Second Door County Aldo Leopold Weekend

The second Aldo Leopold Weekend Celebration in Door County will take place at Crossroads at Big Creek, Sturgeon Bay, on Saturday, March 1, 2008. Event organizer, Nancy Rafal, is asking community members and visitors to come out and read sections from Leopold’s Sand County Almanac. Dee Paulsen is helping to coordinate the event for Crossroads.

“We are very happy to be able to use the Crossroads’ Collins Learning Center for this event. A big thank you to Coggin Heeringa and the board,” voiced Rafal.

Beginning at 10 am and continuing into the afternoon readers may sign up for approximate times and read for five to fifteen minute sections. There will be a lunch on your own break from noon to 1:30 pm. Rafal said there will be copies of the book available for readers to use and that the person who stays the longest will be given a copy to keep. People of all ages are encouraged come out and read.

The original Leopold event was held in Lodi, WI on March 4, 2000. Last year over twenty Wisconsin communities celebrated Leopold Weekend with a variety of activities and festivals. There were celebrations in Iowa, North Carolina, and New Mexico. Leopold Weekend was conceived as a community event to help residents demonstrate their commitment to Leopold’s vision of a Land Ethic.

In 2004 Governor James Doyle designated the first weekend in March every year as Aldo Leopold Weekend in the State of Wisconsin. This year Door County can add its voice in commitment to Leopold’s ideals.

Events across the state are funded by a major grant from the Boldt Company. The Boldt Company is the largest contractor in the state of Wisconsin and also has offices in California, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Georgia. They served as the Construction Manager for the Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo which had its grand opening on April 22, 2007.

Contact Nancy Rafal at 920.839.2191 or [email protected] for sign up to read or for more information. Check the Aldo Leopold Foundation Web site ( for information about events throughout the state and about the foundation.