The Aldo Leopold Foundation
Located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, The Aldo Leopold Foundation works to foster the legacy of Aldo Leopold, one of our nation’s most beloved naturalists and authors. His book A Sand County Almanac was published in 1949 and since then has sold over two million copies—it is one of the most respected books about the environment ever published. Leopold has come to be regarded by many as the most influential conservation thinker of the twentieth century, and his legacy continues to inform and inspire us to see the natural world “as a community to which we belong.” The Aldo Leopold Foundation was founded in 1982 by the children of Aldo Leopold—Starker, Luna, Nina, Carl, and Estella.
The foundation welcomes thousands of visitors annually to the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm, where, in 1935, Aldo Leopold and his family undertook a revolutionary experiment in returning health to a worn out farm. Celebrated in Leopold’s classic A Sand County Almanac, the transformed land now supports vibrant forests, wetlands, and prairie and draws visitors from around the world.
Leopold is perhaps best known for his concept of what he called a “land ethic.” This was his vision for a set of values based on caring—for people, for the natural world, and for all the connections between them.
Today, the Aldo Leopold Foundation continues to share Leopold’s legacy with a new generation. The foundation’s headquarters are located in the green-built Leopold Center, located less than a mile from the Leopold Shack and Farm. The Aldo Leopold Foundation works to celebrate Aldo Leopold’s legacy and to invite people to join them in building an ethic of caring for the land today.