Our 2017 Building a Land Ethic Conference was hosted primarily at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County and spanned three days, beginning at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 22, and ending at 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 24. We also offered pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, June 21.
The overall theme for the 2017 conference was “Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide.”
- Will Allen shared how urban farming is renewing neighborhoods in addition to providing access to healthy food.
- Peter Forbes illuminated how the work of bridging divides has to grow from mutual respect, listening and dialog across difference.
- Stan Temple facilitated a panel discussion with Nancy DeLong, Steve Laubach, and Eduardo Santana Castellon examining how water both connects and divides urban and rural communities.
- Curt Meine facilitated a panel discussion with Michael Howard, Jay Salinas, and Carla Wright on how food can be the common connection that helps us strengthen our relationships with the land.
- Buddy Huffaker facilitated a panel discussion with Leopold family members Caryl Smith, Trish Stevenson, and Jed Meunier to highlight the legacy of Aldo Leopold’s eldest daughter Nina Leopold Bradley.
- Les Stroud, known as the host of the popular television show Survivorman, shared his musical talents by performing a live show at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells.
- Concurrent session presentations explored Leopold’s ideas in youth education, conservation projects and partnerships, art, science, and community engagement.
- Pre-conference activities included a workshop for educators on the Leopold Education Project curriculum, and tours of the Leopold Shack and Farm and Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area.
Download the 2017 conference program (PDF) for complete conference details.
Conference at a Glance
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