WLCT is thrilled to announce our new, full-time Community Connections Coordinator, Aaron Teixeira.

“Connect more people to the land, through innovative programs, interactive spaces, and expansion to access” is a key component of WLCT’s strategic plan. We’re excited to begin this new step in connecting people of all ages with the land.

Aaron Teixeira is a nature enthusiast whose interests lie at the intersection of environmental preservation, community, and the arts. He has been a birdwatcher for about as long as he can remember; some of his earliest memories are of hiking the ridges at the southern end of Aquidneck Island, looking out over Sachuest Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Aaron has worked as a Land & Trails Intern at Allens Pond, surveying tern nests from a kayak and doing water sampling with the Buzzards Bay Coalition; he has also collected phenological data for Mountain Watch in the boreal forests and alpine environments of the Northern Presidentials while living in the White Mountains, working for the Appalachian Mountain Club.

The throughline in this series of professional outdoor adventures has been – and continues to be – a search for meaning in the patterns of nature. Aaron is dedicated to the notion that natural areas and outdoor spaces are where humans go to feel a sense of wholeness, and that there is healing in wild places.

“We are really excited Aaron has joined the WLCT team. Connecting people to the special places we have preserved as a community is paramount to our future stewardship of these unique resources. Aaron is excited and well-versed in connecting people to the land!”

– Ross Moran, WLCT Executive Director

Born and raised in Bristol, Rhode Island, Aaron has a deep sense of connection to the lands of southern New England, especially. He was endowed with a respect for the work of environmental conservation at a young age, and feels especially privileged to be doing that work in the beautiful South Coast community of Westport.

Aaron is thrilled to be building connections with community partners, leveraging resources for preservation, and working with the people of Westport to continue to protect and steward their beautiful lands. Please stop by the Learning Center at Westport Woods Conservation Park and say hello!