In cooperation with children’s author Heidi Clemmer, WELLFLEET CONSERVATION TRUST offers a new edition of the program: Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ………………………………CONTACT: DENNIS O’CONNELL………………………………  508-349-2162                                                                                                                                                                                        (Wellfleet, MA… September 8, 2016) – Wellfleet Conservation Trust (WCT) announces that it is again cosponsoring the successful Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers programs of after-school walks through some of Wellfleet’s conservation areas. The programs will be led by Heidi Clemmer and Marisa Picariello, the author and the illustrator of a new series of nature books for children. The program will expose kids and families to the beauty of Wellfleet’s open space lands while teaching them about the habitats and wildlife of the outer Cape. Each of the programs will focus on a different eco-system and will be paired with one of the books in their series.

After 21 years as an elementary school teacher, Heidi Clemmer retired and decided to devote her leisure time and energies to her true passion: teaching children about nature. With illustrator and collaborator Marisa Picariello, she has launched a nature book series called “Cape Cod Eco-Tales”. The Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers is a program that combines the educational content of Clemmer’s books with a live ‘hands-on’ experience in nature. The children get to listen, explore and create: they hear a lively and imaginative nature story told by the author and illustrator, explore the corresponding ecosystem, and then create their own souvenir of the experience in art, writing, or photography. WCT President Dennis O’Connell stated “In addition to being a thoroughly enjoyable family activity, we hope it will foster an early appreciation of the surrounding habitats and natural resources in our kids, something they can keep throughout their lifetimes.”

The walks are planned for Wednesday afternoons and are geared towards children 6-9 accompanied by an adult, although all are welcome. There is no cost to participate. The programs schedules are:

September 28 at the Indian Neck Beach featuring the book Barrier Beach Bums,

October 26 at Uncle Tim’s Bridge featuring the book Salt Marsh Secrets,

November 9 at Bound brook Island featuring the book Heathland Habitat,

April 5 at The Walker Conservation Land and Trail featuring the book Vernal Pool Visitors,

May 10 at Gull Pond featuring the book Kettle Pond Community, and

June 7 at Newcomb Hollow Beach featuring the book Dune Dwellers.

Advance registration is required. The walks begin at 2:30PM, meeting at locations. Tales & Trails is funded by WCT and supported in part by a grant from the Wellfleet Cultural Council, a local agency which receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. To register or inquire about the walks, email Heidi Clemmer at

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