The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary, conservation and environmental education activity guide based on the classic writings of the renowned conservationist, Aldo Leopold. These literature-based lessons are correlated to the Kansas State Core Curricular Standards for grades 6-12. KACEE offers the Kansas Edition of the LEP Activity Guide, which includes Kansas-specific background information and resources to connect Kansas learners with local ecosystems. Two additional activity guides, LEP Lessons in GPS Technology (for outdoor exploration using GPS) and LEP Exploring the Outdoors with Aldo Leopold (for non-formal educators) may also be incorporated into specialty workshops.
All of the LEP Curriculum and Activity Guides explore essays from the 1949 publication, A Sand County Almanac, in which Leopold recorded observations and reflections on his Wisconsin farm throughout the seasons. Through reading about Leopold's recorded discoveries and participating in hands-on activities, in-class discussions, and outdoor investigations, students will expand their awareness, appreciation, and understanding of local ecosystems.
The mission of the Leopold Education Project is to create an ecologically literate citizenry so that each individual might develop a personal land ethic. Leopold's writings are both sound science and excellent literature, and can be used as a springboard for meaningful environmental education. The lessons aim to promote responsible environmental decision making without advocating particular positions on value-sensitive issues.
LEP in Kansas is sponsored by KACEE.