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Aldo Leopold Foundation

E13701 Levee Road, Baraboo, WI 53913
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Ranked #7 of 19 attractions in Baraboo
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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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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103 reviews 103 reviews
49 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Pomeroy. Iowa USA
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

A welcome retreat from the carnival atmosphere of Wisconsin Dells just a few miles up the road. I've been a fan of Aldo's for years and this was one of the focal points of a Wisconsin Art Tour we took. If you're looking for a corporate event venue, this would be an excellent choice for that too. Looks like a... More

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Rochester, New York
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13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

My son had read "The Sand County Almanac" and was familiar with Aldo Leopold's work. We were headed to northern Wisconsin and just happened to stop at a rest area on I-94 20 miles past Baraboo, WI. We saw the plaque hanging outside the rest area building. My son insisted we back track to see the Foundation Center as well... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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23 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

There are two reasons why you might go to the Aldo Leopold Foundation site. 1 You are making a pilgrimage to “The Shack.” If you have read “The Sand County Almanac” or some of the other writings of Aldo Leopold you know what I mean. 2 You want to see a state of the art “green” building at its finest.... More

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LeopoldFoundation, Staff Member at Aldo Leopold Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Aldo Leopold Foundation! Just to clarify a few things for future visitors: We do not have GPS coordinates or directions to the Shack posted on our website, and there is a $7 charge to take a self-guided tour of the historic Shack property. This fee contributes to the upkeep of the property and furthers the... More

Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

In a nutshell, this is a 'must-see' site and experience for anyone interested in conservation, and learning about all the contributions that Aldo Leopold has made to our national and international land ethic and heritage! You will not be disappointed! Prof. Alan Capelle Upper Iowa University-Madison 4601 Hammersley Rd. Madison, WI 53711 608-278-0350

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