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The Aldo Leopold

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Baraboo, WI 53913
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Events and Programs

Special Events at the Leopold Center
LEAF Gifts of Mother Earth: Folk Art Workshop Series
Brown Bag Lunch Seminars
Annual Events

Stewardship Hikes

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

Special Events

Workshop: Walking Wildly with Leopold and Thoreau
Saturday, August 27th, 8:00am- noon

This class has been canceled

To walk wildly in the spirit of Aldo Leopold and Henry Thoreau means to become increasingly intimate and engaged in nature with each day and each step. Leopold's Land Ethic requires a transformation of citizenship as it "changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land community from a plain member and citizen of it." Almost a hundred years earlier, Thoreau "wished to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society."  So goes the opening of his essay "Walking."

For Thoreau, walking in nature with method and mindfulness begins and sustains this transformation. The New Tree School method of walking, or "sauntering," is derived from Thoreau's "Walking" and his other writings. This workshop will teach this method and how it can help us join Leopold's land community and recover a sense of personal wildness in the spirit of Thoreau. Please note: this is an outdoor workshop and participants should prepare for a morning in the woods.

Instructor: Jack Phillips is Principal of New Tree School and director of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center in southwest Iowa. He is author of The Bur Oak Manifesto: Seeking Nature and Planting Trees in the Great Plains. 

Little Eagle Arts Foundation and Aldo Leopold Foundation present
Gifts of Mother Earth: Folk Art Workshop Series

Each workshop features American Indian professional teaching artists, and the folk art forms presented in each workshop represent the cultural connection of the Native peoples of the Great Lakes to the land.

Workshop II
Yarn Finger Weaving with Willa Redcloud (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin)
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Cost: $80

Workshop III
Raised Beadwork with Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin)
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Cost: $80


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.


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
Meet at the Leopold Center


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: 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