Leopold Education Project (LEP)
Johnson County PF is committed to the Leopold Education Project (LEP) which is an environmental education program based on the classic writings of the renowned conservationist, Aldo Leopold. The LEP curriculum aligns with the essays in A Sand County Almanac as a springboard for observing the natural world, to instill a love and respect for the land and all that inhabit the land and to protect the earth’s natural resources.
LEP has developed a proven curriculum (Lessons in a Land Ethic) that “fosters a positive relationship between our younger generations and the soil, water, plants and animals” – or what Leopold simply called – the land. His objective was to “teach the students to see the land, understand what he sees and enjoy what he understands”.
Johnson County PF sponsors educators interested in the LEP teachings should plan to attend the National LEP Workshop held near the “shack” in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Local Environmental Education Opportunities
Want to get involved in the environment education movement in Kansas. Attend a local Johnson County PF sponsored conservation and environmental workshops put on by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE). We continue to support KACEE and have provided scholarship opportunities to educators that are interested in our programs.
Past sponsored programs have included the Leopold-themed workshops:
January Thaw: An Environmental Education (EE) Workshop that included the Leopold Education Project, Project Learning Tree, and Project WILD.
The Geese Return: An EE Opportunity that included Project WET, WET in the City & Project WILD Aquatic with a focus on urban water and wildlife issues.