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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

Free guided hikes of the Leopold Memorial Reserve

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

Dates: May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Leopold Center

Bus Tour: Aldo Leopold's Wisconsin

Fall is a great time to breathe in fresh crisp air, relish the smoky gold of Wisconsin’s tamaracks, and delight in finding the first red lanterns reflecting October sun. You will not want to miss an awe-inspiring sunset and the chance to hear the calls of migrating Sandhill Cranes as they descend onto a Wisconsin River sandbar behind the Leopold Shack. This will be an exciting opportunity for you to visit the places that inspired so much of Aldo Leopold’s writing and to learn how the foundation continues to apply and advocate his land ethic philosophy. This tour organized and offered by Naturalist Journeys minimizes travel times and maximizes experiences. Your resort lodging on the banks of the Wisconsin River will be close to the Leopold Shack and the daily schedules include places where Leopold’s pioneering work left a land ethic legacy. Experiencing these places should give deeper insights, so we made sure that you have time to interact, inquire and contemplate Leopold’s philosophy. Review the details and full itinerary on the Naturalist Journey’s website.

Dates: October 11-17th 2015
Tour organizer/registration : Naturalist Journey's

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 (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, July 17
Building a Better Food Community
Locavore. It's a word we’ve heard more and more often the past few years, used to describe those who strive to eat seasonally and sustainably from food production systems within their own regions. Unfortunately, it’s also a word that can communicate elitism. Author and activist Ali Berlow argues that in the language of food justice, we should talk about eaters; we all eat, and we should all have affordable access to healthy, whole, fresh food. In her new book The Food Activist Handbook, Ali offers the tools and inspiration to make a difference in how and what we eat sharing knowledge accumulated from government programs, nonprofits, interfaith organizations, businesses, and individuals alike.


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 Anna Hawley 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