The Leopold Writing Program

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation

Our Mission

ALDO LEOPOLD is the author of A Sand County Almanac in which he asserts his land ethic: “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.  It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

The Leopold Writing Program builds on Aldo Leopold’s legacy as a writer by inspiring the next generation to participate in the evolution of environmental ethics through the written word. Our MISSION is to create an intergenerational network of leaders who, by virtue of their writing talent, have the potential to change the cultural story about the relationship between humans and Nature.


One Mission. Three Programs. All Generations.

Aldo Leopold Writing Contest

An opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to engage with critical questions about environmental ethics in an annual essay contest with cash prizes.  

ALDO & ESTELLA LEOPOLD RESIDENCY

An inspiring retreat for professional environmental writers at "Mi Casita", Aldo and Estella's first home in northern New Mexico. 

ANNUAL LEOPOLD LECTURE 

This free lecture features a distinguished national writer who inspires and challenges audiences to explore today’s critical environmental issues.

thank you to our sponsors and partners

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