Madison Reads Leopold is a community read-aloud celebrating the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold. The event features a diverse lineup of public figures and community members sharing Leopold’s eloquence and wisdom from A Sand County Almanac and other works.

The Arboretum will host the 14th-annual free public reading on March 2, 2019, in the Visitor Center, from 9:30 a.m. until about 3:45 p.m. To make it extra special, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of A Sand County Almanac!

Throughout the day, an eclectic mix of readers—neighbors, naturalists, students, educators, writers, public figures, representatives of community organizations, and others—will give voice to Leopold’s keen observations and eloquent conservation philosophy. Listeners can drop in and out to hear favorite essays or stay for the entire event. Visitors can drop in to hear favorite essays or stay for the day.

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 is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available in the Visitor Center lobby. Brown-bagging is permitted but food must remain in the Visitor Center.

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

Also for Leopold Weekend (see events calendar for details):

  • Friday, March 1, Green Fire brown bag lunch, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Aldo Leopold documentary over lunch, followed by a discussion. BYO lunch and beverage.
  • Sunday, March 3, naturalist-led walk: In Leopold’s Footsteps, 1–2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 3, family nature program: Celebrating Aldo Leopold, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

“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

Reading schedule will be posted in February.