10th-annual Madison Reads Leopold

Saturday, March 7, 2015


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

The UW–Arboretum will host its 10th annual free public reading on March 7, 2015, in the Visitor Center, from 9:30 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Visitors can drop in to hear favorite essays or stay for the day. A schedule of readers will be posted before the event.

First published in 1948, 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.

Highlights include the well-known “calendar” essays, “On a Monument to the Pigeon” (marking the centennial of the American passenger pigeon extinction), and readings by Madelyn Leopold, daughter of Luna Leopold and granddaughter of Aldo; Ron Seely of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; WPR personalities Chuck Quirmbach and Jim Fleming; and many others.

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.

A full schedule will be posted before the event.

For more information, call (608) 233-2425 or e-mail the MRL event coordinator.