Aldo Leopold was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, but spent much of his formative years hunting, fishing and bird watching on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River where his family were members of an outdoors club. 2024 marks the 75th anniversary of The Sand County Almanac. Join us as we explore the roots of his tectonic work and the factors that gave rise to ecological restoration as a science.
The schedule includes a tour of Leopold Family homes, a discussion of the origins of the Land Ethic with Leopold Landscape Alliance founder Steve Bower and a Saturday evening campfire.
We will stay in the Leopold Family home and hike the ground that young Aldo walked as a boy. This field trip is an intriguing mix of history and literature. There will be ample time for bird watching to Oquawka State Wildlife Refuge, Carthage &/or Crystal Lakes.
Trip leader(s): Brian “Fox” Ellis
Cost of trip includes two-night stay at Aldo Leopold’s family estate (private rooms with shared baths) and five meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast)
Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 12