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Aldo Leopold Festival


Rocks in the water along the shoreline at Gerstacker Preserve. Forest in the distance curves around the water's edge.
Gerstacker Preserve Carl A. Gerstacker Nature Preserve at Dudley Bay in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. © Ron Leonetti


Les Cheneaux welcomes you to celebrate the legacy of Aldo Leopold—one of America's most influential naturalists—from June 1-5, 2022, at the Aldo Leopold Festival. Activities include paddling excursions, orchid and wildflower tours, birding trips, presentations and many other nature-based activities. Experience the woods and waters that formed Leopold's early impressions of the natural world as we honor his mark on conservation and the environment. 


The Nature Conservancy is a proud sponsor of the festival. Sign up for field trips at our John Arthur Woollam Preserve, Carl A. Gerstacker Nature Preserve at Dudley Bay and Maxton Plains Preserve on Drummond Island.

Explore the Featured Preserves

Learn more about the TNC woods and waters featured in the Aldo Leopold Festival.

Learn More About Les Cheneaux

Unparalleled. Historic. Authentic Beauty. 

The Les Cheneaux area lies east of the Mackinac Bridge along the northern shore of Lake Huron. Pronounced "Lay-Shen-O," its French origins loosely translate to mean the channels, home to 36 islands within the Straits of Mackinac. The historic port towns of Cedarville and Hessel have much to offer: marinas, waterfront vistas, unusual gift shops and galleries, a boat building school, a culinary school and many hiking trails to explore.