Although The Aldo Leopold Foundation is currently closed to visitors through March, start planning now to make your pilgrimage to the Shack, we’re working hard to get it ready for you and others. Can’t wait to see you!

Eric Synder

Land Stewardship Fellow

Growing up in rural Wisconsin, I always had an affinity for the outdoors. My family would often take multi-weeklong canoe trips to the Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, which helped form my interest in natural resources. After high school I was not interested in immediately going to college, I was a bit of an itinerant, working various trade skill jobs and as an arborist before deciding upon college. Wanting a change and adventure, I moved to Alaska where I had some family living. There, I enlisted in the Army National Guard as an Airborne Infantryman and attended the University of Alaska for two-years before transferring to the University of Colorado to finish up my degree.

While attending the University of Colorado and finishing up my enlistment, I worked with a local nonprofit for four years while also doing seasonal natural resource work for a local city park. While living in Denver I enjoyed and took full advantage of hiking fourteeners, camping, fishing, amazing restaurants, and the fun craft beer scene. For several years I have been looking forward to moving back home to Wisconsin, so I am very excited to join the Future Leaders Program and be a part of the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s team and legacy!