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, June 26
Planning for pollinator protection in Wisconsin
Concerns over pollinator declines and the future of our food systems have spurred action at local, state, national, and international levels. Following a European Union partial ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, and a U.S. Presidential Memorandum that put pollinators on the agenda at the federal level, states, localities, and industry are responding in myriad ways. Our guest, Christina Locke, will give a background on pollinators and pollinator issues in Wisconsin and what policy approaches we are taking to address these concerns. Locke is a postdoctoral researcher in the Entomology Department at UW-Madison, with a background in ecology and land-use policy. She is chair of the Dane County Pollinator Protection Task Force and is working with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture to create a pollinator plan for the state of Wisconsin.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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