Conservation in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Driftless Area to the World

  Presented by Curt Meine, Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation/Center for Human and Nature;  Adjunct Associate Professor, UW-Madison The Driftless Area of the Upper Midwest is distinguished by its unique natural and cultural history.  The region’s rugged landscape of ridges and valleys has presented special environmental challenges.  The region has also fostered important innovations to […]


The Wisconsin Native Plant Garden: Reflections and Resilience

Presented by Susan Carpenter, native plant garden curator, UW-Madison Arboretum As spring approaches, our dormant garden comes to life. This garden's growth and development provides lessons for creating resilient gardens at our homes and in community spaces. Discover practices and inspiration for starting or enhancing your native plant garden. Luncheon-Lectures are held in the Arboretum […]

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The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin: Saving What We Love Together

Presented by Elizabeth Koehler, Wisconsin State Director for The Nature Conservancy From Wisconsin’s Northwoods to Door County and the grasslands of southern Wisconsin, The Nature Conservancy has been protecting the lands and water we depend on and cherish for almost 63 years. Wisconsin State Director Elizabeth Koehler will share some conservation highlights from the past […]

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May T. Watts, The Morton Arboretum, and the Origins of the Illinois Prairie Path

Presented by Will Barnett, Professor of History at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois May Theilgaard Watts was a beloved naturalist at Chicago’s Morton Arboretum and her grassroots campaign established the Illinois Prairie Path in three years. She represented a distinctly Midwestern set of ideas, linking earlier conservationists and 1960s environmentalism with a strong focus […]

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Everyone is Listening for Something

Presented by Douglas Hill, Emeritus Professor of Music, UW-Madison Douglas Hill will present and discuss excerpts from four of his original compositions, inspired by the wilderness writings of Leopold, Olson, Derleth or Thoreau...the setting of word rhythms and subtle inferences from the selected language, the application of vocal qualities and instrumental tone colors to suggest […]

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