Carol Hillestad

Membership and Visitor Services Associate

608-355-0279, ext. 20

The opportunity to work for the Aldo Leopold Foundation, a highly professional and worthwhile organization, brought me out of retirement. I joined the foundation’s team in June 2016 as a Membership and Visitor Services Associate. I have the wonderful pleasure of greeting first-time visitors as well as ardent Aldo admirers to the Leopold Center.

I received a social and behavioral science degree from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA. After college, I worked for the Rand Corporation, a private, non-profit research organization in Santa Monica, CA. I participated in a variety of research projects involving public housing policies, economic development, and urban infrastructure issues. After leaving Rand, I continued my career in a variety of settings that allowed me to live in many cities around the country.

Since moving to the Baraboo area, I’ve become involved in several community organizations. In addition to being a donor to the Leopold Foundation, I am a member of the Sauk County Art Association, International Crane Foundation, and the Lodi Historical Society. I also participated in the Baraboo Public Art Association’s mural paintings in 2015. I volunteered more than 100 hours in painting the three-panel mural. I also had the exclusive honor of painting the portrait of Aldo.

Prior to working for the foundation I often visited the center and continuously read A Sand County Almanac. I find reading each month’s essay prepares me for the new beginnings of the season and makes more aware of nature’s gift to us. One of my favorite Aldo quotes is, “There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other and the relation of people to land.”