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P.O.Box 77
Baraboo, WI 53913
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Events and Programs

Special Events at the Leopold Center
Brown Bag Lunch Seminars
Annual Events

Stewardship Hikes

Ongoing programs:
Public Tours, guided and self guided
Land Ethic Leaders Trainings

Special Events

Leopold Education Project Workshop
Thursday, August 4, 2016
9:00am - 4:00pm
Aldo Leopold Legacy Center - Baraboo, WI

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac. Originally created by a Wisconsin high school science teacher, LEP uses Leopold's writings as a springboard for engaging students in natural science curriculum. Are you a formal or informal educator who would like to incorporate Aldo Leopold and the land ethic in your instruction? Join us for this one-day workshop at the Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, WI – less than a mile from the historic Shack property! Participants will receive a set of LEP materials and instruction on how to apply LEP and Leopold’s own teaching techniques with their students. Specific workshop details TBD. 

Cost: $50
Dowload an informational flyer here.
Click here to register.

Note: This LEP training will precede a two-day Land Ethic Leaders workshop, so that anyone interested can attend both programs. Participants who register for both the LEP and LEL workshops also have the option of enrolling in one
continuing education credit from the Hamline University School of Education. Individuals interested in this opportunity should contact Treva Breuch, Wisconsin LEP State Coordinator.

Brown Bag Seminars

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.

Finding a Story in Field Notes
Friday, June 17th
12:00pm-1:00pm; FREE

Do you carry a pen and paper when you take a walk? Maybe that sounds like too much trouble, but keeping field notes can help improve our observation skills and make us better naturalists. Doreen Pfost will discuss tools and techniques for taking notes in the field and will offer tips on how to organize and use those notes. A brief reading from her recent book This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte, and will illustrate how field notes can become part of a published work.

Doreen Pfost is a writer and communications consultant who lives in Elroy, Wisconsin. She is the author of This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte (2016), a book that weaves field notes, natural history, and human history into a series of interconnected essays about Nebraska’s Platte River, where a half-million sandhill cranes stop over each year on their spring migration. Her blog, “A Naturalist Walks Home,” can be found on her website, The blog is a how-to guide and roving memoir to help amateur naturalists deepen their connection to the land through nature study and recreation.


Stewardship Hikes

Aldo Leopold once wrote that “conservation is a slow and laborious unfolding of a new relationship between people and land”. Join our Land Stewardship Staff as they highlight the uniqueness of our property and what it means to continue Leopold’s legacy of land management.

Wednesdays: May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31
6:00PM -8:00PM
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Annual Events at the Leopold Center

Family Day/ Open House

Third Saturday in May, Annual Event
Saturday, May 21 2016
12:00 - 4:00pm

Family DayEvery 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 Anna Hawley at or 608-355-0279.


Art Day

Last Saturday in October, Annual Event
Saturday, October 29 2016

ArtDayEvery 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 or 608-355-0279.


Crane Congregations

CranesLate October/Early November, Annual Event

2016 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 will be announced first to Aldo Leopold Foundation members. Join today to be the first to hear about this amazing wildlife viewing opportunity!





Hike the Leopold Center trails!

Stop by anytime we are open and ask for a trail map to head out and explore! The trails feature interpretive signs 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!



Workshops/ Classes

2016 Classes

Sat., March 5th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1
Sun., March 6th: Chainsaw Safety Level 2
Thurs. & Fri, March 24-25th: Introduction to Prescribed Burning
Monday-Friday, May 23rd-27th: Basic Wetland Delineation
Tuesday-Thursday, June 21st-23rd: Problematic Wetland Delineation
Monday-Tuesday, July 11th-12th: Field Practicum for Wetland Delineation
Thursday-Friday, July 14th-15th: Advanced Hydric Soils
Tuesday-Friday, July 26th-29th: Plant ID for Wetland Delineators
Saturday, Aug 13th: Native Folk Art Classes: Birchbark Baskets
Monday-Friday, September 26th-30th: Basic Wetland Delineation
Saturday, September 24th: Native Folk Art Classes: Finger Weaving/Yarn Sashes
Saturday, October 1st: Native Folk Art Classes: Raised Beadwork
Saturday, October 8th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1 - Women Only
Saturday, November 5th: Chainsaw Safety Level 3
Saturday, November 6th: Chainsaw Safetly Level 4