Wellesley Sustainability Roundup: free tree saplings; join Girl Scouts in nature challenge; Natick Earth Day has 30 events; Simons Park grand opening; test drive an EV; Couch band teams with Mass Audubon

Free tree saplings—April 23 & 24

Wellesley resident Jack Kenney has coordinated a free tree sapling distribution event in partnership with the Natural Resources Commission to celebrate Earth Week. Residents can pick up free saplings on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24 (while supplies last), 10am-2pm for both days, at Wellesley’s temporary Town Hall location, 888 Worcester St.  400 donated trees will be available .

This is the second annual tree sapling distribution event Jack has held in Wellesley. Last year his team donated 300 tree saplings for local families to plant on their private properties. Jack, a senior at the University of Vermont, says, “Being able to give back to the community where I grew up, went to school, and ultimately now operate our business has given me a such a deep sense of gratitude. Involving local residents and especially young kids in environmental education and project initiates like this helps grow awareness, community, and curiosity around the necessity of environmental activism and imperfect sustainability.”

The tree distribution event is made possible through the donation of the team from Holiday Haulaways. The local company founded in 2019, delivers, install, and recycle Christmas trees in environmentally innovative ways. His team turns the trees into mulch, woodchips for trail restoration, and feed for farm animals of local farms like goats. For each Christmas tree Holiday Haulaways recycles they plant at least one tree in the communities they work in.

Questions: Jack Kenney, 617-777-4150, jack@holidayhaulaways.com

 Help Girl Scouts go for silver—April 27 & 28

Wellesley Girl Scouts troop 73505 are earning their Silver Award by coordinating a local event for the global City Nature Challenge. Join the Scouts on April 27 and April 28 (rain or shine) to document the biodiversity of Wellesley. The data collected becomes part of a citizen science project documenting the biodiversity across the globe. All ages are welcome. Registration is recommended. Walk-ins are welcome.

Simons Park, Wellesley
Simons Park, Wellesley

How to participate

  • Register here
  • Make a nature observation at one of four Wellesley locations
  • Take a clear photo
  • Upload the photo to the free i Naturalist app.

Event locations

  • Simons Park Pollinator Garden, Saturday, April 27, 10:30am-12:00pm, PARK at  Cameron Street lot on Cameron and Washington Streets.
  • Longfellow Pond Trail, Saturday, April 27, 1pm-2:30pm, PARK at 204 Oakland St. Wellesley
  • North 40 Vernal Pool, Sunday, April 28, 10:30am – 12:00pm, PARK at the top of Turner Road off of Weston Road in Wellesley
  • Brook Path, park between Cameron and Brook Streets in Wellesley, Sunday, April 28, 1pm-2:30 pm

Beyond wellesley: Earth Day all around Natick—April 27 & 28

You are invited to Natick’s Earth Day festivities, April 27-28.

More than 30 events all over town have been organized by residents, families, community groups, and local organizations. Get outside, interact, learn, and do something good for the Earth and its living things.

Simons Park grand opening—May 1

Celebrate May Day, marking the halfway point between the spring equinox and summer solstice by joining the NRC and WFL at the Simons Park grand opening celebration on Wednesday, May 1, 5pm-6:30pm, at the Wellesley Free Library. Landscape Designer Evan Abramson will have a presentation outlining this 10k sq. ft. lawn conversion project, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and garden tour. Light snacks will be provided.

RSVP here.

Simons Park, Wellesley
Simons Park, summer 2023

Wellesley EV Test Drive and Showcase—May 9

Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant, Wellesley’s Climate Action Committee, and Sustainable Wellesley are hosting the 5th annual Wellesley EV Test Drive and Showcase on Thursday, May 9, 4pm-7pm, at MassBay Community College parking lot, 50 Oakland St., Wellesley. Register here.

Rain date: Thursday, May 16, 4pm-7pm

What to expect

  • Test drive an EV or hybrid: 10+ makes and models available.
  • Chat with Wellesley residents who own EVs and hybrid cars.
  • Get expert advice on buying an EV, incentives, charging, and more

Questions? Email Marybeth Martello, Sustainability Director, mmartello@wellesleyma.gov

Couch band teams with Mass Audubon

Couch, a popular band we’ve written about because of its Wellesley connections, reached out to us about a partnership it has established with the non-profit Mass Audubon organization. The band celebrated Earth Day by offering fans a limited-edition green vinyl—and donating all proceeds to Mass Audubon.


“No organization in the Boston area does more than Mass Audubon to protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, and advocate for impactful environmental policies. We’re so happy to be partnering with them and introducing their incredible work to our fans,” said Couch guitarist and manager Zach Blankstein, in a statement.

While the vinyl has sold out, Couch still encourages fans to donate to Mass Audubon via its custom link.