Pre-Conference Options

Wednesday, June 21

Leopold Education Project Educator Workshop (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
(Added fee of $50 per person, meet at Leopold Center)

Are you a formal or informal educator who would like to incorporate Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, and the land ethic into your instruction in a hands-on, creative way? The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac. Join three of our LEP State Coordinators (Luann Waters, Peggy Eppig, and Nancy Thompson) to learn how to apply the newly-updated LEP curriculum and Leopold’s own teaching styles with your students! The $50 workshop fee includes a full day of training, a complete set of LEP resources, a copy of A Sand County Almanac, and lunch.

Leopold Shack and Center Tour (2:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
(Added fee of $10 per person, meet at Leopold Center)

The land surrounding the Shack was the chief inspiration for Aldo Leopold’s essays in A Sand County Almanac, and continues to be a living classroom for exploring ecological relationships and conservation history. Come hear stories about the pioneering restoration work initiated by Leopold and his family, see the inside of the Shack, and stroll through restored prairie and woods along the Wisconsin River. We’ll also take a tour of the Leopold Center. Opened in 2007, it is recognized as one of the “greenest” buildings in the nation – a 21st century reflection of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic.

Leopold Shack and Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area Tour (1:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
(Added fee of $10 per person, meet at Leopold Center)

This half-day tour weaves together Aldo Leopold’s personal history, his famous Shack, the landscape of A Sand County Almanac, and the foundation’s local, regional and international work advancing Leopold’s land ethic.  The Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area, 12,000 acres surrounding Leopold’s Shack, is a model for collaborative conservation.  Learn about the foundation’s role in this collaborative of federal, state, non-profit and private lands using at-risk birds as indicators of progress toward planned ecosystem conditions.  Birds as indicators, conservation planning, adaptive management, restoration, invasive species control, prescribed burning, and much more help this landscape tangibly serve regional and national conservation plans.

Photo by Ed Pembleton