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Join Dr. Mathew Schmader to learn about Aldo Leopold's influences in Albuquerque.
Aldo Leopold: Early Influences on Albuquerque and the Story of Rio Grande Park
Speaker: Dr. Mathew Schmader, Superintendent of Open Space with Albuquerque's Parks and Recreation Department
Join us for a special talk during the Zoo's Wolf Awareness Day on Saturday, Oct. 19.
About the Talk
Although Aldo Leopold spent a relatively short time in Albuquerque, his influences were profound. He took time from a desk job with the U.S. Forest Service to become the secretary of the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. His main passion was advocating for a new park for Albuquerque along the banks of the Rio Grande. In the process, he was able to obtain land for the project and stir the interest of many people. The project would only come to pass 65 years after Leopold first proposed it, thanks in large part to successors such as Clyde Tingley. Much of the land Leopold acquired would become the future site of the ABQ BioPark Zoo. Leopold's impact on other elements of the city's story including our own Open Space ethic, will be explored.