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Leopold Spring Open House Planned for May 19

Celebrate spring at the Leopold Center on Saturday, May 19 from noon to 4:00 pm during our free Open House event! Get your hands dirty while helping with prairie planting outside the new Future Leaders Center, stretch your legs while hiking through the forests and prairies, and connect with history during a visit to the historic Leopold Shack. Nature-based activities for kids of all ages will be hosted by the International Crane Foundation, Devil’s Lake State Park, Mirror Lake State Park, Baraboo Valley 4-H, and artist Janet Flynn. Concessions for purchase will be provided by People Helping People.

In addition to the drop-in activities listed above, the following tours will be offered throughout the day:

12:30 pm | Future Leaders Center Tour

Take a brief tour of the newest addition to the Leopold Foundation campus! Learn about the green features of our newly-constructed Future Leaders Center, a residential facility for young professionals in our fellowship program and visiting guests.

1:00 pm | Leopold Shack and Farm Tour

Visit the historic Leopold Shack and Farm with one of our knowledgeable guides. Hear stories about the pioneering restoration work initiated by Leopold and his family and visit the locations that inspired the essays in A Sand County Almanac.

2:30 pm | Guided Nature Hike

Explore the Leopold Center trails while learning about the uniqueness of our property, the native flora and fauna, and the foundation’s efforts to continue Leopold’s legacy of land management.

All activities are free and open to the public. In the event of extreme weather, the Open House will be rescheduled for Saturday, May 26.

Community events are made possible with the generous support of sponsors. We would like to thank: Community First BankCross, Jenks, and Mercer & Maffei LLPDon-Rick Insurance, Taylor Creek Restoration NurseriesU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Wegner CPAs.