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.
Blind Spots -- Big-Picture Holes in Parkland Ecosystem Management
Thursday, March 10th
Over the past three years, Beverly Hills-based eco-adventure traveler Bryan Brown has completed historic solo,unsupported, source-to-mouth kayak descents of three embattledNorth American watersheds: the Colorado, the Yukon, and Canada's MacKenzie. These grand efforts support his focus upon the big-picture environmental issues facing complex watersheds. The drive behind this effort was to compare the heavily modified Colorado watershed with the nearly pristine Yukon watershed -- using the MacKenzie watershed as a midpoint benchmark. The results of this comprehensive review are surprising in a number of ways - join us to discover the outcome.
By vocation, Bryan Brown is a Wall Street Market Strategist. By avocation, he is an eco/adventure traveler, writer, and speaker on topics including expedition planning and execution, ecology and the environment, and leadership and motivation. Bryan has completed the first self-supported, solo, source-to-mouth kayak descents of the primary Colorado River watershed and Alaska's fabled Yukon River in history as well as the longest solo descent in history of Canada's MacKenzie River watershed. His river portfolio now includes approximately 7,000 miles of wilderness travel under some of the most challenging conditions possible. Join us on Thursday, March 10 at 12:00PM for a fast-paced review of the challenges we face collectively as stewards of true wilderness.
Annual Events at the Leopold Center
Family Day/ Open House
Third Saturday in May, Annual Event
Saturday, May 21 2016
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 Anna Hawley at email@example.com or 608-355-0279.
Last Saturday in October, Annual Event
Saturday, October 29 2016
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
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!
Sat., March 5th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1
Sun., March 6th: Chainsaw Safety Level 2
Thurs. & Fri,, March 24-25th: Introduction to Prescribed Burning
Sat., October 8th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1 - Women Only
Sat., November 5th: Chainsaw Safety Level 3
Sat., November 6th: Chainsaw Safetly Level 4