Tours at the Leopold Center
Note: all tour programs are free for members of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Join now!
This is our most popular tour offering! The land surrounding the Shack was the chief inspiration for the essays in A Sand County Almanac, and continues to provide a living classroom for exploring dynamic ecological relationships and conservation history. You may explore the Shack on either a guided or self-guided tour. (Note, during heavy snow cover the Shack site is not accessible)
Guided Public Shack tours last approximately two hours and are led by knowledgable guides. Come hear stories about the incredible land restoration initiated here by Aldo Leopold and his family, visit the inside of the famous Shack, and stroll along restored prairie, woods and river trails with our guide.
Guided Public Shack Tour Schedule
Guided Public Shack tour fees:
Self-Guided Shack Tours
Self-guided Shack tour schedule:
Self-guided Shack tour fees:
The Leopold Center Green Building
This 42 minute audio tour takes you from room to room in the Leopold Center, describing in detail all of the design techniques, alternative energy technologies, and green building materials that we used to make the Leopold Center one of the greenest buildings in the nation, and a 21st century reflection of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Education staff will show you how to operate the mp3 player, and give you a map and guide to accompany the recording. This tour was made possible by a grant from the National Association for Interpretation, Region 5.
Leopold Center Audio Tour Fees and Schedule:
Guided Leopold Center tours are offered for groups of 10 or more by appointment.
Virtual Leopold Center Tour Options
Explore the web-based virtual tour here.
Watch a 10 minute feature on the building's design and construction below, and you can explore more content on our YouTube channel!
Private Property. The Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm is not open for recreational use, and visitors may only access the property on a formal guided or self-guided tour. Visitors must always check in at the Leopold Center first for permission to access the Shack.
Dogs. We're sorry, pets are not permitted at the Shack property. You may hike with your dog on leash on the Leopold Center trails.
Accessibility. The 300 yard dirt driveway leading to the Shack itself is accessible by wheelchair, but the rest of the trails are not. Tour routes and hiking trails may have occasional obstacles such as tree stumps, exposed roots, or downed branches.The Aldo Leopold Foundation assumes no responsibility for any injury and/or accident to a person or persons while visiting our property.
Respect. Smoking, use of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, and littering are prohibited.
Water. Swimming in the Wisconsin River is strictly prohibited. Currents are extremely dangerous and the bottom constantly shifts, creating dropoffs. Many people drown every year in this body of water. No swimming allowed.