The Aldo Leopold Programs

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time


Join Drake Community Library and the Aldo Leopold Environmental Education Committee for the Aldo Leopold Programs, March 3rd and March 10th, in the Caulkins Community Room at Drake Community Library.

On March 3rd, join us at 2:00 p.m. for a free showing of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time. This film is the first feature-length documentary ever made about famed conservationist and Iowa native Aldo Leopold. Emmy Award-winning narrator and Grinnell College graduate Peter Coyote lends his talent as the voice of Aldo Leopold. The film has been honored with a 2012 Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary.

The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century, and the many ways his pioneering ideas about the protection and restoration of wilderness, watersheds, and wildlife have greatly influenced the stewardship of public and private lands around the world.

“What is exciting about Green Fire is that it is more than just a documentary about Aldo Leopold. It also explores the influence his ideas have had by highlighting some really inspiring people and organizations doing great work to connect people and the natural world in ways that even Leopold might not have imagined,” said Aldo Leopold Foundation Executive Director Buddy Huffaker.

After the film, join us for refreshments and a discussion hosted by Jackie Brown, Grinnell College professor of biology and a founding member of the Center for Prairie Studies.

On Sunday, March 10, join us again at 2:00 p.m. for readings from Leopold’s classic work A Sand County Almanac. Leopold conceived of a book geared for general audiences examining humanity’s relationship to the natural world. His collection of essays, A Sand County Almanac, was published a year after his death in 1948.

The Aldo Leopold Programs are sponsored by the Tallgrass Prairie Audubon Society, the Center for Prairie Studies, the Grinnell League of Women Voters and Entre Nous. The Aldo Leopold Environmental Education Committee includes Jim Ahrens, Ann Stillman, and Barbara Tabbert.

For more information on Aldo Leopold and his work, check out the following websites:



At the Green Fire website, find out more about the movie and Leopold biographer Curt Meine. Check the screenings list, sign up for the Green Fire e-newsletter, and watch the movie trailer.



The Aldo Leopold Foundation’s mission is to weave a land ethic into the fabric of our society; to advance the understanding, stewardship and restoration of land health; and to cultivate leadership for conservation.


The Iowa State University Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.


The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute is the only Federal research group in the United States dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge needed to improve management of wilderness, parks, and similarly protected areas.