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Leopold Week  •  Programs and Events

The Aldo Leopold Foundation will be closed to the public for a private event on Saturday, September 30.

Community Events

“I have purposely presented the land ethic as a product of social evolution because nothing so important as an ethic is ever ‘written’… It evolves in the minds of a thinking community.” The Land Ethic, A Sand County Almanac.

Are you hoping to connect with the land ethic through hosting, or attending a Leopold inspired event? Then you have come to the right place! Leopold-themed events occur at many different times of the year, but these events are especially popular during Leopold Week. Bellow you will find events happening near and far that aim to inspire, connect, and engage the thinking community.

Join Your Thinking Community For a Leopold Inspired Event!

  • Aldo Leopold Week Celebration in Green Bay: Brown County Central Library, Saturday, February 25, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    • Event website:
    • 515 Pine Street, Green Bay (Please enter through the Pine Street entrance of the Central Library)
    • Celebrate Aldo Leopold Week with a conservation fair; booths will be hosted by local conservation organizations showcasing hands on activities, information on how to get involved, and more! Next, attend community reading of select essays from the conservation classic A Sand County Almanac (bring a copy if you have one!) followed by a public screening of the Emmy award-winning documentary film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time, which explores the life and legacy of Wisconsin conservationist Aldo Leopold.
      Schedule is as follows:
      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Conservation Fair
      3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Readings from A Sand County Almanac
      3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Screening of Green Fire
  • First Saturday Walk: Remembering Lawrenceville’s Own—Environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Saturday March 4, 10:00 AM EST Lawrence Township Environmental Education Foundation
    • Loveless Nature Preserve, Lawrene Twp., NJ. 316 Eggert Crossing Rd, Lawrence Twp (Mercer County), NJ 08648-2810, United States
    • The 1-hr. walk through the Loveless Nature Preserve will take place to honor Leopold. As a youth studying at the Lawrenceville School, Leopold spent countless hours exploring the woods in our area. Guide David Bosted will lead our group deep into the “Big Woods,” following the path of the former Johnson Trolley Line. See why Leopold was so drawn to the natural environment of Lawrence Twp.!

      Details: Meet our guide at the Loveless Nature Reserve entrance at 316 Eggert Crossing Road. Wear comfortable walking shoes. There is no fee, although donations to LTEEF in support of our environmental ed. programs are always welcomed! For more information and to register:

  • 2023 Leopold Celebration: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Monday, February 27—March 4, 2023
    • Virtual Event, Monday, February 27, 2023, 7:00PM
    •  In Person Events, Saturday, March 4, 2023
      • 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Myrick Park Center in La Crosse, 789 Myrick Park Dr, La Crosse, WI
        The Leopold observance will be the theme of WisCorp’s “Nature Saturday” event. Family activities will include crafts, scavenger hunts, and live animals.
      • 11:00 a.m., Myrick Park Center in La Crosse, 789 Myrick Park Dr, La Crosse, WI
        The Friends of the La Crosse River Marsh will hold a family-friendly hike around the marsh. The theme will be Leopold’s “Marshland Elegy,” from A Sand County Almanac. Hikers should dress for weather conditions.
    • Saturday, March 4 between 12:30 p.m. –3:30 p.m., Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge—La Crosse District Visitor Center, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI 
      • 12:30 p.m. Explore the Visitor Center and Prairie Wind Nature Store! Refuge staff and volunteers from the Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 (FOR78) will be available during the event to answer questions and share tips for winter activities!
      • 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a talk and reading! Retired University of Wisconsin – La Crosse professor, Steve Simpson and his daughter, Clare Simpson will conduct a reading blending Leopold’s essay “The Good Oak” from A Sand County Almanac with a contemporary essay from Steve Simpson’s new book, Essays to My Daughter on Our Relationship with the Natural World. The reading will take place in the Visitor Center multipurpose room.
      • 2:00 p.m. Take a walk to learn what’s so good about oak trees! Retired landscape architect and member of the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board, Jay Fernholz, and refuge staff will lead a walk about the benefits of oaks, how to care for them, forest management, and the importance of forest habitats. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa after the walk, courtesy of FOR78. Please dress for winter weather! We’ll meet inside the Visitor Center before heading outside. 
  • Green Fire Documentary Screening: Mosquito Hill Nature Center, Saturday, March 4, 2023, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Build Your Own Leopold Inspired Chair: Mosquito Hill Nature Center, Saturday, March 4, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    • N3880 Rogers Rd., New London, WI
    • Register online:
    • Build a comfortable, cedar tone treated lumber outdoor chair inspired by the popular Aldo Leopold benches that are used at MHNC. Materials will be pre-cut and ready to assemble with assistance from instructor, Mosquito Hill Director Mike Hibbard. The chairs will last outdoors for years with no upkeep necessary, weathering gracefully as the years roll on. Registration and payment due February 17. $45/chair, $80/pair
  • Madison Reads Leopold: UW Madison Arboretum, Saturday, March 4, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Green Fire Film Viewing and Discussion: Sycamore Public Library, Saturday, March 4, 2023, 2:00 PM
    • 103 E State St. Sycamore, IL 60178
    • Join Sycamore Library and local Land Ethic Leader Terese D. at 2pm for a viewing of the film Green Fire followed by an in-person discussion on Saturday March 4th. You can also view the streaming film online through the Aldo Leopold Foundation if you’re unable to join us in-person at the library. Register separately for the Zoom link. Attendees at the discussion will be entered to win a copy of Leopold’s book A Sand County Almanac to take home.
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  • March 5, 2023, Sunday 3:00 PM BURLINGTON READS LEOPOLD! Burlington, Iowa
    To kick off Iowa Leopold Week, join LLA for readings from A Sand County Almanac, Sun, March 5, 3:00 PM at the Starker-Leopold House, 101 Clay Street. Bring your copy along and share your favorite passage with the group or just come to listen and enjoy some snacks. Violin interludes provided by Dao Lin, who is a very talented violinist from Malaysia. Hope to see you there!
  • March 7, 2023, Tuesday 7:00 PM Big Screen Watch Party at the Starker-Leopold House, Burlington, Iowa
    Leopold Foundation Program: Author Scott Russell Sanders asks the question: How Leopold’s concept of the living community might be understood on scales ranging from backyards to watersheds to bioregions and the entire planet?
  • March 8, 2023, Wednesday 7:00 PM Big Screen Watch Party at the Starker-Leopold House, Burlington, Iowa
    Nature writing is a key entryway to get folks to care for natural environments. Join a conversation with Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing, to discuss the importance of sharing a love of nature through writing-and how her work is inspired by Aldo Leopold.
  • March 9, 2023, Thursday 7:00 PM Big Screen Watch Party at the Starker-Leopold House, Burlington, Iowa
    In this session Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweet Grass, explores the importance of healing damage we inflict on land. She traces the evolution of restoration philosophy & practice and considers how integration of indigenous knowledge expands our understanding of restoration.
  • March 14, 2023, Tuesday 6:00 PM Greenfire Showing at the Burlington Public Library with comments by Leopold Landscape Alliance.
    The Emmy Award winning film about Aldo Leopold’s life’s work will be shown. Steve Brower will give a brief Intro on the Burlington filming & the Gila Wilderness Centennial coming up this summer in New Mexico.
  • March 26, 2023, Sunday: Reception for Artist Jim Spring. More info to come on Leopold Landscape Alliance Facebook page.
  • Aldo Leopold’s Conservation Lessons for Modern Hunters: Dr. Stan Temple, and Doug Duren on Meat Eaters Podcast (virtual)
  • Land Ethics Evolving with Dr. Curt Meine!: Use passcode FTmJwf?8 to enjoy the show!  (virtual)
  • Conservation Unfiltered Podcast With Dr. Stan Temple: Dr. Stan Temple discusses Aldo Leopold’s life, and Legacy (virtual)
  • Wisconsin Foodies Episode at the Shack!: Watch Luke Zahm, experience the Shack (virtual)
  • Stories Behind the Sand County Almanac With Dr. Stan Temple: Explore the stories behind A Sand County Almanac. (virtual)
  • Aldo Leopold Foundation Event Calendar : Check here for our year round program offerings.


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