The Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm
National Historic Landmark
Photo by Dick Glaser
My wife and I were looking for something new to photograph one Saturday and thought of going to see “The Shack”, Aldo Leopold’s home away from home in near by Madison, WI.
We were greeted by members of his family (quite distantly now) who were preparing a cook-out feast for members of the Aldo Leopold Board. This was the day the Leopold Foundation had just acquired the surrounding 100+ acres near by, securing the land for it’s beauty to remain into the future.
To be able to visit with his relatives and be inside The Shack was quite amazing. This simple building is truly awe inspiring. www.aldoleopold.org/programs/shack.shtml
Entry in the 2013 National Historic Landmark Photo Contest
The Aldo Leopold Foundation carries on the work of the Leopold Family, whose adventures restoring a stricken landscape are recounted in the conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac.
Named as a National Historic Landmark in 2009, these days, The Shack, a re-built chicken coop along the Wisconsin River where the Leopold family stayed during weekend retreats, continues to serve as the heart of the Foundation’s programs.
The land surrounding the Shack and farm provides a living classroom for exploring dynamic ecological relationships. Each year, thousands of visitors are inspired through tours, seminars, and workshops in the same landscape that deeply moved Leopold.
And check your television listings for the documentary Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time, airing on PBS stations.
Learn more about the property by reading the National Historic Landmark nomination.