Tours of the Leopold Center and Leopold Shack and Farm are offered year-round, and three tour options are available:

  • Guided, public tours of the Leopold Shack and Farm: Saturdays at 1 pm, Memorial Day weekend through October
  • Self-guided tours of the Shack and Leopold Center during our visiting hours
  • Group tours of the Shack and Leopold Center (by request)

Guided public and self-guided tours are free for members of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

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Guided Public Tours of Leopold Shack and Farm

Our most popular tour offering, guided public tours of the Leopold Shack and Farm are given on Saturdays at 1:00 pm, starting Memorial Day weekend and continuing through October. Tours last approximately two hours and are led by knowledgeable guides.

The land surrounding the Shack was the chief inspiration for Aldo Leopold’s essays in A Sand County Almanac, and continues to be a living classroom for exploring ecological relationships and conservation history. Come hear stories about the pioneering restoration work initiated by Leopold and his family, see the inside of the Shack, and stroll through restored prairie and woods along the Wisconsin River.

Guided public tour fees are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors (age 62 and older); and $8 for children (ages 11-17). Tours are free for Aldo Leopold Foundation members and children 10 years old and younger.

Reservations are recommended and can be made on our calendar of events. Please note that public tours may not be available on some Saturdays due to special events.

Self-Guided Tours

Can’t make it on a Saturday afternoon? Self-guided tours of the Leopold Shack and Leopold Center are available anytime during our visiting hours. However, because access to the Shack is sometimes closed due to special events or weather conditions (e.g., heavy snow cover in winter), we recommend calling ahead: 608.355.0279.

Visitors to the Leopold Center should also feel free to explore our exhibits and trails.

Self-Guided Shack Tours

Self-guided tours of the Shack are permitted year-round during visiting hours, except at times of heavy snow cover in winter. You must check in at the Leopold Center first before heading out on a self-guided tour of the Shack.

Self-guided visitors explore the Shack and surrounding land guided by a brochure that includes a trail map, historic photos of the land, and background information on Aldo Leopold’s history and legacy. The trail loop on the property is approximately one mile in length. A side trail leads to the Wisconsin River through a beautiful floodplain forest, where bald eagles, cranes, and other wildlife are frequently spotted.

Note that the Shack itself is shuttered and locked during self-guided tours.

Tour fees are $7 per person. These tours are free to Aldo Leopold Foundation members and children aged 10 and younger.

Self-Guided Tours of the Leopold Center

leopold-center-aqueductWhen the Leopold Center opened in 2007, it was among the “greenest” buildings in the nation – a 21st century reflection of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic.

Self-guided tours of the Leopold Center are available anytime during our visiting hours. Made possible by a grant from the National Association for Interpretation, Region 5, this 42-minute, audio tour takes you throughout the center, describing in detail the design techniques, alternative energy technologies, and green building materials that were used to construct it.

The cost to rent an mp3 player for this audio tour is $7 per person. If you are an Aldo Leopold Foundation member or have already paid admission to another guided or self-guided tour, there is no charge for the audio tour. Our staff will show you how to operate the mp3 player, and give you a map and guide to accompany the recording.

Groups of 10 or more can schedule their own tour of the Shack and Farm or Leopold Center on any dates and times that we’re open to the public.

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