“We can only be ethical in relation to something we can see, understand, feel, love, or otherwise have faith in.”
-Aldo Leopold, author of "A Sand County Almanac"
What do you think of when you hear the term “ethic?”
Maybe you think of what is considered the “right way” to treat others, or the responsibility a business carries to make good decisions for its customers and employees, or how a doctor or medical professional should act while administering care, or a worker’s drive to do their job well.
But when you hear the word “ethic” do you think about your relationship with land, wildlife, plants, and ecosystems? Aldo Leopold and his “Land Ethic” would say you definitely should, and the team at Pottawattamie Conservation has to agree.
Aldo Leopold is an Iowa-born conservationist with insights that may ring more true today than when he first shared them in “A Sand County Almanac” in 1949. For example:
”Ethical behavior is doing the right thing even when no one else is watching.”
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
“To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”
Leopold believed that humans should change their relationship with the natural world - seeing ourselves as plain members and citizens of the land along with soil, plants, water, and wildlife, instead of acting as conquerors of it.
If this concept has you curious and interested, then Pottawattamie Conservation highly encourages you to participate in this year’s “A Land Ethic Workshop” series, led by celebrated educator Ron Cisar. Inspired by Leopold and his Land Ethic, this program will take you on a monthly journey where you'll learn how to recognize changes taking place in the natural world, why they matter, and the importance of treating the land as a part of us, not apart from us.
You can sign up for all 10 sessions for a 50% discount (these registrants will also receive a copy of “A Sand County Almanac” and a journal), or attend whatever sessions you like for $15 each (park entry fee included). All sessions will take place in person at Hitchcock Nature Center.
Please see the program schedule and details below. We hope to see you there!
All programs will be open for registration later this spring.
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