A Walk to the Shack

Illinois Audubon Executive Director Jim Herkert recently sat with Glen Kruse to discuss his Walk to the Shack, a 300-plus mile trip that starts on April 22. Kruse will be walking 18 miles a day from his home in Rochester, Illinois to the weekend retreat of Aldo Leopold, The Shack, near Baraboo, Wisconsin. Pending weather and other factors, he plans to reach The Shack on May 12.

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Aldo Leopold

Listen in on the conversation to learn why Kruse chose to walk to honor Aldo Leopold and to all of those he worked with during his career in natural resource conservation in Illinois. His pilgrimage is in the sense of “a journey to a place that is considered special, where you go to show your respect.”

The Walk to the Shack is also a fundraiser for the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Illinois Audubon Society’s Marilyn Campbell Stewardship and Land Acquisition Fund. Please include a notation that you are contributing in support of the Walk to the Shack.

A follow-up evening Zoom session with Glen Kruse will be held a few days after his return. Stay tuned for details and plan to listen in for details on his trek to Baraboo and reflections on his career following Leopold’s mission to “preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community.”



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