Melissa Riley speaking at the Attleboro
Land Trust annual meeting.
photo: Charles Adler
The importance of educating our
youth about the natural world around us was the subject of the
keynote address during the annual meeting of the Attleboro Land Trust on
Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Attleboro Arts Museum.
Melissa Riley, a retired teacher and
a land trust board member, presented a slide show entitled, “Enticing
school-aged children and their families to become amateur naturalists”.
The presentation was a tour of Attleboro Land Trust
properties and trails, as well as a look at some of the animals and
plants to be found in these wild habitats.
Riley also unveiled a new booklet that she designed
in collaboration with the Attleboro Conservation Commission and Mass
Audubon's Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary.
The booklet features trail maps of conservation
areas in the city, along with photos of each area and activities for
kids to do when visiting these areas. The booklet was funded by
donations in memory of Barbara Corrigan, Attleboro artist and nature
lover. Copies of the booklet will be made available to schools and youth
groups. The booklet, and an educational outreach effort to go with it,
will help the Attleboro Land Trust reach its goal of raising public
awareness of its conservation mission among schoolchildren and the