Although The Aldo Leopold Foundation is currently closed to visitors through March, start planning now to make your pilgrimage to the Shack, we’re working hard to get it ready for you and others. Can’t wait to see you!


*The Leopold Shack and Farm is closed to the public November – February.

The  landscape surrounding the shack was the chief inspiration for Aldo Leopold’s essays in A Sand County Almanac and continues to be a living classroom for exploring ecological relationships and conservation history.  We offer three ways in which you can tour the Leopold Shack and Farm. Choose which shack experience is right for you from the list below

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided visitors explore the exterior of the Shack and surrounding land guided by a brochure that includes a trail map, points of interest, historic photos of the land, and background information on Aldo Leopold’s legacy. The trail loop  is approximately one mile in length. A side trail leads to the Wisconsin River through a beautiful floodplain forest, where bald eagles, cranes, and other wildlife are frequently spotted. Visitors should also feel free to explore our newly-renovated exhibits and trails.

Self-guided tours of the Leopold Shack are available anytime during our visiting hours. Please check in at the Leopold Center to buy tickets, and to receive your tour brochure.  Self-Guided tours are occasionally canceled due to inclement weather, or special events please call ahead: 608.355.0279.

Self-Guided Tour Dates: During our visiting hours.

Self-Guided Tour Fees:  $7 per person. Tours are free for children aged 10 and younger.

Guided Public Tours

Come hear the stories about the pioneering restoration work initiated by Leopold and his family, experience the inside of the Shack, and stroll through restored prairie and woods along the Wisconsin River. Public tours are offered on Saturdays at 1:00 May through October. Public tours last approximately two hours and are led by knowledgeable guides. Public tour tickets are restricted to groups of 10 or less. We appreciate advanced registration.

Guided Tour Dates: Saturdays, May-October

Guided Tour Fees: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors (62 and older); and $8 for children (ages 11-17). Tours are free for children 10 years old and younger.

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Private Group Tours

Do you have a large group of Aldo Leopold enthusiasts? Schedule a private Shack tour or field trip!

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