Wellesley College on Monday kicked off its Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative, a five-year effort to transform the school’s relationship with its lush and varied landscape by treating it as a living laboratory for cross-discipline study and research. Students, faculty and staff took part in a series of associated events on Monday, Sept. 11, from a scavenger hunt around Lake Waban to a bird walk to foraging.
When I swung by Paramecium Pond on campus during what Wellesley College was calling Sustainability Day, geoscience students and faculty were testing the water’s pH level and temperature — both from the water and from the shore — as part of an exploration involving the pond’s water source.
The overall initiative is made possible by Wellesley alum (’69) Wendy Judge Paulson, a generous donor to the school who is also chairman emerita of the worldwide conservation initiative, Rare.
Great to see this. Wellesley High School, with it’s eco-friendly building, needs to encourage this type of initiative as well. These kids need to get outside more often anyhow.