There are currently no special events planned at the Leopold Center.
Brown Bag Seminars
Thoughout the year, the foundation will offer periodic brownbag seminars from 12-1:30pm on weekdays. Our brown bag lecture series presents cutting-edge ecological research and new interpretations of Aldo Leopold’s writing and philosophy. Bring a bag lunch and join us for these free lunchtime talks at the Leopold Center (directions here), then plan to stay for the afternoon to tour the Shack, hike our trails, or explore our exhibits to learn more about Leopold’s legacy.
Friday, April 10
: How Citizen Activists in WI Led the Way
Join journalist and author Bill Berry as he tells the inspiring story about average citizens who joined with scientists to wage one of the first and most important battles of the modern environmental era – seeking a national ban on DDT. Berry’s presentation will focus on the importance of citizen activism as a voice for the environment. Featured activists will include Harold and Carla Kruse of Loganville and Joseph Hickey, the first person hired by Aldo Leopold in the Department of Wildlife Management at UW-Madison. “The case against DDT was in many ways built on Leopold’s land ethic and served as a real-world test of its validity,” says Berry.
Friday, May 15
The 1930s WI Land Economic Inventory: What we can learn from Bordner Maps
Join Dr. David Mladenoff, professor in forest and landscape ecology at UW-Madison, as he discusses his work digitalizing the 1930’s Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory (Bordner Survey) and what analysis of the detailed data can tell us about forest disturbance and change following the destructive logging of Northern Wisconsin. Bordner Survey maps were hand-drawn by land surveyors as a Depression-era project, documenting the history of the WI landscape and describing the features, spaces, and quality of land at the time. The ground-breaking survey led to some of the first zoning ordinances in the US, guiding land use and development decisions.
Annual Events at the Leopold Center
Third Saturday in May, Annual Event
2015 event date: Saturday, May 16
12:00 - 4:00pm
Every spring, we kick off our visitation season with our annual Family Day event at the Leopold Center! This is a free, family-friendly event, featuring hands-on activities for kids and families. The day has included hikes, live reptiles, hayrides, watercolor painting, and more! Your family can visit the Leopold Shack and explore the woods, prairies, and river just like the Leopold family did 75 years ago. Food is available for purchase on-site. Come on out and bring the kids for an afternoon of fun!
If you would like to volunteer during this event please contact Maria Kopecky at email@example.com or 608-355-0279.
Good Neighbor Day
Free admission for our public guided Shack tour on Saturday at 1 p.m. to anyone who brings in a donation for the local food pantry. Good neighbor day is run in conjunction with the International Crane Foundation which will have a similar free admission program running the same weekend.
Last Saturday in October, Annual Event
2015 Event Date: Saturday, October 31
Every fall, we end our visitation season with our annual Leopold Center Art Discovery Day event at the Leopold Center. Art Day is fun for the whole family! It features presentations, demonstrations, and time for individual interaction with each artist. Each year we select a group of inspiring regional artists and artisans that find inspiration in the land ethic and the natural world for their work. This is a great event to discover new art and maybe even start your holiday shopping a little early. Join us! If you are an artist or artisan who would like to submit an application for consideration to be a part of Art Discovery Day, please contact Anna Hawley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-355-0279.
Late October/Early November, Annual Event
2015 Dates TBD
Every fall, thousands of sandhill cranes use the sandbars and islands in the Wisconsin River for staging prior to migration. Seeing and hearing these spectacular congregations of birds is an absolutely incredible experience. The river just behind the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm property provides the most premier vantage point for crane viewing available in the region. Program dates and registration willl be announced first to Aldo Leopold Foundation members. Join today to be the first to hear about this amazing wildlife viewing opportunity!
Leopold Center trails now open!
Our new upland trail system is now open for hikers to explore. Stop by anytime we are open and ask for a trail map to head out and explore! New interpretive signs have recently been installed to help visitors read the landscape they are exploring.. The development of the interpretive trail was funded in part by grants from the Sauk County UW-Extension Arts & Culture Committee, the Natural Resources Foundation's Besadny Grant Program, and the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation. Thank you!
Woodland School Workshops
Sat., March 14th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1
Sat., March 26-27th: Introduction to Prescribed Burning
Sat., May 9th: Backyard Ecology
Sat., September 26th: The Art of Nature