Aldo Leopold: A Standard of Change
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6-7 pm, FREE! Come at 5pm for a potluck!
Tennessee-based storyteller and writer Jim Pfitzer has created a
one-man play to tell the story of Aldo Leopold. Set in one evening
in and around the famous Wisconsin Shack that inspired much
of his writing, Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change explores
the influences and challenges that led Aldo Leopold to penning
his widely popular book A Sand County Almanac. As the lights
come up, Leopold walks up the path. It has been 64 years since
his death, and as many years since he has seen his now historic
Shack. Awaiting him are surprises, memories, emotions, and stories to be shared. Leopold invites
his audience to join him as he reacquaints himself with his beloved landscape, remembers influential
friends and family, quotes from some of his most important writings, and ponders his legacy. Join us
at the Leopold Center for this stage show!
Annual Events at the Leopold Center
Third Saturday in May, Annual Event
2014 event date: Saturday, May 17
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 you would like to volunteer during this event please contact Anna Hawley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-355-0279.
Good Neighbor Day
Saturday, October 19, 2013 (annual event in partnership with the International Crane Foundation)
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
2013 Event Date: Saturday, October 26
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.
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! See this year's program.
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!
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 (get 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 26 - 12:00-1:30pm
John Hausdoerffer has been a Visiting Fellow with the Leopold Foundation for the month of April. He will end his visit by presenting a lunchtime lecture and discussion on Friday, April 26 from noon-1:30pm. He will examine the environmental justice potential of Leopold's land ethic. Sharing images and interviews from recent research trips around the world, Dr. Hausdoerffer will compare Leopold's notions of 'spiritual dangers,' 'biotic citizenship,' 'land health,' and 'community' with the current philosophies and movements of Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke, Devon Pena, and the late Wangari Maathai. Open discussion of a possible 'home/land ethic' that connects the land ethic with environmental justice will close the session.
Friday, July 12 - 12:00-1:30pm
Kevin Searock is an outdoor writer whose work has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Midwest Fly Fishing, Wisconsin Trails, and Wisconsin Outdoor Journal. On Friday, July 12 from noon – 1:30pm Kevin will be reading from his new book Troutsmith – An Angler’s Tales and Travels, released earlier this year by the University of Wisconsin Press. Through his images and essays, Kevin will explore the connections between land, water, and people as seen through the eyes of a life-long angler. Kevin will sign and remarque copies of Troutsmith at the end of the session.
Friday, July 26 - 12:00-1:30pm
Dr. Brei's current research aims to bring together Leopold's notion of an "ecological conscience" and current work on social trends and transmission. Moral progress being the result, ultimately, of changes in the ways people think, it seems desirable to hasten the cultivation of the mindset Leopold gained himself and encouraged in others. Dr. Brei will spend time in July at the UW-Madison Archives and the Aldo Leopold Foundation, trying to tie together these conceptual threads. His presentation on Friday, July 26th, from noon to 1:30, will involve locating "Western" culture's position along the threshold between the second and third stages in Leopold's ethical sequence. This being very much a work in progress (double-meaning intended), questions and suggestions are welcome.
Paul Van Auken
Friday, August 16th - 12:00-1:30pm
Paul Van Auken is a community and environmental sociologist who is a member of the sociology department and environmental studies program at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He obtained his Ph.D. at UW-Madison and worked in the department of rural sociology; while there, he began to learn more about Aldo Leopold and his legacy. His dissertation--a comparative study of community change in Bayfield County, Wisconsin and neighboring islands on the Western coast of Norway--proposes a revitalized sociological framework of the concept of community, which incorporates Leopold's definition of the land and ideas about community. The result is a place-based, bioregional conception of community, a term that is frequently used but often poorly defined/understood, which is problematic for academics and community members alike. Paul used a version of participatory action research in this study and has gone on to explore these ideas using similar methods in rural and urban areas of Wisconsin. He looks forward to sharing and discussing these ideas, methods, and case studies.
Friday, September 6th - 12:00-1:30pm
In January, 1921, while Aldo was working for the U.S. Forest Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he set off on a journey to secure a special-order A.H. Fox shotgun. Recently this gun was donated to the Aldo Leopold Foundation by Fritz Leopold. Jeff Nania helped facilitate the process of shipping the gun to the foundation and also researched its origins. An avid hunter himself, Jeff took a special interest in this project and has spent the last six months uncovering the story of how Leopold procured such a special gun. On Friday, September 6, Jeff will reveal the story at the Leopold Center. The A.H. Fox shotgun will be present during the presentation. Jeff has spent a lifetime restoring native ecosystems, gathering awards and recognition along the way. Most recently, he co-founded Wisconsin’s Field Corps program to engage students in environmental learning.
Friday, September 20th - 12:00-1:30pm
Frank Aragona is the Program Director at Holistic Management International (HMI). HMI’s mission is to educate people to manage land for a sustainable future; we accomplish this by training farmers, ranchers, and other land stewards in sustainable agricultural practices and business management techniques. During this lunchtime discussion, Frank will present the work that HMI is doing around the United States. He will share many of the innovative practices that Holistic Management practitioners are implementing around the world. Frank will conclude his talk with a facilitated group discussion relating Aldo Leopold’s land ethic with the practice and importance of sustainable agriculture.
Friday, October 11 - 12:00-1:30pm
Tom Heberlein, an environmental sociologist, and professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 30 years is a visiting professor (emeritus) at the department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, in Umeå Sweden. He initiated Lodi Reads Leopold in 2000, which led to the Leopold Weekend. Heberlein, a Portage native, began reading Leopold in 1963 at the University of Chicago and continues today. The topic of his talk, “Navigating Environmental Attitudes: Further Lessons From Leopold” is based on his recently published book, Navigating Environmental Attitudes (Oxford University Press, 2012). He will discuss how Leopold both in his writing, and in his daily life illustrated some basic principles of attitude structure, change, influence on behavior, and changes in norms. Based on these social psychological principles critical problems with the land ethic are suggested. Books will be available for sale and signing after the talk. The proceeds from all sales will be donated to the Leopold Foundation.
Ryan McVeigh and Eric Roscoe
Friday, October 25 - 12:00-1:30pm
Two representatives from the Madison Area Herpetological Society, Ryan McVeigh and Eric Roscoe, will present a seminar on Wisconsin's native species of reptiles and amphibians. Come learn about which species are native to Wisconsin, which are venomous, and what property and landowners can do to help protect and conserve these often misunderstood and underrepresented animals on their own properties. Ryan McVeigh founded the Madison Area Herpetological Society in 2010. He wanted to share his love of reptiles with all around him and help educate people on their proper care. Before that, Ryan had done school shows and worked in a pet store educating young kids about the wonders of the reptile world and how to keep them properly. His love of reptiles started when he was only 4 years old as he was always chasing and catching frogs, salamanders, and garter snakes. Ryan has been keeping reptiles since he was 7 years old and has been actively breeding them in captivity for the past 5 years. Ryan graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a Project Engineer by day, and reptile enthusiast by night. As time goes on his love for these animals and spreading education continues to grow! Eric Roscoe graduated in December 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis on herpetology. He has always been interested in all animals, but particularly reptiles and amphibians, since the age of 5. Finding his first garter snake on a farm in Wisconsin kicked off his interest in reptiles. He would find and catch local frogs, turtles, and snakes at summer camps, his backyard, and wherever else he could wander off to. He now has an interest in the keeping and propagation of blood pythons, carpet pythons, ball pythons, corn snakes, western hognose, and hopefully some day reticulated pythons.
Friday, December 13 - 12:00-1:30pm
Dr. Christopher Webster has been a Visiting Scholar with the Leopold Foundation for the fall. He will end his visit by presenting a lunchtime lecture and discussion on Friday, December 13th from noon-1:30pm. He will examine the role of hunting in Leopold's land ethic.
Sharing research and insights from Leopold’s writings, Dr. Webster will examine the evolving role of hunters in the conservation and management of wild ungulate populations. This seminar will explore the changing landscape of deer abundance, associated ecological impacts, and the contemporary role of hunting in Leopold's land ethic. Open discussion will close the session.