This important series offers eye-opening documentaries to enlighten viewers about the importance of understanding and protecting our environment; also to educate and to motivate people to learn about ecology and take steps to preserve our natural treasures. Programs available on 25 or 26 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Click for more
A combined version of Aldo Leopold 1 & 2 is available.
Aldo Leopold 1: His Life and Thought
Narrated by Lorne Greene (Bonanza), this classic documentary presents the biography of Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), a renowned scientist, educator, philosopher, scholar and writer, who has been called the "father of wildlife ecology," as well as the "father of wildlife management"; the thoughts and reflections of this important naturalist have guided millions to discover what it means to live in harmony, not only with the land, but also with each other. Born in Burlington, Iowa, Leopold learned as a boy from his father how to look for and appreciate the many mysteries of nature. After graduating from Yale with a degree in Forestry, he joined the U.S. Forest Service as a ranger and supervisor in New Mexico and in 1924 succeeded in having the Gila National Forest designated as the first extensive wilderness area in the U.S. In 1933 he accepted a position to teach game management at the University of Wisconsin. In 1935 he moved his family into a run-down cabin, known as "The Shack," and for years they planted trees in the area to help restore the land; also that year he and 7 other conservationists started The Wilderness Society, which continues today as an advocate to restore America's wilderness areas. All of these experiences led Leopold to write down his observations and thoughts about this new concept known as "land ethic," and although he died one year before his famous book, "A Sand County Almanac," was published, his ideas about nature and the environment continue today as his lasting legacy.
Aldo Leopold 2: "A Sand County Almanac"
"If the eco of ecology has literary cornerstones, they are Thoreau's 'Walden,' Marsh's 'Man and Nature,' Carson's 'Silent Spring,' and Leopold's 'A Sand County Almanac.'" -Sierra Club Magazine
"The power of 'A Sand County Almanac' is that it helps us see in so many ways that the land is an organism, a circulating system, of which we are but a part. If and when we tinker, we must exercise ultimate care." -Woodnotes
Published the year after Aldo Leopold died, "A Sand County Almanac", a literary landmark in conservation, which blends poetic prose with keen observations of the natural world, was the naturalist's most influential work. Having been translated into nine languages, it has sold millions of copies worldwide and is considered to be a cornerstone for modern conservation science, policy, and ethics. This classic program, narrated by Lorne Greene ("Bonanza"), is based on the ecologist's famous book and includes his personal collection of beautiful nature sketches and philosophical essays on ecology and ethics. 83/08DE JSCA 60 min.
Associated Book: A Sand County Almanac
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