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learning academics scholarship schoolwork curriculum teachers research education Nature Upgrade R A M A K . R A M A S WA M Y writer contact with nature is not some magical elixir but the natural world is the substrate on which we must build our existence," wrote Stephen Kellert, PhD, a professor of social ecology at Yale University who explored the links between humans and the natural world. Since 1989, students attending Wellesley's seven public elementary schools have been exploring nature and learning about the environment through the schools' "nature walk" program. This program, which always relied upon parent volunteers and teachers carving out class time to support out- door enrichment, is still running but is now under curriculum review and is undergoing a round of upgrades. Hardy Elementary School third graders study the function and structure of a leaf. R A M A R A M A S W A M Y 162 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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