr. Susan Flader is past chair and current member of the Board of Directors of the Aldo Leopold Foundation and has written extensively about Aldo Leopold. She is featured in the film as she shares perspective on Leopold's place in environmental history, and his influence on conservation work today, likening these efforts to a veritable "fierce green fire" of good work to connect people and land at the local level. Dr. Flader is professor emerita at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she taught courses in U.S. Western and environmental history, world environmental history, and the history of Missouri. In addition to numerous articles she has authored or edited six books, among them Thinking Like a Mountain: Aldo Leopold and the Evolution of an Ecological Attitude Towards Deer, Wolves, and Forests (1974; 1994), The Great Lakes Forest: An Environmental and Social History (1983); The River of the Mother of God and Other Essays by Aldo Leopold with J.B. Callicott (1991); and Exploring Missouri's Legacy: State Parks and Historic Sites (1992). She is past president of the American Society for Environmental History and serves on many other professional and environmental boards and committees.

MeineDr. Curt Meine is a conservation biologist and writer based in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s degree in English and History from DePaul University in Chicago and his graduate degrees in Land Resources from the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His doctoral dissertation was a biography of Aldo Leopold, published as Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (University of Wisconsin Press, 1988). Curt currently serves as a director with the Center for Humans and Nature, as senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and as research associate with the International Crane Foundation. He is also active locally as a founding member of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance in Sauk County, Wisconsin.

BuddyBuddy Huffaker has been the Executive Director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation since 1999 (he joined the Foundation as Ecologist in 1996).  Engaged nationally in the conservation movement, Huffaker has participated in the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation and was elected to represent the Northeast Region at the US Forest Service’s Centennial Congress.  In addition, he has contributed to two books; The Farm as a Natural Habitat (Island Press) and Aldo Leopold and the Ecological Conscience (Oxford University Press). 

Building upon his academic background in landscape architecture, Huffaker was deeply involved in every aspect of the design and construction of the Leopold Center and now serves as a leading voice for the importance of merging the interests of the green building and conservation movements.  Buddy holds a degree in Not-for-Profit Management in the Kellogg School of Management Executive Scholar Program at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and has earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Fundraising School at Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN).