WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

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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"It's amazing to see these kids' eyes light up when they realize everything they eat doesn't come shrink-wrapped in the grocery store," says Jones. Hornung adds, "Different kids get excited about different things, and they all take away something of their own. Next year [Summer 2019], we're going to run a camp geared toward stay-at-home parents with similar objectives to EcoCamp." Wellesley Free Library Programs The Wellesley Free Library is not only a go-to resource for books and media, it offers dynamic programming options free to the public — from lectures to hands-on activities — many of which focus on educat- ing adults and children about our environment. For instance, Eyes on Owls, taught by naturalist and owl enthusiast, Marcia Wilson, lets attendees meet six different live owls up-close and learn why it's so important to protect them. Living Sustainably in the EcoCamp is held one week each summer for rising 6th, 7th, or 8th grade Wellesley students who are selected by lottery. Co-sponsored by Wellesley's Youth Commission and the Wellesley Conservation Council, the day camp is designed to expose kids to the wonders of the environ- ment while educating them on outdoor skills. "They fish on Sabrina Lake, kayak on Morses Pond, and learn to identify invasive water plants like bittersweet vines which are six inches thick and can choke a tree down," explains Pete Jones, board director of the Wellesley Conservation Council (WCC), who co-runs the program with Matthew Hornung, Lehigh University freshman and WCC board advisor, and Maura Renzella, director of Wellesley's Youth Commission. As part of the camp, kids also visit Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, where they learn about the ecological impacts of climate change, and Mass Horticulture's Elm Bank, where they taste rose hips and original vegetation dating back to the days of the Pilgrims. 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 8 143 education "designed to expose kids to the wonders of the environment"

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