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Aldo Leopold Foundation

Address: E13701 Levee Road, Baraboo, WI 53913
Phone Number: 608-355-0279
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Baraboo
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm is a National Historic Landmark. The Aldo Leopold Foundation...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm is a National Historic Landmark. The Aldo Leopold Foundation manages the site and permits self-guided and guided visits. Visitors check in at the Leopold Center, headquarters of the Aldo Leopold Foundation and an interpretive center with displays on Leopold's life and legacy. The Leopold Center has been rated as one of the greenest buildings in the world, with Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the US Green Building Council. Solar panels. geothermal systems, and extensive use of local materials make the building itself an interesting attraction as well.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I have been thinking a lot about Leopold's comment about the garden and wood. As a high school teacher, sometimes I encounter students who haven't noticed or who appreciate what they have. If you have to grow your own food, and chop your own heat, you better appreciate the things you have. I try to give my students food for... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

For someone who has never heard of Aldo Leopold, it probably wouldn't mean much, but we found it fascinating. We were part of a tour from a conference, so we heard a presentation on how the "green" buildings function. This was interesting, but I really enjoyed the history display in the main building, and the videos. The gift shop also... More 

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Winnetka, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

If you're a nature lover you must visit this place. Everyone should know about Aldo Leopold by going through the Center and visiting the Shack. The walks around the property are worth your time as well

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Really enjoyed the history, stories and tribute to Aldo Leopold's life and work. I drove up from Madison with good friends, and happened to arrive at The Shack while a group of graduate students were getting a tour and rare look into the interior of the cabin space. The walk to the WI River was lovely, and the visit to... More 

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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107 reviews 107 reviews
21 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Legacy Center and a visit to the Shack are a tribute to the greatness of the man that they honor. Everyone should visit this place to be inspired and to learn about a fundamental contributor to what has made the American conservation movement an international example to follow. This place makes you proud to be an American.

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Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Although we did not get to go inside the cabin, it was wonderful to see the land, the river and enjoy the woods that Leopold enjoyed so much. His contributions to conservation causes cannot be underestimated and his writings are amazing. Thank you for maintaining this important historical structure!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

A great way to spend a few hours of the day! I went through the training for the Leopold Education Project about ten years ago and since then have wanted to visit the foundation and (especially) the shack. This was a wonderful experience and provided a deeper understanding of Leopold's life. In addition to the short hike to the shack... More 

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

It was so fun for me to retrace the footsteps of Aldo Leopold and see where he planted pine trees, comparing them to the photos on the sign of the barren dust bowl this land used to be. His cabin is very interesting, constructed of old driftwood that floated along the river, and the river itself is majestic. The signs... More 

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Dousman, Wisconsin
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Wonderful place for anyone who enjoys nature. They have a beautiful visitors center with informative films and lots of interesting photos of the Leopold family and this their homestead. Aldo Leopold was a great conservationist and we are grateful for his efforts. If you haven't yet read his book A Sand Country Almanac, which he published in 1948, you will... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Aldo Leopold, Farther of Wildlife Management. The shack is high on the Bucket List for many wildlife biologists. I have one less item on my list. Very interesting site that provided an insight in Leopold's life. The Foundation's "green" building is well worth visiting also, not only for its green features, but because of the display of many of Aldo... More 

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