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Remembering longtime naturalist and educator John Weeks

The nature community in central New York lost one of its biggest advocates recently. John Weeks died last month at the age of 96. He was instrumental in the creation of nature centers like Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus, Rodgers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne, Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego, and Sterling Nature Center in Sterling.

His program, The Nature of Things, aired on WRVO Public Media for more than 20 years, and he also wrote a book called ‘Nature’s Quiet Conversations’ and was an accomplished artist.

Click the play button below to hear from Whitney Lash-Marshall, executive director of Baltimore Woods, about John Weeks’ legacy, as well as archive audio of Weeks talking about the importance of experiencing nature.

A memorial service for John Weeks will be held Saturday, June 26 at 11 a.m. and will be streamed online

Mark is the local host of "All Things Considered" weekdays. He's also the host and producer of "Tuned to Yesterday" which showcases shows and stories from radio's golden age.