This weekend nature festival is a celebration of Aldo Leopold who summered in the Les Cheneaux region as a child and young adult. Festival events cover a large variety of topics and include speakers, birding trips, wildflower walks, children's activities and much more.  

See the full event description and schedule of events at

Festival wristbands are required for all festival activities. One wristband per person. Some activities have additional costs as noted. Wristbands can be picked up any day of the festival starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Hessel School House (3206 W Cedar Rd, Hessel, MI 49745) or at the first event of each day. 

Registration is online. For those who need in-person assistance with the registration process, you can register at the Hessel School House  (3206 W Cedar Rd, Hessel, MI 49745) Monday's - Fridays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check or credit card only, cash not accepted.

Registration for Aldo Leopold Festival 2018 is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 29, 2018.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Elliot Nelson at or 906-322-0353.