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Become a Junior Conservation Commissioner in this five-session science and civics program led by a teacher naturalist from Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.

Enjoy interactive STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities and hands-on experiments all about wetlands. Interact with the town Conservation Commissioner, play games, and have fun on an outdoor field trip to Moose Hill.

In addition to the five sessions, attend an expo May 6, where you will share your work with your parents and the community and earn a certificate for becoming a Junior Conservation Commissioner.

Program Outline
Week 1: Wetlands - In this session, discover wetlands and the Conservation Commission through fun hands on activities.

Week 2: Watersheds - Make your own watershed, enjoy experimenting, and play water journey games.

Week 3: Food Web - Work together as a group to create a wildlife based food web, interact with a live turtle, and learn how turtles relate to the food web.

Week 4: Wildlife - Explore biofacts of wetland species such as owl feathers, turtle shells, and furs, and discover why certain species are important “bio-indicators” for the Conservation Commission.

Week 5: Field Experience at Moose Hill - Take a field trip to Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon and explore the natural areas. Visit a vernal pool, use nets to dip into the pool and collect aquatic macro-invertebrates, and determine the biodiversity and the health of the ecosystem. Use your knowledge from previous sessions to discuss the land use and how it impacts the ecosystem.

Culminating Expo - At the end of the five sessions, the participants will work collaboratively to create informative poster boards about information you learned and display them at an expo open to the public for your family and friends to enjoy.

Julia Signorella

Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather that inhibits activity, you will be notified by email of that day's cancellation as early as possible. Every effort will be made to make up the missed class at the end of the program. During the winter, if Walpole Public School closes due to inclement weather, Recreation Department programs and classes will also be cancelled for the day.

Activity Schedule
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Refund Policy
Because the Recreation Department incurs expenses to hire staff, purchase supplies and materials, and contract other expenses in preparation of a program, the department cannot offer full refunds. Full credits may be issued. Partial refunds may be issued upon request, however a 20% administrative fee over the overall program cost will be deducted per registrant. The Recreation Department will not issue refunds for any credit card convenience fees incurred. No refunds or credits will be issued without 48 hours' notice prior to the start of the program.

If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact the Recreation Department at 508-660-6353 or directly at

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