The Leopold Education Project (LEP) – May 26, 2017

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Jackson and Swain counties have many wonderful natural attributes such as clean water, diverse forests, good bottomland soils for agriculture, fish and wildlife to harvest or enjoy. Our counties have produced many heroes and heroines in the area of conservation stewardship, which have been inspired by our surrounding natural attributes through their work and writings and have shared with others.

One of the conservationist was from Wisconsin and wrote a book called “A Sand County Almanac,” which inspired a conservation education program called the Leopold Education Project (LEP). This program helps teach our youth about developing their own conservation stewardship philosophy.

“The objective is to teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands.”
– Aldo Leopold.

School Teachers, Camp Counselors, Extension Agents, Environmental Educators and anyone who wants to educate the next generation about conservation stewardship and land ethics are encouraged to attend this workshop.

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation ethics curriculum targeted for grades 6-12 primarily, however anyone can attend. The goal of the program is to create an ecologically literate citizenry.

The LEP increases the citizens awareness of the land, informs them of how to make responsible choices for our planet, while simultaneously teaching important social, collaborative and critical thinking skills.

The next LEP Workshop will be May 26, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Oconaluftee Farmstead (Old Visitor Center), Cherokee, NC. Registration is $20. Please register by May 12 or by calling 828-488-3848 or email Robert J. Hawk at

For more information and registration form