First Annual L.E.A.F. a Success
Jill Rennicke, Meeting Planner & Alumni Coordinator

Great causes bring people together. On August 17th, friends, staff, and alumni gathered for an evening of celebration, gourmet food, music, silent auction items, and environmental stewardship awards. The L.E.A.F. (Lowenwood Environmental Awards and Fundraiser) was developed as an event to raise funds to help more students experience Conserve School and to recognize environmental stewards in our backyard. Local guitarist, singer, and Conserve School supporter, Steve Kickert, provided the background music as guests strolled among “talking tables” that told the story of the interdisciplinary classes and programs at Conserve School.

With support from alumni families, community members, and Conserve School supporters, a silent auction of items – from handmade pottery and maple syrup to wild rice and theater tickets - brought additional funding to our program. 

Head of School, Stefan Anderson, honored three environmental organizations with the L.E.A.F. award: North Lakeland Discovery Center for being a conservation partner with Conserve School, Wilderness Lakes Trails for connecting the public with nature, and the Black Oak Lake Preservation Foundation for their conservation and preservation of Black Oak Lake.

The long awaited raffle drawing for the beautiful Northstar 17 Canoe went to Monty Hunt.  Happy paddling Hunt family.

Thank you to all that supported Conserve School at the L.E.A.F. event by attending or donating to the cause of connecting more students to nature through a Conserve School experience. If you are in interested in making a donation to L.E.A.F., there is still time visit  

Photos by Rob Houle, Technology and Media Specialist.