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The Aldo Leopold

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
Crane Congregations

Stewardship Hikes

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

Special Events

Author Reading: Lauret Savoy
Saturday, November 5th FREE
Join us as acclaimed author Lauret Savoy offers a reading from her new book Trace. The book is a powerful and provocative meditation on place, race, and the unvoiced presence of the past. A woman of African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage, Savoy explores how the country’s still unfolding history marks a person, a people, and the land itself, weaving together human stories of migration, displacement, and erasure with personal journeys across a continent and time. From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds, from “Indian Territory” to the origin of names on the land, and from the U.S.–Mexico border to the U.S. capital, Trace counters some of our oldest and most damaging public silences by revealing often-unrecognized ties, such as the siting of Washington, DC, and the economic motives of slavery. None of these links is coincidental. Few appear in public history. All touch us. Lauret Savoy is a professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College. Her books include The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World; Bedrock: Writers on the Wonders of Geology; and Living with the Changing California Coast. She lives in Leverett, MA.

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.

Exploring Missouri's Current River Guided by Aldo Leopold's Journals
Friday, November 11th FREE
Ninety years ago in November 1926 Aldo Leopold and his two brothers made a memorable 10-day float trip down Missouri's Current River. That trip led to the purchase of Aldo's riverside "shanty" that he visited annually for quail hunting (yes, before acquiring the famous "shack" he had the less well-known "shanty"). Guided by Leopold's journals, Leopold Senior Fellow Stan Temple retraced the 1926 float trip and after much detective work found the site of Leopold's long-forgotten "shanty." 


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 December, Annual Event

2016 Dates:

Friday, October 28th, 4:30-6:30PM (FULL)
Saturday, October 29th, 4:30-6:30PM (FULL )
Wednesday, November 16th, 6:00AM- 8:00AM
Friday, December 2nd, 3:00PM-5:00PM
Saturday, December 3rd, 3:00PM- 5:00PM

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. Registration is $25 for non-members, and free for members who register by October 15th.  To register or to be added to the waiting list please contact Public Program Coordinator Anna Hawley at 608-355-0279 ext 28.





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: LEAF Gifts of Mother Earth: Folk Art Workshop Series- Birchbark Basketry
Monday-Friday, September 26th-30th: Basic Wetland Delineation
Saturday, September 24th: LEAF Gifts of Mother Earth: Folk Art Workshop Series- Finger Weaving/Yarn Sashes
Saturday, October 1st: LEAF Gifts of Mother Earth: Folk Art Workshop Series- 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