Graphic for Madison Reads LeopoldMadison Reads Leopold is a community read-aloud celebrating the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold. The Arboretum will host a free virtual edition of MRL on March 6, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. Usually an all-day, in-person event, MRL has been a celebratory gathering for more than fifteen years.

This year’s condensed online event will feature community readers sharing Leopold’s eloquent statements about humans’ relationship to the natural environment, as well as informal discussions about his life and ideas.

First published in 1949, A Sand County Almanac has prompted generations of people to take better notice—and care—of the natural environment. Aldo Leopold was the first research director at the Arboretum and was closely involved in its design.

Madison Reads Leopold, virtual edition, is free.

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Madison Reads Leopold is a community celebration organized for Aldo Leopold Week, sponsored by the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

“What a wonderful event to be part of every year to honor Leopold, and to start to know our ecological community. Thank you for this tradition!” — Reader

Reading schedule

1 p.m. Introduction and land acknowledgment
Gail Epping Overholt, education coordinator, UW Arboretum

1:05 p.m. Foreword to A Sand County Almanac
Kathy Miner, naturalist, UW Arboretum

1:09 p.m. Selections from dedication address
Susan Carpenter, native plant gardener, UW Arboretum

1:14 p.m. January Thaw
Dave Cieslewicz, citizen of Madison
Lisa Andrewski, wildlife ecologist

1:20 p.m. Breakout groups for informal discussion

1:27 p.m. The Geese Return
Ron Seely, lecturer, life sciences communication, UW–Madison (retired); freelance environmental writer
Rebecca Wallace, US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory

1:35 p.m. Sky Dance
Levi Wood, naturalist, UW Arboretum
Tim Eisele, Freelance outdoor writer and photographer

1:43 p.m. Draba
Gail Epping Overholt, education coordinator, UW Arboretum

1:44 p.m. Breakout groups for informal discussion

1:51 p.m. Great Possessions
Melanie Crawford, community member and nature enthusiast

1:56 p.m. Red Lanterns
Chuck Quirmbach, innovation reporter, Milwaukee Public Radio
Stu Levitan, historian and radio host

2:02 p.m. If I Were the Wind
Beth Sluys, conservationist

2:03 p.m. Breakout groups for informal discussion

2:10 p.m. Marshland Elegy
Bill Barker, associate dean for research, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW–Madison
Nick Utphall, Advent Lutheran of Madison Christian Community
Michele Brogunier, former board member, Natural Path Sanctuary
Pete Overholt, plain member and citizen of the biotic community
Claude Kazanski, community member

2:26 p.m. Thinking Like a Mountain
Deb Weitzel, retired environmental science teacher
Shahla Werner, plant protection section manager, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

2:31 p.m. Breakout groups for  informal discussion

2:38 p.m. The Outlook
Madelyn Leopold, community member

2:43 p.m. Thank yous

2:45 p.m. All are welcome to stay online and chat until 3 p.m.