New Opportunity to Promote the Legacy of Aldo Leopold Announced by Naturalist Journeys, a Top Nature Tour Company

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The Aldo Leopold Foundation, in partnership with top-rated eco-tour company Naturalist Journeys, announces an October educational tour aimed at promoting the life and legacy of conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Aldo Leopold's Shack

For years I’ve read Aldo Leopold’s essays, and I can’t believe now I can experience these places first hand! – an upcoming tour participant

The Aldo Leopold Foundation, along with Naturalist Journeys, a top nature and birding tour company, announces a new tour schedule on their website including an October 11-17, 2015, tour to Wisconsin to explore the key places that inspired Leopold’s conservation principles.

Aldo Leopold’s is famous for his lyrical essays in A Sand County Almanac and other publications. Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Through the Aldo Leopold Foundation, his legacy lives on. Over 2 million copies of his book, written 65 years ago, have been published, in nine languages. Leopold's thinking revealed in A Sand County Almanac is deeply profound and the book is lyrically written. David Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called Aldo Leopold "the poet laureate of the environmental movement."

Company owner Peg Abbott is excited about the new partnership with the Aldo Leopold Foundation as they expand ways to offer educational travel. Abbott says, “This tour, framed in Wisconsin’s glorious fall colors and heralded by the call of Sandhill Cranes preparing to migrate, is a great opportunity to learn more about Aldo Leopold’s life, work and philosophy.”

Tour participants will spend time at the Leopold farm and Shack, where the inspiration arose for many of his essays. There will be time to contemplate and discuss Leopold’s conservation ideas and to visit the new Leopold Legacy Center, where the inspiring work of advocating a land ethic continues. In addition to generous time at the Shack and with the Aldo Leopold Foundation staff, participants will explore Wisconsin places where Leopold, his family and students worked, learned and planted the seeds of a land ethic that continues to grow and endure.

The guide for this tour is Ed Pembleton, who says, “Leopold inspired me. I have spent my career protecting places important to Sandhill Cranes, and in educating people about them. I keep this quote from Leopold where I see it daily, “Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty." It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language. The quality of cranes lies, I think, in this higher gamut, as yet beyond the reach of words."

Pembleton explains that Leopold was specifically writing about Sandhill cranes, which have now returned to Wisconsin in growing numbers and we will have an opportunity to see them come to roost in the Wisconsin River, just upstream from the Leopold Shack. The Wisconsin-based work has international influence. Tour participants on the October tour will have the opportunity to see all the World's 15 species of cranes during our visit to the International Crane Foundation.

Find full details of Naturalist Journeys’ Aldo Leopold’s Wisconsin Nature and Hiking Tour at

More about Aldo Leopold:
Leopold, deservedly known as the “Father of Wildlife Management,” wrote the first text and taught the first course at the University of Wisconsin. A superb teacher and researcher with a great ability to connect with landowners, he and his students were involved early on with farmers on the prairie near Lake Mills in a cooperative research and wildlife management project.

More about the Aldo Leopold Foundation

The Aldo Leopold Foundation's mission is to foster the land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Their vision is to weave a land ethic into the fabric of our society; to advance the understanding, stewardship and restoration of land health; and to cultivate leadership for conservation. The five children of Aldo and Estella Leopold established the Aldo Leopold Foundation as a not-for-profit conservation organization in 1982.

More about the October 11-17 Aldo Leopold’s Wisconsin Nature Tour:
This seven-day hiking and nature tour begins and ends at in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This tour is limited to 12 participants.

More about Naturalist Journeys:
Naturalist Journeys LLC, a top birding and nature tour company, offers specialty small group travel worldwide, from the western U.S. to Alaska, Hawaii and Florida, Costa Rica, Panama, safaris in Africa and more. Naturalist Journey’s guided nature and birding tours feature expert guides with decades of experience in bird-watching, travel photography and other forms of eco-tourism. Naturalist Journeys also offers hiking and adventure travel tours in many national parks and wildlife reserves, including the Galapagos, Antarctica and the Amazon.

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