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Leopold Week  •  Programs and Events

The Aldo Leopold Foundation will be closed to the public for a private event on Saturday, September 30.

Private Tours

Enjoy a private tour of the Leopold Shack and Farm and/or the Leopold Center. We look forward to creating a unique experience that works for your group! Learn more about private tours, and request your very own program below.

Group Size

We assign one guide for every 20 participants. Groups larger than 20 will need to tour the Leopold Shack and Farm/Center in shifts. If your group is smaller than 10 people, we ask that you consider joining one of our guided, public tours. Groups of fewer than 10 people may still request a private tour so long as the minimum group tour fee of $150 is met. Contact with any questions or concerns about your group size and schedule.

Tour Options

  • Guided Shack Tour (2.5 hours): Learn about the history and philosophy of Aldo Leopold, walk through the landscapes that inspired A Sand County Almanac, and see the famous Shack where one of our nation’s first attempts at land restoration was launched.
  • Combined Tour: Shack and Center (3 hours): See how the thread of Leopold’s land ethic weaves together the historic Shack and the modern Leopold Center.

Dates and Times

Private tours of the Leopold Shack and Farm and/or the Leopold Center are available April-October on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 9:30 am or 1:00 pm or Fridays starting at 9:30 am. Please note that group tour requests must be received at least 10 days before your desired tour date, and confirmed by foundation staff.

Private Tour Rates

  • Minimum tour fee: $150 for group of 1 to 20 people.
  • Groups of 21 to 40 people: $250.00
  • Groups of 41 to 60 people: $350.00
  • Groups of 61 to 80 people: $450.00
  • Groups larger than 80 people we will provide a quote.

K12 & High Education Groups: Minimum tour fee is $125 for a group of 1 to 20 people. Number of people in groups of 1-20 follow the additional $100 per bracket as shown above.

School Groups: Did you know teachers can apply for help with bus funding through Nature Net Express, a program offered by Nature Net? Nature Net is a not-for-profit environmental learning network comprised of sixteen area nature centers, museums, gardens, and parks offering experiential, place-based environmental education to the schoolchildren, teachers, and families of South Central Wisconsin. Click here to learn more!

Tour Cancellations

Tours take place rain or shine! If you need to cancel your reservation, please provide at least 48 hours in advance for refund of any fees already paid. Cancellation within the 24 hours prior to the tour time will be charged a fee of $75 to offset the cost of the cancellation.

Everyone should be prepared to spend the entire tour outdoors. Please encourage the members of your group to dress for the weather and rustic trails.  See our visitor policies for more information on making your tour safe and enjoyable for all participants.

Request Your Tour!

Please fill out our private tour request form. A staff member will reply to your request via email within 3 business days.

Request a private tour