Aldo festival art work.

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, documentaries, and a large variety of nature based field trips and family activities. 

See the full event description and schedule of events at

Festival wristbands are required for all events. One wristband per person. Some events 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. In addition, wrist bands can be picked up at the screening of Project Ice.

Registration for Aldo Leopold Festival 2017 is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2017.


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.