Raptors, goats and you; festivities on the North 40 this weekend

With scarcely a break in the chaotic developments pertaining to the destiny of the North 40 over the last year, most residents have at least heard of the plot of wooded land off Weston Road and Route 135.  Despite its notoriety, however, many residents have never actually stepped foot on the 46-acre plot of natural land.  Luckily for residents of all ages, the opportunity to explore the secluded forest nestled between suburbia and the highway is right around the corner on Saturday, May 16.

Whether one wants to get up-close and personal with a raptor or come eye-to-eye with a goat, the place to be from 10am to 4pm on Saturday is the North 40.  With trail walks regularly leaving from the Morses Pond parking lot off Turner Road for an exploratory journey through the mature pine forest before emerging into the community gardens on Weston Road to personally meet with birds and mammals, “Explore the North 40” is the ideal chance for residents of every age to become better acquainted with their own backyard.

The purpose of the day’s events isn’t limited to the fun on the surface, however.  According to Pete Jones, a leader in the Friends of the North 40 and the Wellesley Celebrations Committee, “the purpose of the event is to educate Wellesley residents on the benefits of the North 40 to their health and wellbeing in the hopes of retaining both the natural land and the gardens for generations to come.”  The Friends of the North 40 will also march in the parade and host tables at Saturday’s Sustainable Living Festival and Sunday’s Picnic in the Park to engage with residents on the importance of conservation when it comes to the North 40.

“Explore the North 40” is only one of many events going on this town that center on sustainability.  The Municipal Light Plant will also host the Sustainable Living Festival from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, where residents learn how to “green” their lifestyles with tools ranging from solar power to reused materials.  The third Wellesley Farmer’s Market of the year will also take place at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Washington Street from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.

For more information about the weekend’s events, visit www.wellesleyweekend.com.

(Matthew Hornung and Olivia Gieger)

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