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Tour of Aldo Leopold Foundation

  • July 22, 2017
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • near Baraboo, Wisconsin
The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association (NIFA) has arranged for a group tour of the Aldo Leopold Center and farm near Baraboo, Wisconsin, on Saturday, July 22nd, from 1 pm until 4 pm.  Both NIFA members and the general public is welcome to join this tour.  The Aldo Leopold Foundation will charge each tour attendee an admission fee of $10, or $8 for those over age 62.

Aldo Leopold - Considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system, he was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast.  With more than two million copies sold, his “Sand County Almanac” has become one of the most respected books about the environment ever published, and Leopold has come to be regarded by many as the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th century.

The Site - The tour will explore the Foundation’s ongoing stewardship of the pines, prairies, and floodplain forests within the historic Leopold Shack property and surrounding 600 acres.  This land, the chief inspiration for Aldo Leopold’s essays, was restored by his family from a barren state using Leopold’s “land ethic” that balances the needs of both people and nature, focusing on the health of the soil, water, and resident plants and animals.  The tour will also visit the Leopold Center, one of the most resource-efficient buildings in the nation when it opened in 2007.

Advice - Tour attendees are advised to wear closed-toed shoes and long pants due to the prevalent poison ivy and ticks.  While there are no food facilities on site, attendees may use an outdoor seating area if they bring a bag lunch to eat prior to the tour.

Directions: About 11 miles northeast of Baraboo, Wisconsin, the Aldo Leopold Center is located at E13701 Levee Road, just west of the intersection of Schepp and Levee Roads in the rural township of Fairfield. Note that Levee Road is not always marked as such; look for the brown Rustic Road markers instead (Rustic Road #49).

Aldo Leopold Foundation website

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