Guided tours are the only way to view the inside of the Leopold Shack. Learn more on our tours page.
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.
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 for more information.
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 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.
No, we do not have the resources to accommodate private events such as wedding receptions.
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.