“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring.”
– Aldo Leopold, The Geese Return, A Sand County Almanac
March is not only the month the geese return, it’s also the time when individuals across Wisconsin gather to celebrate Aldo Leopold and the natural world. This year, 20 events are being hosted in 12 communities statewide. From discussions of A Sand County Almanac and screenings of the Green Fire film to guest speakers and outdoor experiences, event organizers have planned an array of engaging activities that are all free and open to the public. Events span the state from top to bottom and from East to West, with participating communities including Mercer, Argyle, Green Bay, and La Crosse.
To see a full listing of Leopold Weekend events, view our calendar. Don’t see one in your area? Check back, as more may be added as the weekend draws near.
Although Aldo Leopold Weekend officially takes place in Wisconsin the first full weekend of March and Iowa’s Leopold Week is the first full week of the month, celebrations often take place in other states and countries as well. Don’t see an event near you? Consider organizing one, this year or next. Still, if you’re far from an event, all are invited to celebrate with us online by participating in the daily at-home challenges on our Facebook and Twitter pages from March 2-10! Each day of Leopold Weekend and Week, we will post a simple activity that encourages reflection, outdoor observation, and celebration of Leopold’s legacy.
Aldo Leopold Weekend – commemorating Leopold’s final contribution to A Sand County Almanac, the “Foreword” written on March 4, 1948 – is a time for communities and individuals to celebrate Leopold’s contributions to conservation and reflect on what the land ethic means to them. We hope you will join in the celebration – be it online or in your own community.