FAQs for Visitors

How can I see the inside of the Shack?

Guided tours are the only way to view the inside of the Leopold Shack. Learn more on our tours page.

Where is the Shack located?

To discourage unaccompanied visitation, we ask that all visitors check in for their visit at the Leopold Center, where we will give you a map and directions.

Why do I have to pay a fee to visit the Shack?

As a non-profit organization, admission fees and membership revenue are key contributors to our ability to maintain the Shack property and offer interpretive and educational programming to share the site with visitors throughout the year. We do hold special events each season that include free access to the Shack. You may also want to consider joining the Aldo Leopold Foundation as a member. Free admission to the Shack is included as a benefit! Contact us at gro.d1539763545lopoe1539763545lodla1539763545@sruo1539763545t1539763545 for more information.

Do you offer tours of the Shack to young children?

If you’re interested in bringing younger kids as part of a family visit, that is just fine! You can do a self-guided tour to explore the Shack property and the Leopold Center at your own pace, or feel free to sign up for a guided tour. Our tour guides do their best to tailor the content based on attendance, but be aware that most tour audiences are made up of adults. We do have special events throughout the year that cater to kids of all ages. Contact us at gro.d1539763545lopoe1539763545lodla1539763545@sruo1539763545t1539763545 for more information.

To reduce wear and tear on the historic Shack property, we do not encourage visitation by large groups of grade school and middle school students. A better option for school groups is a visit to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, WI, a separate but partner organization of the Leopold Foundation.

Can I host my wedding at the Shack or Leopold Center?

No, we do not have the resources to accommodate private events such as wedding receptions.

My architectural firm would like to tour the Leopold Center. What options exist?

Some engineering and architecture groups want a more technical tour of the Leopold Center’s design and construction features than our staff and regular tour guides are able to give. If your group would like a more specialized tour of the center, we can work with you to schedule an “expert tour” led by members of our building team.

Contact us at gro.d1539763545lopoe1539763545lodla1539763545@sruo1539763545t1539763545 for more information, but do plan farther in advance. Many of our building team members have extremely busy schedules and must travel here from a distance.