From Hunt to Harvest at the Leopold Center
Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22
In January and February, UW-Madison will be offering a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) titled “The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and Conservation.” On 2/21 and 2/22, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, WI Department of Natural Resources, and UW-Madison are co-hosting a weekend of events to correspond with the MOOC and engage the community in hunting-related activities. On Saturday, the DNR will be facilitating a Learn to Hunt program for new adult hunters. On Sunday, the Leopold Center will host a full day of free activities, to include butchering and cooking demos, guest speakers, hands-on activities, information tables, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for some portions of the weekend. More information on the MOOC and the event can be found here: http://moocs.wisc.edu/mooc/landethic/
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.
Upcoming Brown Bag Seminars: (More information to come soon!)
Friday, April 10
The Role of WI Activists in Banning DDT
Bill Berry, author
Friday, May 15
The WI Land Economic Inventory of the 1930s (Bordner Maps)
David Mladenoff, professor
Annual Events at the Leopold Center
Third Saturday in May, Annual Event
2015 event date: Saturday, May 16
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 you would like to volunteer during this event please contact Anna Hawley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-355-0279.
Good Neighbor Day
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.
Last Saturday in October, Annual Event
2015 Event Date: Saturday, October 31
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 email@example.com or 608-355-0279.
Late 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
Sat., February 21st: The Art of Nature
Sat., March 14th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1
Sat., March 26-27th: Introduction to Prescribed Burning
Sat., May 9th: Backyard Ecology