Established in 1982 by the five children of Aldo Leopold and his wife Estella, we are a conservation organization that works to inspire an ethical relationship between people and nature through Leopold’s legacy. This vision of a “land ethic” was not meant to be rigid or dogmatic; instead, Leopold intended for it to evolve continually through personal reflection, open dialogue, and people’s actions on the land and in their communities. We invite you to join us as we work to weave a land ethic into society and encourage its unfolding in myriad of ways.
We preserve Leopold’s historic property, cultivate leadership and land stewardship, and advance a land ethic nationwide.
Our mission is to foster a land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold.
Best known for writing A Sand County Almanac, Leopold was one of the 20th century’s greatest conservation thinkers.
At its core, the land ethic is caring: about people, the land, and strengthening the relationships between them.
We are committed to becoming allies and advocates for converging the conservation and social justice movements and helping to build an ethic of care that encompasses all people and all places.
The archives contain a wealth of information about the evolution of Leopold’s thinking and his impact on conservation.