Conference to Explore Urban-Rural Divide

We’re excited to announce Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide as the theme of our 2017 Building a Land Ethic Conference. Held every other year in Baraboo, WI, the conference convenes educators, conservation professionals, students, and everyday people who are working to advance a land ethic in their communities by embracing diverse views, values, and backgrounds.

The 2017 conference will take place June 22-24, 2017, and a full schedule will be released later this month.

Seeking Common Ground in Conservation

As we’ve been planning this June’s event, we’ve been drawn to the idea of exploring the (real or perceived) urban-rural divide in our nation and how this relates to conservation. Aldo Leopold himself was a professor in an urban setting (Madison, WI) who spent his weekends in the rural Sauk County countryside. He also worked effectively with all kinds of people, from his fellow university scientists to farmers.

Although today’s city dwellers and rural residents may talk about conservation issues differently, approach them from different perspectives, and face different challenges as they carry out their own land ethic, both groups clearly care deeply about conservation.

The 2017 conference will explore how we can break down communication barriers, see common threads, and fight against growing efforts to polarize and divide people who have so much common ground.

More Information Coming Soon

We are still finalizing our keynote speakers, but expect to publish a full conference schedule by the end of January. We will release our call for concurrent session proposals and open conference registration soon afterward.

Registration rates are expected to be very similar to those of the 2015 conference ($150 to $175). Room blocks at area hotels have already been set aside, so if you’d like to get travel plans in place now, contact Outreach Education Coordinator Maria Kopecky for details.

The Aldo Leopold Foundation’s vision is to weave care for people and the land into the fabric of our society. The Building a Land Ethic Conference provides a unique opportunity for the foundation to work toward achieving this vision, because our staff cannot do this alone – in fact, just the opposite. We rely on a network of committed “ambassadors” who have the knowledge, skills, relationships, and abilities to pick up the thread and help connect the many weavers of Leopold’s land ethic.

Join land ethic ambassadors from around the nation and the world, and help us weave care for land and communities into the fabric of our world.