Throughout the year, the Aldo Leopold Foundation offers free lecture programs from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoons. The next in this series will be Sept. 6 with guest speaker Jeff Nania, who will tell the story of Aldo Leopold’s shotgun, which recently was donated to the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Nania’s presentation will share the story of how Leopold set off on a journey to secure a special-order, one-of-a-kind A.H. Fox shotgun while he was working for the United States Forest Service in Albuquerque, N.M. in 1921. When the Aldo Leopold Foundation learned that Fritz Leopold wanted to donate the shotgun, Nania helped facilitate the process of shipping the gun to the foundation and also researched its origins. An avid hunter, Nania took a special interest in this project and has spent the last six months uncovering the story of how Leopold procured such a special gun. Nania has spent a lifetime restoring native ecosystems, gathering awards and recognition along the way. Most recently, he co-founded Wisconsin’s Field Corps program to engage students in environmental learning.

Bring a bag lunch and plan to stay for the afternoon to tour the Shack, hike the trails, or explore educational exhibits. Call the Leopold Center, E13701 Levee Road, Baraboo, for directions at 608-355-0279 or visit

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