May 12:
Leopold Center Gardening Day

May 15:
Early-Bird Deadline for LEP Conference

May 22:
Family Day

June 4:
Expert Tour of the Leopold Center

June 9:
Leopold Center Gardening Day

June 17-19:
Leopold Education Project National Conference

The Woodland School

In the coming year, we are offering an array of Woodland School classes to advance your land stewardship practice, from the classics—chainsaw safety, prescribed fire—to new opportunities like birding the Leopold Memorial Reserve with experts. We hope you'll let one pique your curiosity and join us in the field!

Support the Work of the Foundation

Become a key partner in helping us spread the land ethic, advance the science of land health, preserve the Leopold shack and farm, and train new leaders for the future of conservation. Join today!

Visiting the Leopold Center

The Leopold Center is closed for the season. Visits from Nov.-Apr. are by appointment only. Beginning in May, the Leopold Center will be open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.


The Outlook e-Newsletter

May 2010

Leopold Shack Dedicated National Historic Landmark

U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin, Associate Regional Director of the National Park Service Steve Adams, and Nina Leopold Bradley all spoke in honor of Aldo Leopold on Friday, May 7, as his historic “Shack” was dedicated a National Historic Landmark. the highest distinction an historic site can receive.

“The National Historic Landmark designation places Leopold and his vision among sites such as Mount Vernon, Monticello, Lincoln’s home, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s home,” said Buddy Huffaker, Executive Director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. “By extension, it places the Land Ethic in the same company as Liberty and Justice as key values by which our country has been shaped and as a value which should continue to inform and inspire our future.”

Join Us For Family Day!

Come join us on May 22, and bring the kids! The foundation will host its first annual Family Day celebration from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. A variety of activities will be fun for kids of all ages and parents, too! Activities include:

* Shack Tours for Kids, by Kids
* Recycled Paper Making
* Native Prairie Seed Ball Making
* Family Questing
* Outdoor Living Skills
* Orienteering and Knot-Tying
* Nature Poetry for Kids
* Meet a Live Vulture!

We'll also feature musician Ken Lonnquist beginning at 3pm! This event is free and open to all ages. Help us spread the word! Download an emailable flyer about the event. This event is supported by generous support from Don Larson Automotive, Don Rick Insurance, and Foresite Software.

Volunteers Needed!
If you would like to help us out by volunteering at Family Day, please contact Jennifer Kobylecky at or 608-355-0279, ext. 27. Hope to see you there!

Foundation Announces Spring Membership Drive

The foundation has just launched its first ever formal membership drive! We need your help to extend Leopold’s vision and values! If you have not yet joined us as a member, we hope you will consider joining today. If you already support us, please ask a friend, family member, co-worker, or acquaintance to join the Aldo Leopold Foundation family and its mission. Or give a gift membership--any new memberships will double their support for the foundation’s work through a generous $7,500 challenge grant offered by the foundation's Board of Directors.

Our members not only provide the critical financial resources necessary to the foundation’s on-going efforts, but also formally demonstrate a growing number of people, families, businesses, and organizations that understand the importance of a healthier and more sustainable relationship with the natural world. In addition to having the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to develop a Land Ethic in our society you will also get the membership benefits that include our bi-annual magazine The Leopold Outlook, a monthly eNewsletter, invitations to seminars, workshops, special events, reduced fees for classes, free admission to scheduled tours of the Shack and Leopold Center. Visit our membership page today!

Get the Early-Bird Rate—Register Now for LEP!

Registration is now open for the Leopold Education Project National Conference, June 17-19, 2010. The conference focuses on skills for formal and non-formal environmental educators and methods for incorporating the thinking of Aldo Leopold -- including the concepts of a land ethic and land health -- into educational programs and discussions. This conference will offer new skills to develop and lead conservation and environmental education projects in your home communities. Sessions will inspire attendees with success stories of projects that creatively link individuals and their natural communities to benefit both. They will also provide participants with practical skills to take home. This year, we will feature keynote speakers Scott Russell Sanders and Marybeth Lorbiecki. See a detailed program of sessions for our other offerings. We will end the conference with a scenic boat trip through the Wisconsin Dells rock formations on the Wisconsin River. Early-bird registration closes on May 15, so register today!

ALF Executive Director Attends White House Conference

On Friday, April 16, Executive Director Buddy Huffaker represented the Aldo Leopold Foundation at a gathering of the nation’s leading conservation voices convened by the White House. President Obama brought together the nation’s leading conservationists for the White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors, a tradition initiated by Theodore Roosevelt. The President's aim was to chart a strategy for conservation in the 21st century, launching an initiative to protect special places from urban gardens to working farmland to the last remaining wild places in the United States and connecting Americans with the natural resources that provide opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, and biking, as well as provide us with clean air, food, and water. A memorandum signed by the President at the event set the stage for the public, private partnership necessary to insure future generations have all of the benefits provided by healthy fields and forests. Watch the President's speech and read about the conference in the White House blog.

Notes from the Field

Garlic mustard season started early this year! Due to a very early spring, garlic mustard plants have already begun setting seed in our woods. The foundation's stewardship team has been combatting it with our time-tested garlic mustard protocol. They anticipate that this Friday will be the last day they are able to effectively use herbicide in fighting the plant, about two weeks earlier than in past years. Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is a non-native plant that is taking over the understory of woodlands across Wisconsin and much of the eastern United States. Every spring, our land stewardship crew spends hundreds of hours controlling the weed on our property. You can learn more about how we address garlic mustard and find links to more resources on invasive species management on our website.

Thinking Like A Mountain Foundation Partners with ALF on New Leopold Book

Aldo Leopold Foundation Communications Coordinator Jeannine Richards spent two weeks this past April as a "Thinker in Residence" at the Thinking Like A Mountain Foundation in Ft. Davis, Texas. The Thinking Like A Mountain Foundation was created by Dick and Joanne Bartlett in 2008 to provide writers with space and time to reflect on and write about the importance of conservation ethics in the world today. Jeannine used the time to begin work on a new biography of Aldo Leopold to be released next year. Dick Bartlett is a past member of the Aldo Leopold Foundation's Board of Directors.