2018 Friends Annual Meeting: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9 a.m.

Breakfast buffet, business meeting, and presentation
“Restoring human-land relationships through restoration-based education” – Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong and Maria Moreno

Join us for our annual celebration, beginning with a scrumptious breakfast buffet and short business meeting, then our featured presentation.

Aldo Leopold noted in A Sand County Almanac, “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” Earth Partnership (EP) is an outgrowth of the UW–Madison Arboretum and its mission to inspire conservation action based on Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. EP employs a place-based approach to ecological restoration, acknowledging that it is the communities of place, interest, and practice that form the ecological ground on which we can build partnerships that foster love and respect for land. Since 1991, EP has generated collaborations with botanic gardens, arboreta, environmental centers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, and other conservation organizations, agencies, and educational institutions to build the capacity of students, educators, and communities to restore native habitat on schoolyards and natural areas. Listen to our story and what we learned along the way from sowing the first seeds of Earth Partnership at Aldo Leopold Elementary School in Madison to the development of Indigenous Arts and Sciences, Latino Earth Partnership, and Global Earth Partnership. Conveying the Wisconsin Idea through restoration-education brings hope, as a nine-year-old boy explained: “The habitat in the world is getting less and less; by planting one tiny seed we can help the world.”

Registration is required. Tickets are $35. Those who registered for the entire Luncheon-Lectures series are registered for the annual meeting at no additional cost.