Monday, October 06, 2008
The cool days and cold nights have made it perfect to walk outside - no wasps or mosquitoes, bright blue skies, and nice cool temps. We love visiting different trails - from prairie, wetlands, farmland, forest.
Living in Wisconsin one thing we often see, no matter where we hike, is information about Aldo Leopold. On a hike last weekend we once again came across a placquard at a viewing platform about him. A has asked many times about who he is, and has visited the local Aldo Leopold Nature Center and the children's shack.
After our hike, A decided we needed to learn more. We checked out several books - both adult books as well as children's books, and have spent some time learning more about this Wisconsin wildlife ecologist. We plan to visit a few more Wisconsin spots which are rich with his history, and we found a few interesting projects to do together!
I think the boys are interested in hearing about people who spent much of their time in the woods, participating and living fully in nature, and working to improve the environment around them! A can't get enough. Reading these books has spurned questions about ecology, conservation, restoration, sustainable agriculture and more. I think they also just like hearing about people who grew up walking in the woods, playing in the creek, and collecting bugs!
A Sand County Almanac (Outdoor Essays & Reflections)
Aldo Leopold: American Ecologist (First Books - American Conservationists Series)
Wisconsin DNR :: Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold Nature Center: About Aldo