Conservation Council receives Turkey Trot grant

Pictured from left to right: Michael Tobin (WCC), Stephanie Hawkinson (WTTF), Judith Barr (WCC), Carol Chaoui and Kate Maul (WTTF), and John Spencer (WCC).

The Wellesley Conservation Council (WCC) recently received a $3000 grant from the Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation (WTTF) to design and add interactive plant identification markers along the trails at its Guernsey and Pickle Point Sanctuaries.

The markers will provide common and scientific names of selected plants and trees. Visitors can use their smartphones to interact with a plant-specific QR-code on each marker that will link to further web-based, plant-specific information. The information can also be used in structured programs to educate youth and interest adults in matters of conservation.

QR-code markers will be placed on portions of the Guernsey and Pickle Point trails by early summer. Installation will be complete by late summer.

The Wellesley Conservation Council is a private land trust and conservation education organization incorporated in 1958. It protects and preserves the natural environment in Wellesley by maintaining ten sanctuaries totaling 44 acres that are open to the public for study and enjoyment.

Founded in 2015, the Turkey Trot Foundation organizes and engages the community in the Wellesley Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk and supports local charities in the areas of cancer, medical research, education and community service.

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