2017 Building a Land Ethic Conference Program

Photo by Ed Pembleton.

Unless otherwise noted, the venue for conference events on all days is the University of Wisconsin Baraboo/Sauk Campus. Transportation to all venues is on your own. Ride sharing may be coordinated on our Facebook event page. See the travel and lodging page for more logistical information.

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The full conference program is now available online (PDF). A printed copy will be provided to attendees at check-in.


Wednesday, June 21 (Pre-Conference Activities)

First time to Leopold Country? Want to take full advantage of a return trip? Take the opportunity to arrive a day early and take a formal guided Shack tour, visit the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area, or get trained in our middle and high school curriculum, the Leopold Education Project. See details here.

Thursday, June 22 (Conference Day 1)

Registration Table Open (11:00 am to 1:00 pm)

Conference Welcome with Keynote Address by Will Allen (1:00 pm to 2:30 pm)

Join us for the official kick-off of the conference with an introduction to the theme and welcome from Leopold staff and family followed by a keynote address from urban farmer and McArthur genius grant recipient Will Allen.

Concurrent Sessions (3:00 pm – 4:30pm)

Choose from a wide range of breakout sessions. View the full concurrent schedule here.

Open House Reception at the Leopold Center with Leopold Family Panel (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

Join us for an informal night of fun, fellowship, food, and drink with fellow conference attendees. Take time to visit conference exhibitors, explore the trails and exhibits around the Leopold Center and take a ride on our charming, open air “people mover” or walk down to the Leopold Shack. Later in the evening, join Leopold family members as they honor what would have been the 100th birthday of Nina Leopold Bradley, featuring Estella Leopold, Trish Stevenson, and Caryl Smith.

Friday, June 23 (Conference Day 2)

Registration Table Open (8:30 am to 9:00 am)

Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide: a Conversation (9:00 am to 10:30 am)

Dr. Stanley Temple will introduce the session by sharing some of Aldo Leopold’s insights on water and watersheds. Nancy DeLong will discuss how economics can cause and potentially solve rural-urban conflicts in the Midwestern watersheds. Eduardo Santana will review how watershed-based education at a new regional museum is bringing rural and urban communities together in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Steve Laubach will discuss the importance of a shared water ethic in bridging urban-rural conflicts within watersheds. Stan Temple will moderate a follow-up group discussion. See panelist bios here.

Mini-Workshops (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Sampler workshops (2-4 hours in length) covering our popular Land Ethic Leaders and Leopold Education Project programs will be offered in addition to other selections. Lunch is provided with conference registration.

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Banquet Dinner at Ho-Chunk Gaming Convention Center (5:00 pm to 6:30 pm)

Meal provided with registration, cash bar. Guest tickets may be purchased within registration.

Special Event: Survivorman Les Stroud Live at Ho-Chunk Gaming Convention Center (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm)

Best known as the star of the TV series Survivorman, Les Stroud is a musician, author, filmmaker, activist, and longtime Aldo Leopold fan. This event is open to the public. Admission included with conference registration. Additional tickets are available for sale to the public here.

Saturday, June 24 (Conference Day 3)

Registration Table Open (8:00 am to 8:30 am)

Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide: a Conversation, Continued (8:30 am to 10:00 am)

Dr. Curt Meine will open the session by reviewing Aldo Leopold’s work and words on food, agriculture, and the land ethic. Mary Berry, founder and executive director of the Berry Center in Kentucky, will discuss the work of the Center in putting Wendell Berry’s writings to work in support of farmers, land-conserving communities, and healthy regional economies. Michael Howard, founder of Eden Place Nature Center in the heart of Chicago, will describe how Eden Place has used an awareness of food to help establish green community space, provide educational opportunities, and enhance community health and well-being. Jay Salinas, co-founder of the Wormfarm Institute (our neighbors here in Sauk County, Wisconsin) will share the Institute’s efforts, through the arts, to connect culture and agriculture along the urban-rural continuum. See panelist bios here.

Concurrent Sessions (10:30 am to 12:00 pm)

Choose from a wide range of breakout sessions. View the full concurrent schedule here.

Lunch on your own in Baraboo (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm)

Explore our vibrant community and grab lunch with friends old and new.

Keynote Address by Peter Forbes (2:00 pm to 3:00 pm)

Featured in the foundation’s 2011 film Green Fire, Peter Forbes is a consultant, facilitator, and lifelong conservationist, practicing what he preaches on his family farm in Vermont.

Special Conference Closing Event (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

We’ll wrap up the conference with a very special and unique program that you won’t want to miss!