On Saturday, March 2, the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum and the Marian University Biology Department will host a "A Day with Aldo Leopold," including a special screening of the Emmy award-winning film called Green Fire - the first full-length, documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold. The film explores Leopold's extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement.
"Aldo Leopold's legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world," said Aldo Leopold Foundation Executive Director Buddy Huffaker. "What is exciting about Green Fire is that it is more than just a documentary about Aldo Leopold; it also explores the influence his ideas have had in shaping the conservation movement as we know it today by highlighting some really inspiring people and organizations doing great work to connect people and the natural world in ways that even Leopold might not have imagined."
Leopold Day will begin with coffee and refreshments at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Marian University Stayer Center. Bill Volkert, outdoor writer, speaker and former DNR naturalist, will discuss the impact of Aldo Leopold at 9:30 a.m.
Stanley A. Temple, professor emeritus in conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison and a senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will be the featured speaker at 10:45 a.m. A pasta buffet lunch will be served at noon, followed by the showing of Green Fire.
Reservations for this inspiring event are requested and due Feb. 16. Admission for the entire event is $40 per person. Student admission for the film screening of Green Fire is $5, with a student ID. Reservations can be arranged by filling out the reservation form found online at http://gottfriedprairiearboretum.org/. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 171 S Pioneer Road. Proceeds of this event will help provide environmental educational materials for local high schools and to enhance the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum wetland project.
The purpose of the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum is to restore native plant communities, create wildlife habitat, and provide educational opportunities. Since 1991, 42 acres of native prairie and a formal arboretum with several forest communities have been planted on the grounds of the UW-Fond du Lac Campus.
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The foundation's mission is to inspire an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold.