Community Read 2014

Community Read 2014

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold


To those devoid of imagination a blank space on the map is a useless waste; to others the most valuable part.

- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac.

Join us in our first-ever community read! We invite you to read with us Aldo Leopold’s, A Sand County Almanac. Together with Bayard Taylor Library and Longwood Gardens, we will explore the book’s ideas about environmental conservation, land stewardship, and community engagement.

Sand County Almanac

The collaboration will bring to you programs focused on the topics in A Sand County Almanac. The series will include a book discussions, special speaker nights and “Leopold Saturdays,” which are nature program designed to highlighting topics in the book.

It is free and easy to participate! Begin reading A Sand County Almanac, and then join us for one or all of the events below. TLC is selling books for $5.00 (half off of online purchase). Books are available for pick up at TLC’s office. Please contact us ahead of time if you plan on stopping by the office. For more information, contact or call 610-347-0347 ext 104. Please RSVP using the links below or contact information provided.

Longwood Gardens, the host organization, will be holding an exciting event to close the Community Read event on April 12th 2014 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM with author/lecturer, Curt Meine. Curt will discuss his book Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work and his work with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

February 2014

Leopold Saturday – “Through the Eyes of a Naturalist” 

Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA)

Explore the tiny wonders in your own backyard and experience nature though interpretation and journaling in the way that Leopold did. Free and welcomed to all ages! Click here to RSVP (required).

March 2014

“How the Red Clay Greenway is an Integral Part of the Land Ethic.” 

Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Location: Bayard Taylor Library (216 E. State Street, Kennett Square, PA)

Presentation by: Gwen Lacy, Executive Director of TLC. Learn how walkable communities tie into the Land Ethic.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Location: Pennock Ball Fields (675 West South Street, Kennett Square, PA)

Follow up with the speaking event by traveling the Red Clay Greenway to see the growing trail connectivity in Kennett Square with Gwen Lacy and Tom Janton. Click here to RSVP.

Green Fire Screening

Monday, March 10, 2014 from 7:00pm ~ 9:00pm. Location: Madeleine Wing Alder Theatre on West Chester University campus (817 S. High Street, West Chester, PA 19383).

See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world, highlighting modern projects that put Leopold’s land ethic in action in a multitude of ways. Tickets are FREE to all students, faculty and community members!

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Leopold Saturday – “Bucktoe Restoration Hike”

Leopold Shack

Leopold’s Family Shack

Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA)

Join the Bucktoe Creek Preserve crew to see the Land Ethic in action and learn how you can be a part of it. Have you visited Bucktoe in the past? Well here is your chance to get a behind the scenes look at how the preserve came to be and what’s in store for Bucktoe’s future as an environmental education hub. It will also be a chance to see Bucktoe in it’s entirety! Click here to RSVP.

April 2014

“Mushrooms? A Land Ethic?” 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Location: Bayard Taylor Library (216 E. State Street, Kennett Square, PA)

Presentation by: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, and Dr. Gregory Turner, Professor of Biology at West Chester University.

What is myco-remediation? Living in the mushroom capitol of the world? Find out how mushrooms play a role in Leopold’s, the Land Ethic, and detoxifying our preserved lands.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Note: Time change). Location: New Leaf Eco Center but PARKING is at the Kennett Township Building (801 Borrows Run Road, Chadds Ford, PA).

Follow up with the speaking event and d0-it-yourself at the New Leaf Eco Center. Learn the mechanisms behind composting, beekeeping, bioswales, edible forests and myco-remediation. Refreshments provided. Click here to RSVP.

Curt Meine

Curt Meine

Conservation in Our Community

Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Location: Longwood Gardens (1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA)

Meet Curt Meine, author of Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, who has spent most of his career studying Leopold’s lifelong approach to conservation. Learn about current and future conservation efforts in our region and beyond during an engaging panel discussion featuring local thought leaders, including TLC’s Executive Director. A complimentary dessert reception follows the event. $18 per participant. Register through Longwood Gardens: click here.