Leopold Education Project Workshop

Brought to you by EEAA (Environmental Education Association of Alabama) and Legacy: Partners in Environmental Education

The Leopold Education Project is a perfect blend of literature and natural science.  Leopold teaches his readers to see the landscape and the interrelatedness of all organisms.  Quoting Leopold, “The objective is to teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands.” For more information, visit the Aldo Leopold Foundation at www.aldoleopold.org

Highlights

  • Learn more about Aldo Leopold
  • Participate in several activities presented in the material
  • Receive $100 in curriculum materials to accompany Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac
Information on Aldo Leopold

When Aldo Leopold was named to the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Hall of Fame in September, 1965, the Wisconsin State Journal wrote “Aldo Leopold died in 1948, but he stands tall today, like a giant pine tree, visible from the remote corners of the land and from the concrete racetracks of civilization. His shadow has come to be the conscience of the monster ambition to make a great pinball machine of the world”

Aldo Leopold was born in Iowa in 1887. His professional career began in 1909, when he joined the U.S. Forest Service. In 1924, he became Associate Director of the Forest Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsisn; and in 1933 the Univeristy of Wisconsin created a chair of game management for him. He died in 1948, fighting a grass fire on a neighbor’s farm, shortly after he had become an advisor on conservation to the United Nations. Leopold was posthumously honored in 1978 by the John Burroughs Memorial Association when they awarded him the John Burroughs Medal for his lifework, and in particular for A Sand County Almanac.

Workshop materials:

LEP Materials pictureLessons in a Land Ethic: This Leopold Education Project curriculum guide consists of 21 lesson plans designed to align with the essays found in Aldo Leopold’s conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac. Each lesson includes learning objectives, vocabulary, material lists, procedures, additional extensions and student worksheets that have both indoor and outdoor activity options.

Exploration Task Cards: A set of 28 cards for educators to use as prompts in helping people of all ages explore the outdoors. Each card features a different activity based on essays from A Sand County Almanac.

Exploring the Outdoors with Aldo Leopold: Exploring the Outdoors with Aldo Leopold was created as part of the Leopold Education Project to get youth and their families outdoors learning about nature. The hands-on activities are designed to teach observation skills, plant and animal identification, natural history, land stewardship, and outdoors skills. Each one is based on an essay from Aldo Leopold’s classic book, A Sand County Almanac. The 16 activities are organized by themes and include background information, a list of supplies, procedure cards, and handouts. The CD also includes a slide presentation to teach digital photography. This activity guide can be used by interpreters, naturalists, park rangers, zoo educators, teachers, youth group leaders, and others who want to offer a unique learning experience in an outdoor setting.

Blue Ribbon Quotes: A set of quotes highlighting the most memorable quotes from A Sand County Almanac.

Green Fire: The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.

For more information, contact Anita Salinas at 251-422-5161 or asalinas@mcpss.com