Each March, communities nationwide come together to celebrate Aldo Leopold Week/Weekend through events that connect individuals with Leopold, the land ethic, and each other. Officially observed the first weekend in March in Wisconsin and the first full week of March in Iowa, the celebration has extended beyond the Midwest since its inception in 2000. This year, over 30 Leopold Week/Weekend events have been planned for 11 states!
From a day of family-friendly activities and Green Fire screenings in Raleigh, North Carolina to multiple readings of A Sand County Almanac in Madison, Wisconsin to an interactive discussion in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, this year’s community-organized events all celebrate Leopold’s life and legacy in their own unique way. Each celebration is planned by local individuals and organizations who tailor their event to the needs and interests of their community.
In addition to attending local events, individuals are encouraged to celebrate online through daily at-home challenges posted to the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter pages daily March 3-11 using the hashtag #LeopoldWeek. These simple activities encourage our greater online community to consider their own connections to Leopold and to share how they live their own land ethic by caring for people, land, and communities today. The responses from last year’s #LeopoldWeek at-home challenges were very inspiring— we look forward to engaging with an even broader online community in 2017.
To find a celebration happening near you, check our calendar of community events.