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For Immediate Release:

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art
Hosts Community Read Events for Aldo
Leopold's A Sand County Almanac
Read. Think. Engage.
Be part of the conversation!

(March 11, 2014 Chadds Ford, PA) As part of the Community Read of Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac, a seminal book about conservation and land stewardship, the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is offering several programs throughout the spring related to the book. First published in 1949, A Sand County Almanac is a beautifully written book infused with keen observations about nature and the interaction of plants and animals.

Leopold helped to shaped the modern environmental movement. His work remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. The following events will take place at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Green Fire Screening
Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m.
This Emmy Award-winning documentary tells the story of Aldo Leopold and his extraordinary career. Edie Dondero, senior planner for land and easement management, will introduce the film. The screening is free for members and included in museum admission. The museum and galleries will open at 6 p.m.

Lighting a Local Fire Presentation and Book Discussion
Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
Aldo Leopold's enthusiasm for the environmental movement took root locally in the work of the Brandywine Conservancy and many others, including Ted Browning, an important voice for the environment in the region. Browning's book of essays, Notes from Turtle Creek, provides a local perspective on topics that Leopold explored in A Sand County Almanac. Join in a discussion led by Conservancy staff on issues raised by both writers and learn how historic developments in land stewardship and conservation have shaped the look and feel of this region. Both books are available in the museum shop and online. It is not necessary to have read the books to participate. The presentation is free for members and included in museum admission. The museum and galleries will open at 6 p.m.

"Native Plants of the Brandywine Region and their Liaisons" Lecture
Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
How does a New England Aster connect with a Tufted Titmouse? Why is Purple Top grass important to Red Tailed Hawks? Do all female Great Spangled Fritillary butterflies seek Violets? The interconnectedness of nature is a recurring theme in Aldo Leopold's book, A Sand County Almanac. Come learn about many common but frequently underappreciated connections between native plants and the wildlife in our region from Mark Gormel, horticultural coordinator. He will present a beautifully illustrated and engaging look at understanding, enabling and sustaining these plants and the relationships that go with them, all with an eye on reducing the amount of time and materials required to reap the rewards of being a good steward on your piece of the earth. The presentation is free for members and included in museum admission. The museum and galleries will open at 6 p.m.

"Art and Nature" Gallery Talk
Wednesday, April 9 at 2 p.m.
Aldo Leopold likens a river to an artist wielding a brush to change its surrounding landscape. Discover how artists paint nature in works by Andrew Wyeth, George A. Weymouth, Jamie Wyeth, William T. Richards, and more, in this gallery talk led by museum guides. Free for members and included in museum admission.

Birding the Brandywine
Wednesday, April 16, 8 a.m.
Join Conservancy staff members on a walk along the Brandywine River Trail to look for spring migrants. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet in the Brandywine River Museum of Art parking lot. Free and open to the public.

Community Reads are designed to inspire people to pick up a good book, encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment, and start a conversation. The Community Read is taking place through the leadership of Longwood Gardens and with the participation of other conservation organizations and libraries.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art, located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 65 and over, $6 for children ages 6 and older and free for children 5 and younger and Brandywine Conservancy members. Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon through November 24 (except May 25 during the Annual Antiques Show).For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org. Together with its environmental program, the Brandywine Conservancy, the organization preserves art and the environment.

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