WellesleyWeston Magazine


Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Since 1985, this working farm has been a central part of Weston's community, offering year-round after-school programs, as well as full- and half-day learning opportunities for kids all summer long. Programs are designed for children ranging from pre-school through middle school, but the farm also hires volunteer high school students as junior counselors and is piloting a high school community service program this summer. Younger kids will do arts and crafts, meet at the "magic tree" — a cut leaf beech tree with a canopy of leaves, and learn to safely climb Japanese mountain ash trees with lots of branches within reach. Older kids will help prepare and pack food to donate as part of the farm's hunger relief effort. Everyone will learn to care for the goats, rabbits, and chickens. And they will all harvest the gardens and cook and eat the variety of fruits and vegetables that come from them. "The farm changes throughout the seasons, and everyone is welcome year-round to explore it or stop by the farm stand," says Hess. The farm also offers Open Farmyard — a free, drop-in program — twice a week throughout the summer with activities that mirror the growing season and help instill an appreciation for our food sources. With experienced educators who are passionate about what they do, your child is sure to have an engaging experience that will stay with them long after they leave the farm. For more information, visit www.landssake.org. To register for pro- grams visit the Weston Rec Center's website, www.weston.org. Weston Conservation Commission Programs "Weston is pretty unique in that it's so close to a major urban area, but it has an enormous amount of open space and trails, which are not always visible from the road," – Emily Schadler, Conservation Stewardship Program Coordinator, Weston Conservation Commission The Weston Conservation Commission owns and maintains 2,000 acres of protected land throughout Weston. "We want to be sure people know about all Weston has to offer and can fully appreciate it," says Schadler. The Open Space and Recreation Plan is a great resource for people who want to learn more about Weston's treasured open spaces. You can also sign up for Conservation Connection, the Commission's quarterly e-newsletter, for the latest program- ming news. For additional information, visit www.weston.org/list.aspx. Weston Forest & Trail Association Programs This privately-run organization maintains more than 90 miles of trails including the new Mass Central Rail Trail, fire roads, and hilltop outlooks used for public enjoyment. C O U R T E S Y O F P U D D L E S T O M P E R S PUDDLESTOMPERS introduces kids to nature and wooded trails in Wellesley and Weston and teaches them to respect local plants, animals, and birds. W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 140 education "an engaging experience that will stay with them"

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