Aldo & Estella Leopold Residency

Aldo & Estella Leopold at "Mi Casita" in Tres Piedras, NM, 1912. Courtesy of Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Aldo & Estella Leopold at "Mi Casita" in Tres Piedras, NM, 1912. Courtesy of Aldo Leopold Foundation.


An inspiring retreat for professional environmental writers at "Mi Casita", Aldo and Estella's first home in northern New Mexico, The Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency provides a space for writers and respected thinkers interested in reshaping the cultural story about the relationship between humans and Nature.

  • Stay for up to one month during the months of May to October.

  • Receive a stipend to help defray travel and living expenses.

  • Give a public presentation at the Harwood Art Museum in Taos.

The Aldo & Estella Leopold Residency is for college students, graduate students, post-graduate students, and other emerging and mid-career professional writers from around the country and abroad. 

Mi Casita - Photo courtesy of Taos News

Mi Casita - Photo courtesy of Taos News

Just as the Aldo Leopold Writing Contest is a creative way to build a network of students who, based on their writing talent, have the potential to become the next generation’s environmental leaders, the Aldo & Estella Leopold Residency has the potential to make the network intergenerational by extending it from 6th-12th grade all the way up to the emerging and mid-career professional writing level. The two programs dovetail, and their combined cultural impact is made greater because they are all of a piece.



apply for the residency

Please send application materials to Andrew Dennison (Outreach Coordinator) at

NOTE: An application processing fee of $20 is required to qualify for review. Pay via PayPal (button below) or by check to Leopold Writing Program, c/o Anthony Anella, P.O. Box 40122 Albuquerque, NM 87196.


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The trick, I suppose, is to contradict those who say vigilance is not necessary, while at the same time being careful not to declare any particular person or thing the enemy—that religion, this or that political party, a certain constituency, capitalism, this or that head of state. It would be to dismantle the stage upon which any tyrant, any self-anointed claimant to power, performed. It would be to direct the attention of his audience to a place where that tyrant has no authority, no influence.

Barry Lopez


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