Considered the father of wildlife ecology, Aldo Leopold’s dedication to conservation in Wisconsin has left its mark on environmental education, environmental ethics, and wildlife management. Guided by Leopold’s legacy, the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center are challenging high schoolers to channel their inner Leopold and write a 500 word essay dedicated to loving the land and its wildness. The contest aims to inspire students to write about their love of a place in nature, in turn strengthening their connection to the land and adopting a land ethic. Participants are encouraged to reference the “Foreword” and essays from A Sand County Almanac when responding to the prompt:
Aldo Leopold loved the land and its wildness.
Describe a place in nature that you love. Why is it wild to you?
All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in public, private, and home schools in the state of Wisconsin are eligible to enter. Only one entry accepted per person and students MUST submit original work. The top three 9th and 10th grade essayists and the top three 11th and 12th grade essayists will each be awarded $200. Winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony at the Leopold Center in Baraboo on Saturday, May 19.
Essays MUST be submitted online at aldoleopold.org/contest by March 23, 2018.
For more information, please visit aldoleopold.org/contest.