Understand our History
The Wellesley Conservation Council was founded in 1958 to protect and preserve Wellesley's environment, its fields, forests, streams and wetlands for future generations and to promote environmental education.
Visit our Sanctuaries
The Council purchased its first property, Pickle Point, in March 1960. When asked, "What do you plan to do with it?" we answered, "Why, leave it as it is, of course." This was a new idea to some people. Guernsey Sanctuary, the Heyl Sanctuary, Pickle Point, Cronk's Rocky Woodland and the Lienau Memorial Trail in Carisbrooke Reservation are beautiful sanctuaries to visit throughout the seasons. Visit our Sanctuary of the Month.
Learn Through our Programs
We offer two educational programs each year that are free and open to the public, a yearly guided tour of Cronk's Rocky Woodland, our wildflower garden, and sponsor the Edwina Lareau Prize, a photo essay contest, open to all seventh grade science students at the Wellesley Middle School.
Participate in a Bird Walk
This spring join the Council on a series of bird walks led by experienced naturalists. The leader will direct the group to the most promising birding site of the day.
Read about the News
Find out about the projects the Council is working on, updates on the sanctuaries and conservation issues in Wellesley and Massachusettts.
Discover New Resources
Explore Wellesley's open spaces and natural history through the Council's publications such as Walks in Wellesley and The Web of Life Around Longfellow Pond, discover new natural areas in and around Wellesley and locate birding information through print and electronic sources.
Become a Member
Help us maintain our sanctuaries through your membership and participation.