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Focus on Outdoor Education at 2012 Annual Meeting  

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 general public.















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