Paulson Initiative Events come in all forms: performances, celebrations, workshops, walks, and more!

Art Outdoors! Paulson Fall Break Events

Join the Paulson Initiative for two Art Outdoors! events during fall break! RSVP is required:


Wednesday, October 21: make your own mini bouquet using unexpected natural material gathered from the campus’ fall foliage 🍂 Make one for yourself or for a friend! Event will take place at Paramecium Pond. Limited space. RSVP is required:

Mini Bouquet Making: 1-2 pm RSVP

Mini Bouquet Making: 2-3 pm RSVP

Mini Bouquet Making: 3-4 pm RSVP


Thursday, October 22: Nature Journaling: Sketch what you see. Write what you feel. Interested in writing, drawing, and observing the nature of Wellesley’s beautiful campus? Well, you can do all three! Art supplies will be provided. Limited space. RSVP is required. Sign up with a friend! 

Nature Journaling: 1-2 pm RSVP

Nature Journaling: 2-3 pm RSVP

Nature Journaling: 3-4 pm RSVP


If you need accommodations due to a disability or health related need in order to participate in this event please contact Jim Wice, Director of Disability Services -; (781) 283-2434.

Past Campus Events

This Earth Week is different than we had planned, but there are many ways to support a sustainable and regenerative planet from wherever you are on the Earth.

Learn more about small actions you can take all month at the 50 actions for 50 years campaign, a collaboration of the Paulson Initiative, Office of Sustainability, and Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, inspired by actions at colleges throughout the Northeast this Earth Month. Find out what we're doing on our Instagram page!

This Earth Week: Discover the Animals and Plants Who Live Near Your Home!

Join the City Nature Challenge!

It's easy! Just follow the steps below:

  1. Get the iNaturalist app and sign up for an account
  2. Take photos of nature all around you, in your house, in your yard, in your neighborhood (#staysafe!)
  3. Upload photos to iNaturalist and try to identifiy what you found with help from the app and a giant network of naturalists - 

See information here on getting started and tutorials for taking great photos at iNaturalist.

Here are some other resources:


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This Earth Week, Support a Sustainable Food System

There are many ways to support a sustainable food system from home, including regrowing food from kitchen scraps and starting a home compost program. If you are able, you can also support pollinators by planting pollinator friendly plants in your yard or supporting bee habitat (as simple as leaving a pile of sticks or not raking away leaves).

Find more ways to support pollinators at Xerces Society and check out this story on the honeybee research by Professor Heather Mattila who keeps honeybee hives on campus for her research.

The Ecological Landscape Alliance also provides fascinating information about plants and pollination in this (Virtual) Walk in the Garden with Rebecca McMackin 


Past Public Events