Since long before he penned the “Foreword” to A Sand County Almanac seventy years ago, Aldo Leopold had been inspiring others to explore, understand, and love the land. Through his writings, he continues to do so yet today. This week, we are honoring that legacy and encouraging you to join us in celebrating the wonders of our natural world.
Beginning today, follow along on social media (Facebook and Twitter) and take part in daily challenges that will have you thinking about your favorite wild places, nature writing, songbirds and more. Perhaps they’ll get you outside exploring the landscapes in your in your backyard or beyond. Use the hashtag #LeopoldWeek to share the challenges with your friends and family and invite them to join you! Who knows what exciting finds or discussions may be unearthed!
As Leopold said, “…nothing as important as a land ethic is ever written…,” and it is, in fact, ever-evolving based on our experiences and interactions with the land and with each other. #LeopoldWeek is an opportunity to deepen our connections with the land community – soils, waters, plants, animals, and people – and strengthen our collective land ethic. Several communities in Wisconsin and Iowa, where Leopold Weekend and Leopold Week are officially designated, as well as communities across the country, are hosting events that aim to do just that.
Friday, March 2
Green Fire Screening & Brown Bag Lunch – UW Madison Arboretum, Madison, WI
Green Fire Screening – Mercer Public Library, Mercer, WI
Saturday, March 3
Aldo Leopold Celebration – Historic Yates Mill County Park, Raleigh, NC
Aldo Leopold Storywalk – Erickson Wetland Trails, Argyle, WI
A Sand County Almanac Progressive Reading – Several Venues, Door County, WI
Life in the Raccoon – Hotel Pattee, Perry, IA
Madison Reads Leopold – UW Madison Arboretum, Madison, WI
Bruce Celebrates Leopold – Bruce Public Library, Bruce, WI
Aldo Leopold Celebration – Visitor Center at Brice Prairie, La Crosse, WI
Aldo Leopold Weekend Program – Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha, WI
Eau Claire Reads Leopold & Green Fire Screening– L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire, WI
Aldo Leopold Celebration – Knox Creek Farm, Brantwood, WI
Green Fire Screening – Mosquito Hill Nature Center, New London, WI
Leopold-Inspired Chair Building – Mosquito Hill Nature Center, New London, WI
Green Fire Screening – Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, Eagle River, WI
Sunday, March 4
MCC Reads Leopold – Madison Christian Community, Madison, WI
Reading of A Sand County Almanac – MORE Healthy Foods and Café, Montello, WI
Walk in Leopold’s Footsteps – UW Madison Arboretum, Madison, WI
Family Nature Program – UW Madison Arboretum, Madison, WI
Tuesday, March 6
Wisconsin’s Green Fire Organization – Mercer Public Library, Mercer, WI
Wednesday, March 7
Green Fire Screening – UW Stevens Point Trainer Natural Resources Building, Stevens Point, WI
Friday, March 9
The Nature Conservancy Presentation – Mercer Public Library, Mercer, WI
Wednesday, March 28
A Sand County Almanac Discussion – Hartland Public Library, Hartland, WI
We invite you to check out one of the events in your area! Click on any listed above for more details, or browse our calendar for a complete listing of community events throughout the year.
Aldo Leopold Week & Weekend Events in the News
Hobbs State Park celebrates the life and work of Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold Weekend Celebrations Planned March 2-4 in Midcoast
Marathon reading of Leopold’s ‘A Sand County Almanac’ to be held across Door County
We love a little show and tell! Use the hashtag #LeopoldWeek to let us know how you participated or what you learned!