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In cooperation with children’s author Heidi Clemmer, WELLFLEET CONSERVATION TRUST launches new program: Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers


Wellfleet Conservation Trust announces Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers, a new program of after-school walks through some of Wellfleet’s conservation areas.  The walks will be led by Heidi Clemmer, author of a new series of nature books for children.  The program will expose kids and families to the beauty of Wellfleet’s conservation lands while teaching them about the habitats and wildlife of the outer Cape. Each of the walks will focus on a different eco-system and will be paired with one of the books in her series.


WCT will offer six walks throughout the year.  The program represents an expansion of a pilot walk offered last October, when a group of nine elementary school children listened to Clemmer’s Salt Marsh Secrets and then explored the salt marsh eco-system around Hamblen Island Park and Uncle Tim's Bridge.  “The first walk was so well received by kids and parents alike that we decided to offer more,” commented WCT President Dennis O’Connell, “and we are delighted to work with Heidi Clemmer.” Three walks remain in the fall: cedar swamps in September, tidal flats in October and dunes in November.


Click here for a schedule of the walks.


After 21 years as an elementary school teacher, Heidi Clemmer retired and decided to devote her leisure time and energies to her true passion: teaching children about nature.  With illustrator and collaborator Marisa Picariello, she has launched an ambitious nine-title nature book series called Cape Cod Eco-Tales. Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers is a program that combines the educational content of Clemmer’s books with a live ‘hands-on’ experience in Wellfleet’s conservation areas. 


On the walks, children get to listen, explore and create:  they hear a nature story told by the author herself, explore the corresponding ecosystem, and then create their own souvenir of the experience in art, writing, or photography.  “In addition to being a thoroughly enjoyable family activity, we hope it will foster an early appreciation of our surrounding natural resources in our kids,” added O’Connell, “something they can keep throughout their lifetimes.”


The walks are planned for Wednesday afternoons and are geared towards children 6-9 accompanied by an adult, although all are welcome. There is no cost to participate.  Advance registration is required. The walks begin at 2:30PM at locations designated on the WCT website. Tales & Trails is funded by WCT and supported in part by a grant from the Wellfleet Cultural Council, a local agency which receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  


To register or inquire about the walks, email Heidi Clemmer at ecotales@aol.com.





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WELLFLEET CONSERVATION TRUST offers its 10th Annual Guided Walk on Saturday, September 10th On Lieutenant Island, Wellfleet


The Wellfleet Conservation Trust will conduct its 10th Annual Guided Walk on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 beginning at 9AM.   The walk, which is open to the public, free of charge, will be a tour of Lieutenant’s Island in South Wellfleet guided by local experts. 





The walk will begin at 9AM on Saturday, September 10th at the beginning of the Lt. Island causeway (before the bridge).  Parking will be limited so carpooling is recommended. The walk is about 2.7 miles in length. Walkers will be offered the opportunity to leave the walk earlier if necessary.  Estimated time of the walk is  2.5 – 3.0 hours.  Much of the walk is exposed and about half is along the shore of Blackfish Creek.  The walk is free of charge, all are welcome to participate, and no reservation is necessary.  Rain date is Sunday, September 11h at 9AM at the same location.  If there is a rain date, it will be announced on the WCT website by 6:30 AM on the 10th.











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