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Aspetuck Land Trust Hosts Weston Explorer

Richard Wiese said he can get as excited about a bobcat in Weston as he can about a lion in Africa. Not one week goes by without Wiese visiting Trout Brook Valley or Devil's Den in Weston.

"I notice the paw prints by the streams. There's a secret world of animals in Weston," said Wiese, who lives in town.

Wiese will be the guest speaker at the Aspetuck Land Trust's annual meeting June 2 at the Pequot Library in Southport. He will discuss his book, "Born To Explore," a guidebook for adults and children on how to survive while exploring the great outdoors. It was inspired by a group of high school students who, while in Antarctica, didn't put down their Game Boys long enough to watch more than 50 whales swim by in the ocean.

"There's something really wrong with people that are that disconnected with the natural world," said Wiese. "People freak out about coyotes – I freak out more when I see people driving with cell phones. There are way more people killed by cars than by an interaction with nature. I embrace interactions with nature."

Wiese will host "Born to Explore," a science education adventure show, starting in September on ABC. He will travel to places such as Belize and Australia and introduce his viewers to not only the environment but also to the people he meets along the way.In 2002, Wiese became the youngest president in the Explorers Club's 100-year history. He has tagged jaguars in the Yucatan jungles, captured crocodiles, achieved the first ascent of an unclimbed mountain in Alaska, discovered 29 new life forms on Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and cross-country skied to the North Pole in minus-25-degree weather.

Wiese's father was the first man to solo the Pacific Ocean in an airplane. He gave his family the opportunity to travel frequently, which became an addiction for his son. Richard Wiese lives in Weston with his wife and children.

For more information about the Aspetuck Land Trust's Annual Meeting, contact David Brant 203-331-1906 or .

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