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Based on the essays in Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, the Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum. Targeted mainly to middle school and high school students, it can also be adapted for use with families, adults, and elementary age children.
Its goal is to create an ecologically literate citizenry by heightening student awareness of the natural world; fine-tuning the skills necessary to read the landscape; and instilling a love, admiration, and respect for the land so that each individual may develop a personal land ethic.
The objectives of the Leopold Education Project are:
The LEP curriculum is distributed by a volunteer network of State Coordinators, who organize workshops to train formal and non-formal educators throughout the country. LEP State Coordinators also have access to discounted rates on the LEP curriculum, so workshops are an excellent (and economical) opportunity to add Leopold’s land ethic to your teaching toolbox.
Look in our Calendar of Events to find a workshop near you. If you don’t find one nearby, contact your State Coordinator to make arrangements for one! You can also purchase the LEP curriculum directly through our store.
Aldo Leopold Foundation Outreach Education Coordinator Maria Kopecky is the primary contact for questions about LEP. Contact her at 608.355.0279, ext. 38, or gro.d1506210544lopoe1506210544lodla1506210544@aira1506210544m1506210544.
The curriculum is designed to help students understand human connections to the natural world through hands-on, inquiry-based, outdoor experiences, building skills in observation, plant and animal identification, land stewardship, natural history, writing and reflection, and environmental values.