October 19: Boston-area Fulbright Visiting Scholars and their family members spent a day taking in the New England fall colors at a nearby nature sanctuary and festival.
Scholars began the day at the Audobon Society’s “Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary,” a former farmstead surrounded by woodlands, wetlands and meadows. Naturalists led the group on a tour of the farmstead and surrounding nature, where they had the chance to see a giant boulder deposited by an ancient glacier. Children had a chance to feed the farm’s sheep and enjoyed running in the fields and playing with the milkweed fluff that blowed around them.
Scholars see an ancient glacial rock at the Audobon Sanctuary.
Walking the trails at the Audobon Sanctuary.
Next Scholars went to the Wachusett Mountain Applefest where they enjoyed food, rides, games, shopping and performances. They ended the trip with a Skyride lift to the mountain summit where, surrounded by fall colors, they enjoyed a clear view all the way to Boston and New Hampshire.
View of New Hampshire mountains from the Skyride.
October 24: A group of Fulbright scholars, students, and their families headed out from Manhattan for Alstede Farm in New Jersey for their first ever apple picking experience! They were treated to a hay ride tour where they learned about the cultivation of a family owned farm and organic farming practices. After romping through the farm’s apple orchards and picking apples to take home, the group enjoyed an American BBQ and a chance to explore a corn maze, visit the petting zoo, and shop at the local store for farm fresh produce.
Albanian scholar Evetla Londo (left) and Pakistani scholar Shagufta Akhtar experience apple picking for the first time!
Shannon, a guide at Alstede Farms in Chester, New Jersey, shows Fulbright scholars and students the apple orchards