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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
Woodland School Workshops

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

Special Events

Public Grand Opening of the Leopold Memorial Site
Saturday, October 31
Time TBA
In conjunction with Leopold Center Art Day


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.

Saturday, September 12, Noon-1:00pm
Adapting to Extreme Rainfall: Using the 2008 Baraboo River flood to prepare for climate change
Heavy rainfall across the Baraboo River watershed in June 2008 led to unprecedented flooding and damages. Learn how extreme rainfall may be more common in the future, and how what we have learned from the 2008 storm can be used by communities to reduce risk from future floods. Our guest presenter, David Liebl, is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Statewide Stormwater Management Specialist for UW-Cooperative Extension, and Co-Director of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. David works closely with communities to provide educational programming and technical assistance for stormwater management in a changing climate. He leads UW-Cooperative Extension's "Climate Resilient Communities" initiative to anticipate and prepare for changes in Wisconsin's extreme weather.

Saturday, October 3, Noon-1:00pm
Beekeeping Basics
Are you interested in the basics of beekeeping? Join our guest John Rogers as he explains basic bee biology and how to get started with your own hive. The presentation will cover essential beekeeping equipment as well as practical tips for beginners. John is a Baraboo native who started beekeeping six years ago. He started out small with seven hives, but now his "hobby" has turned into a business with over 500 hives this year, spanning four counties. John is president of the Sauk/Columbia County Honey Producers Club and is the Southern District Chair for the Wisconsin Honey Producers.


Annual Events at the Leopold Center

Family Day

Third Saturday in May, Annual Event
2015 event date: Saturday, May 16
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 Maria Kopecky at or 608-355-0279.


Good Neighbor Day

Saturday, October 17, 2015
(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.


Art Day

Last Saturday in October, Annual Event
2015 Event Date: Saturday, October 31

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 Maria Kopecky at or 608-355-0279.


Crane Congregations

CranesLate 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

2015 Classes (Click here for more information)

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

Sat., October 17th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1 - Women Only