Cranes, Conservation, and Carleton in Baraboo, WI

  • September 22nd through 25th, 2011
  • Registration deadline: August 15th, 2011
  • Capacity: 40
  • Cost: $425.00

Carleton Mini-Adventure in Baraboo, Wisconsin

“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”  - Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

If you cannot live without wild things, please join Nancy Braker ’81, Director of Cowling Arboretum & Lecturer in Biology, and Mary Savina ’72, Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology and Director of Archaeology, as they explore the landscapes that inspired Aldo Leopold. This area is a beautiful place to explore conservation, restoration, natural history, environmental history, and geology.


From your base in Baraboo, Wisconsin, you’ll explore the Aldo Leopold Foundation grounds, including the Shack where A Sand County Almanac was written. You’ll tour the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, rated the “greenest building in the world” because of its design, construction, and use of alternative energy technologies. You’ll also visit the International Crane Foundation, which “works worldwide to conserve cranes and the wetland and grassland ecosystems on which they depend.” At both sites, you’ll be able to hike on the nature trails, view exhibits, and talk with experts.

You’ll visit Parfrey’s Glen (Wisconsin’s first State Natural Area), Devils’ Lake State Park, and Van Hise Rock, a monolithic remnant of an ancient mountain chain. (With any luck, there will be a nice fall color display.)

Muffy Barrett ’80 and Scott Weber ’82 will welcome you to Bluestem Farm, where you’ll learn about their restoration and permaculture activities. They’ve restored prairie, oak savanna, and wetlands, and have grown over a hundred varieties of apples, pears, cherries, plums, and grapes. You’ll see how they propagate wildflowers and other native plants, including hardy orchids.


Nancy Braker '81, is the Director of the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum and Lecturer in Biology.  She worked for The Nature Conservancy for 20 years in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Wisconsin, before returning to Carleton in 2007.  Nancy works with faculty and students on their academic use of the Arboretum, collaborating with a number of departments including Biology, Geology, Environmental Studies, Art, and English. Nancy's primary interests are in conservation planning, restoration of native plant and animal species and plant communities, and the use of fire as a land management tool to replicate natural ecological processes.

Mary Savina ’72 is the Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology and Director of Archaeology. She teaches geomorphology, geology of soils, hydrology, and environmental geology. She is active in the Archaeology and Environmental Studies programs and is also the geology department liaison for students seeking teacher certification in earth sciences. Her professional work centers on geological education and on the archaeology of Greece.


$425/person (double occupancy) – Includes hotel accommodations Thursday night through Sunday morning, meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast, gratuities for wait staff and bus driver, and all entrance fees. Does not include transportation to/from Baraboo from your home town, alcoholic beverages or gratuities for hotel housekeeping.

Create your own Extension

This mini-adventure will barely scratch the surface of interesting sights and activities in the Baraboo area. Consider extending your trip to visit some other near-by attractions:

  • Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center.  A centennial celebration is scheduled for 2011.
  • Circus World, located on the site of the original Ringling Brothers Circus winter quarters, is a world-famous circus history institution.


Please contact Ann Iijima at the Carleton College Alumni Affairs Office: 800-729-2586 (general office number), 507-222-4554 (Ann's direct line) or