Aldo Leopold Writing Contest 2018

Each year students in grades 9 through 12, in public, private, and home schools in Wisconsin are invited to consider a writing prompt or question and create an essay response in 500 words.

Three winning essays are chosen from each category (9th-10th grade and 11th-12thgrade). Winning essays are featured on the Aldo Leopold Foundation website and may be printed in The Leopold Outlook magazine. Winners also receive a cash award, a copy of A Sand County Almanac, and memberships to the Aldo Leopold Foundation, International Crane Foundation, and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. An awards ceremony will take place at the Leopold Center in Baraboo, WI on Saturday, May 19.

2018 Writing Contest Topic

Students are encouraged to read and reference the “Forward” and other essays from Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac in their responses.

Aldo Leopold loved the land and its wildness. Describe a place in nature that you love.
Why is it wild to you?

Entries are due by March 23, 2018.
Entries shall be submitted online.

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