May 3, 2012 by Devils Den
Devil’s Den State Park invites you to come and learn how to “THINK LIKE A MOUNTAIN” May 18-20 during a weekend of fun for the whole family while you discover and celebrate nature.
The weekend event will feature nature programs and outdoor activities as well as programs that honor the life and times of Aldo Leopold.
Leopold is considered by many to be the modern-day father of wildlife management and the conservation movement. He was a forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. In an essay called “Thinking like a Mountain” from his A Sandy County Almanac book, Leopold describes an encounter with a wolf while hunting the predator that later in life caused him to rethink his ideas of the importance that large predators play in the balance of nature and of whole ecosystems. He describes eloquently in the essay how the mountains surrounding the area had witnessed firsthand what happens when nature is forced out of balance by man.
During his life Leopold was also credited with creating the Land Ethic principle, which is used today by most land managers and agencies. In the “The Land Ethic” from his book, he wrote: “There is a need for a new ethic, an ethic dealing with man’s relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it. In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it.”
The film Green Fire, which recounts the legacy of Leopold’s life and teachings, will be shown on Friday night at 8 p.m and again on Sunday at 11 a.m. during the weekend event. Other happenings for the weekend will include fly fishing, Leave No Trace, kayak and Dutch oven demos, fun kid’s crafts as well as readings from Sand County Almanac around a nighttime campfire while enjoying some great homemade ice cream. Various groups, including members of the Leopold Education Project, will also be on hand to help teach new camping skills and ways to sharpen your nature awareness.
Come join in the fun, learn more about nature, and see what happens when you begin to think like a mountain!
By Terry Elder