The Leopold Writing Program seeks effective and inclusive ways to engage the current and next generation of citizen leaders in the urgent conversation to address changing realities brought about by climate disruption, biodiversity loss, growing demand for fresh water, and other global conservation issues.
Aldo Leopold Writing Contest
Giving voice to young writers most vulnerable to the consequences of environmental inaction. For New Mexico students Grades 6–12.
An opportunity for New Mexico students in grades 6-12 to engage with critical questions about environmental ethics in an annual essay contest with cash prizes.
Please visit our WRITING CONTEST PAGE to view the photos and essays of our 2022 Honorees.
2023 WRITING CONTEST
Please view the WRITING CONTEST page for general information.
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Aldo & Estella Leopold Residency
Offering a retreat for emerging and mid-career writers interested in reshaping the cultural story of humans relating to Nature.
An inspiring one-month retreat for professional environmental writers at "Mi Casita", Aldo and Estella's first home in northern New Mexico.
The application process for 2023 Leopold Residency is currently on hold. Circumstances outside of LWP control have made it inappropriate to accept applications at this time. We apologize for this situation.
Annual Leopold Lecture
Featuring a distinguished environmental thinker to highlight challenging and urgent conservation needs.
Guest Lecturer, April 22, 2023
ROBIN WALL KIMMERER
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants .