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New Leopold Center Trail Grand Opening Aug. 18

Help the Aldo Leopold Center in Baraboo, Wis., celebrate the grand opening of its new interpretive trail on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. Though the interpretive trail loop through 305 acres of newly acquired property is not ready for drop-in hiking, you’ll get a first look at this land that is critical habitat for grassland birds, whose populations in the Upper Midwest are declining, and a staging ground for migrating sandhill cranes.

The Aldo Leopold Foundation received grants from the Sauk County U.W.-Extension Arts And Culture Committee, the National Resources Foundation’s Besadny Grant Program and the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation to develop the interpretive trail.

This spring, with the help of private donors and state and federal funds, the Foundation acquired the neighboring 305-acre Frank Terbilcok family farm to augment its conservation efforts along the Wisconsin River and continue Terbilcok’s conservation work. The farm joins the 2,300-acre Leopold-Pine Important Bird Area across from the Leopold Center. This area combined with adjacent preserves managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service yields 11,000 acres for wildlife conservation.

After viewing the new trail, consider a free, self-guided tour of the newly built Leopold Center, which is the highest scoring Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification building by the U.S. Green Building Council in the United States. You can explore interpretive and photography exhibits with information about Aldo Leopold, the Foundation’s conservation work and the green building’s features.

You can also take a guided tour of the Leopold Shack, from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, May 26 through Oct. 20, 2012. You may also take a free, self-guided Shack tour. Learn more about the Center, Shack tours and the Foundation at www.aldoleopold.org.

Getting There

The Leopold Center is located nine miles north of Baraboo at E13701 Levee Road, in the town of Fairfield. It’s situated west of the intersection of Schepp and Levee Roads. Levee Road is Rustic Road 49 , so look for the brown Rustic Road sign, and consider a scenic drive as part of your visit!

The Center is less than a 30-minute drive from the Inn along picturesque rural roads through the Baraboo Range’s lower narrows.

We have vacancy the weekend of Aug. 17–19, 2012. Reserve a guest room! Click on the Check Availability box at the top of this page or call us at 608-355-9899 to book your room.

Other Events That Weekend:

Aug. 17:  Friday Night Fish Fry at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the north shore Chateau.

Aug. 17:  Universe In The Park, Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, dusk. Meet at the north shore’s outdoor amphitheater in the Northern Lights Campground, five minutes west of the Inn. Explore the night sky with University of Wisconsin-Madison astronomers. Telescopes will be available to view the moon, planets, star clusters and more. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Aug. 17–19:  National Massey Expo of North America at the 49th Annual Badger Steam & Gas Engine Show, Baraboo. This year’s featured tractors are Massey, Wallis and Ferguson. See antique engines and tractors in action. Flea market, crafts, antiques and food, including homemade ice cream and pie. Learn more at www.badgersteamandgas.com.

Aug. 18:  Wisconsin Bats–Live Bats at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s outdoor amphitheater in the Northern Lights Campground, five minutes west of the Inn. Join Ken and Barb Bowman of Bats Conservation of Wisconsin as they share their knowledge about Wisconsin’s flying mammals and why they are so important and at risk. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Trail Background