Maria Kopecky

Education Coordinator

608-355-0279, ext. 38

As the foundation’s Education Coordinator, I am responsible for planning and coordinating all public programming at the Leopold Center, which includes tours, classes and workshops, meeting rentals, special events, and more. I also work to advance outreach initiatives that bring Leopold and the land ethic to audiences across the country through programs such as the Leopold Education Project and Land Ethic Leaders. One of my favorite job duties is helping to plan our Building a Land Ethic Conference – a biennial opportunity for our ambassadors to share their experiences, learn from one another, and be re-inspired in the land of Leopold!

Outdoor appreciation and environmental ethics were instilled in me as a child growing up among the forests and lakes of Northern Wisconsin. My experiences in the outdoors led me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in natural resources/environmental education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I started at the Aldo Leopold Foundation as an education fellow in 2014 and have enjoyed being involved in a variety of projects ever since.

In my free time, I enjoy running, biking, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, and other outdoor adventures. My favorite Leopold quote is: “The objective is to teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and to enjoy what he understands.” These steps helped to form, and continue to inform, my own personal land ethic and serve as the foundation for my role as an environmental educator.