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. Conference registration will open in late February. Rates expected to be similar to 2015 conference ($150 – $175).

Wednesday, June 21 (Pre-Conference)

Leopold Education Project Educator Workshop (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)

(Added fee, meet at Leopold Center)

Optional Field Trips (afternoon)

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Leopold Shack and Leopold Center
(Added fee, meet at Leopold Center)

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Leopold Shack and Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area
(added fee, meet at Leopold Center)

Thursday, June 22 (Conference day 1)

Registration table open (11:00 am to 1:00 pm)

Conference Welcome (1:00 pm to 2:30 pm)

Stay tuned for the announcement of the keynote speaker for our conference welcome!

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

Our call for session proposals is open until March 15. Learn more and submit a proposal here.

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

Join us for an informal night of fun and fellowship with fellow conference attendees. Aldo Leopold Foundation staff and Leopold family members will offer a formal welcome to Leopold Country and you’ll have plenty of time to 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. (heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided.)

Friday, June 23 (conference day 2)

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

Dr. Stanley Temple will moderate.

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. Some workshops may have an modest materials charge; workshop offerings and fees will be announced with registration. Lunch is provided with conference registration.

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

Meal provided with registration, cash bar.

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 will be available for sale.

Saturday, June 24 (conference day 3)

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

Dr. Curt Meine will moderate.

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

Our call for session proposals is open until March 15. Learn more and submit a proposal here.

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

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

Keynote address by Peter Forbes (2:00 pm – 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!

Conference adjourn: 4:15 pm